Speaking of the Ark, the Big California Storm of 2014 just passed over the Monterey Peninsula and generated flash floods I could see from my window. It’s calmed down for the moment, but elsewhere the storm produced wind gusts of 147 mph at Mt. Lincoln; nine inches of rain in Sonoma County; and seven-foot waves on Lake Tahoe.

I feel fortunate to have power (it did flicker a bit earlier), though I did make sure my laptop battery and phone (for the personal hotspot) were fully charged so as to make sure PA readers did not miss any content. We don’t tend to take off bad weather days at PA or WaMo, and that’s another reason you might want to consider making a donation in whatever amount you can afford to make sure we keep on keeping on whatever the conditions.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Cromnibus still hanging fire, though Boehner and company still projecting self-confidence amid some signs Republican support for bill is growing. Pelosi still pushing for concessions on Wall Street and campaign finance provisions.

* African-American congressional staffers walked off jobs for a bit today to hold protests about non-indictments of police officers in killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

* George Packer writes the one-more-thing you ought to read before no longer reading about the mess at TNR.

* At Ten Miles Square, James Wimberly warns that those pols who authorized torture may be getting off the hooks as everyone treats it as rogue operation by rogue agency.

* At College Guide, Jon Marcus discusses data mining of students by colleges–often for pedagogical purposes.

And in non-political news:

* Beverly Johnson allegations against Bill Cosby may be final blow to his career.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with the indispensable Sam Cooke song: “A Change is Gonna Come.”


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.