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Saturday, April 22, 2017

In a unique study spanning the entire continent, scientists have found that water is gushing across Antarctica -- more than they ever realized. The researchers from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found significant drainage of meltwater flowing across the continent's ice sheets during summer in Antarctica. ... The discovery of widespread streams across the continent is ominous news, indicating Antarctica's ice may be much more vulnerable to melting than scientists predicted. Free-flowing water, which absorbs solar energy more than ice, puts nearby ice at greater risk of melting.


Washington Post: Known for decades as a bastion of free speech, Berkeley has become an ideological -- and actual -- battleground, where even proposals to bring a polarizing speaker to campus are creating a wrenching dilemma. Now, the university -- known as the birthplace of the 1960s Free Speech Movement -- has been forced to weigh the values of free expression that it has long championed against the safety of its students and community. ... "It feels like we've become the O.K. Corral for the Hatfield and McCoys of the right and left," said Dan Mogulof, the university's assistant vice chancellor for public affairs. "We're the venue for these showdowns taking place." read more


Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic: Let the betting pools begin: What will be the next policy issue that Donald Trump suddenly discovers is way more complicated than "anyone" ever imagined? Already, the aggressively policy-ignorant president has marveled that dealing with touchy issues such as North Korea, China, the Ex-Im bank, Syria, and health care, requires more than trash talk and an itchy Twitter finger. And, while he has yet to break the bad news to the dying coal towns that backed him, Trump has been meeting with energy execs, some of whom have had to gently explain that, when it comes to saving the industry, there's not all that much he can do. Because -- all together now! -- it's complicated. read more


Not one member of Congress representing the region that President Donald Trump's proposed border wall would run through has declared support for his request for funding to begin construction, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Per the report, the Wall Street Journal surveyed lawmakers who represent territory on the United States' southwest border and found that most are opposed to Trump's request for funding to begin work on the wall, while many still have questions. ... "There is no way in hell I support the request for $1.4 billion in border wall spending," Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) told the Wall Street Journal.


Fox News will have paid out more than $85 million to make multiple sexual harassment allegations go away following news that the cable network's former top star Bill O'Reilly may get a $25 million severance after he was fired this week. O'Reilly, who headed the network's flagship "The O'Reilly Factor," parted ways with Fox News on Wednesday, April 19 after an internal investigation at the network conducted by a law firm found multiple women had complained about his behavior. ... In the nine months since Ailes' ouster, Fox News has appointed a new head of human resources and conducted sensitivity training for employees.


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