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Liveblogging the Deluge: Atmospheric River Storm Version 2.0

50 minutes agoAcademics / Geology : Geotripper

Intellicast radar image of January 18, 2017 What a strange January it has been. We were hit by the strongest storms in two decades, and there was a spate of flooding and high river flows across much of northern and central California. Show More Summary

My early 2009 take on Obama

I wrote it for a Spanish-language periodical, here is the end bit: There is plenty of talk about Obama being half-black but perhaps the more important fact is that Obama is from Hawaii. Many Hawaiians barely think of themselves as North Americans and they live thousands of miles from the continent. Show More Summary

“Aide to Md. lawmaker fabricated article on fraudulent votes for Clinton”

WaPo: A Republican legislative aide in Maryland who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging was fired Wednesday. Del. David E. Vogt III (R-Frederick) said he terminated Cameron Harris “on the spot” … Continue reading ?

“Obama calls voter fraud fears ‘fake news'”

CNN: President Barack Obama broke out the term “fake news” in reference to concerns about voter fraud on Wednesday, making the case that voting should be easier, not more difficult. Obama was asked in his final news conference as President … Continue reading ?

Trump: Super PACs Need to be “Straightened Out”

Maggie Haberman for the NYT: President-elect Donald J. Trump, in a free-flowing speech Wednesday night at a dinner honoring his running mate, Mike Pence, jabbed at his new Republican allies and his critics alike, questioned the ethics of “super PACs” … Continue reading ?

“Playing Cards in a Hurricane: Party Reform in an Age of Polarization”

Heather Gerken has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming, Houston Law Review). Here is the abstract: In his Frankel Lecture, “Outsourcing Politics: The Hostile Takeovers of Our Hollowed Out Parties,” Sam Issacharoff suggests that legal changes have systematically disabled the leadership … Continue reading ?

Save the date; 3 months to go until The International Liver CongressTM 2017

(European Association for the Study of the Liver) With just over three months to go until The International Liver Congress 2017, we invite you to attend the 52nd Annual Congress of The European Association for the Study of the Liver to be held April 19-23, at the RAI Congress Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“The Great Exception; California vs. Trump. Part One.”

Andy Kroll for the California Sunday Magazine. … Continue reading ?

Road salt may be a larger problem for lakes than thought

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that approximately 30 million tons of road salt were applied to U.S. roads during 2015 to speed up the melting of snow and ice. Recently, scientists have observed increasing impacts on ecosystems and water quality linked to its application. Show More Summary

PEN America Literary Awards finalists

They've announced the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards -- and there are a whole lot of categories. There's some good money on offer too -- the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award pays out US$75,000, which is many times over what...Show More Summary

Fiction in India in 2016 overview

At DNA Kanishka Gupta 'looks back at what's happened in the world of fiction in the past year' in India, in Much hype, few sales. Actually, commercial fiction apparently did do well -- it's the literary stuff that's lagging, as, depressingly: (T)here...Show More Summary

La Femme de Gilles review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Madeleine Bourdouxhe's 1937 novel, La Femme de Gilles. First translated into English a quarter of a century ago, this also came out in Northwestern University Press' excellent...Show More Summary

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