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.
BREAKING: County Board Approves Amazon Incentive Package Arlington Now
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.
Italy probes mystery death of Berlusconi sex trial witness Agence France Presse
Boeing’s Unsuccessful Attempt to Avert a Crisis Der Spiegel
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.
How could a sharp slowdown in China affect growth prospects for the rest of Asia? South China Morning Post
Short-Term Exposure to Air Pollution May Increase Asthma Mortality MedPage Today. From China.
Delhi’s Dying Holy River The Diplomat
Venezuela’s Guaido starts domestic tour to stir support France 24. Some tyranny!
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
House Armed Services chairman says Democrats open to fairly big defense budget Federal News Radio. But how will they pay for it?
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.
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.
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.
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