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He couldn’t hack it as a drug-sniffing dog. Now he’s conservation’s best friend CNN. Good dog! 11-foot wall of water: One dam breaks, three counties suffer Lincoln Journal-Star Severe Flooding Omaha to Southern Wisconsin – 50s Possible Late Next Week Star Tribune. Lots of charts and maps. Here is a National Weather Service map. Insurance Rates Seen Rising in Flood-Prone Areas With Trump Plan Bloomberg Deutsche Bank set to announce merger talks with Commerzbank: source Reuters BREAKING: County Board Approves Amazon Incentive Package Arlington Now The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change HuffPo The Toxic Consequences of America’s Plastics Boom The Nation Brexit How the backstop deal was done – and why Cox blew it apart RTE (PD) [puts head in

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He couldn’t hack it as a drug-sniffing dog. Now he’s conservation’s best friend CNN. Good dog!

11-foot wall of water: One dam breaks, three counties suffer Lincoln Journal-Star

Severe Flooding Omaha to Southern Wisconsin – 50s Possible Late Next Week Star Tribune. Lots of charts and maps. Here is a National Weather Service map.

Insurance Rates Seen Rising in Flood-Prone Areas With Trump Plan Bloomberg

Deutsche Bank set to announce merger talks with Commerzbank: source Reuters

BREAKING: County Board Approves Amazon Incentive Package Arlington Now

The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change HuffPo

The Toxic Consequences of America’s Plastics Boom The Nation

Brexit

How the backstop deal was done – and why Cox blew it apart RTE (PD) [puts head in hands].

Brexit talks focused on legal guarantees ‘not cash’, says DUP Irish Times. Good to know.

The Prime Minister of Humiliation Der Spiegel

‘Back me and we’ll be out by May’: Prime Minister urges MPs to vote for her deal or risk being stuck forever in the EU’s ‘Hotel California’ Daily Mail. “Hotel California” is attributed to a source, not May.

The Fake News Nazi – Corbyn, Williamson And The Anti-Semitism Scandal Media Laens

Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness Agence France Presse

737 Max

Boeing’s Unsuccessful Attempt to Avert a Crisis Der Spiegel

Boeing 737 Crashes Raise Tough Questions on Aircraft Automation Bloomberg

Boeing’s woes complicate US-China trade talks FT. Agree or disagree, the crisp analysis backs up Amber Frost’s view (summarizing) that the New York Times is for fans, but the Financial Times is for players.

China

China’s “South Asia challenge” for the Belt and Road Initiative Lowy Institute

How could a sharp slowdown in China affect growth prospects for the rest of Asia? South China Morning Post

Domestic Workers In China: Invisible, Vulnerable, And Indispensable SupChina

Short-Term Exposure to Air Pollution May Increase Asthma Mortality MedPage Today. From China.

China Scrutinizes $43 Billion Pawn-Shop Lending Boom Bloomberg

India

India’s Sputtering Rural Growth Raises Stakes for Modi Blooomberg

We Are Already Living in a ‘New India’ – and It’s Alarmingly Water-Stressed The Wire

Delhi’s Dying Holy River The Diplomat

Syraqistan

Who Are the Private Contractors Fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? Defense One

Venezuela

Venezuela’s Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support France 24. Some tyranny!

Juan Guaidó’s Policy Proposals: ‘The Venezuela to Come’ or the Venezuela That Has Already Been? Venezuelanalysis

Netherlands, U.S. agree on use of Curacao as possible aid hub for Venezuela Reuters. Oh.

What’s behind the historic blackout? E&E News. From the article: “Maduro has blamed the blackout on a cyberattack on the plant’s all-important electronic monitoring system, though engineers who have worked on the dam say they don’t believe that. Three engineers consulted by the Associated Press explain that the computers that operate the monitoring system are not connected to the internet and can only communicate with each other, making them immune to an outside attack.” Not to put on my tinfoil hat, but these charmingly naïve engineers seem never to have heard of (a) USB sticks or (b) insider threats. To be fair, the Venezuelan government hasn’t released any data to support their own assessment of a cyber attack, although they promised to do so. For a possible parallel case, see US officials offered my friend cash to take down Tehran’s power grid Medium.

NetBlocks Tracks Venezuela’s Power Outage IEEE Spectrum

How millions of ‘dirty dollars’ were laundered out of Venezuela Deutsche Welle

Trump Transition

House Armed Services chairman says Democrats open to fairly big defense budget Federal News Radio. But how will they pay for it?

How a citizenship census question could hurt data accuracy Federal Times

Police believe New Zealand shooter may have acted alone FT

A teenager egged the Australian senator who blamed the Christchurch shooting on immigration — then got punched in the face WaPo. Now dubbed “#EggBoy.”

2020

Elizabeth Warren Actually Wants to Fix Capitalism NYT

Why Bernie Sanders is the only candidate going directly after Trump McClatchy

What Jesse taught Bernie about running for president Politico

I’ve Seen Civil War Destroy the Democrats Before. We Can’t Let it Happen Again. Politico. “A successful candidate will eschew identity politics and want to unite Americans rather than divide the country into warring tribes.” Exactly what Sanders is attempting to do, I would think, contradicting the article’s thesis that What America Needs Is Access to Pragmatism™.

Imperial Collapse Watch

America’s Global Vigilantism The American Conservative

Strategic Violence During Democratization: Evidence From Myanmar (PDF) Darin Christensen, Mai Nguyen, and Renard Sexton World Politics. Useful dynamic to know in a “warring states” Jackpot scenario.

Guillotine Watch

The college admissions scandal shows how US meritocracy is a sham Richard Reeves, FT. “In elite circles, the idea that coveted college places can be bought, one way or another, has been normalised. And once it is known that something is for sale, perhaps it is inevitable that some will come to believe that it can then be stolen, too.” Because markets.

Class Warfare

Why are millennials burned out? Capitalism. Vox. Hard to imagine a headline like this in a venue like Vox even two years ago, let alone in (say) 2008.

NASA going commercial could signal a paradigm shift for deep-space travel The Verge

Is a mission to Mars morally defensible given today’s real needs? Aeon (AL).

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