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Assistant editor, Guardian US. Based in New York

How live blogging has transformed journalism — 10.57 GMT: Hello and welcome to an article about live blogging, a discussion of a format that has been derided as murdering traditional reporting but is almost certainly the most important journalistic development of the past year. Unfortunately, it's impossible to sustain the live blog format beyond that opening conceit.

Super Pacs Explained | World news | — They may sound like superheroes - but Super Pacs don't save the world (or politics) from the bad guys. These strange legal hybrids are more Godzilla than Superman - and they're all over the 2012 Republican race... Back in more innocent political times, Pacs went about their business - raising money for candidates or parties - with much less controversy.

James Franco's cheeky display boosts Broadway Bares' bottom line — With an Instagram feed replete with shirtless selfies, James Franco is no stranger to taking his clothes off in public. But on Sunday night in New York, the star of Spider-Man and 127 Hours bared more than would be deemed acceptable by the social network's decency rules.

“Today’s impunity is tomorrow’s crime” — Over my last five years as a researcher with Human Rights Watch, I've listened to hundreds of men, women, and children in Côte d'Ivoire recount horrific abuses they saw or experienced linked to the country's decade-long politico-military crisis. I wish I could say with confidence that these victims will have their day in court.

Japanese figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu wins gold despite falling twice — The 19-year-old Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu has become the youngest skater for 66 years to take gold in the men's figure skating, despite falling twice in his final performance. After becoming the first skater to surpass the 100-point mark in the short programme on Thursday, Hanyu went into the free skate on Friday in the top spot.

America's Cup sailor died of 'blunt trauma with drowning' — The Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran, an America's Cup entry from Sweden, is shown capsized after training in San Francisco Bay on May 9. (Noah Berger / AP / ) An Olympic gold medalist training for the America's Cup who perished in San Francisco Bay when his boat capsized died of "blunt trauma with drowning," according to a medical examiner's report.

Sister Teresa Forcades: Europe's most radical nun — A Spanish nun has become one of Europe's most influential left-wing public intellectuals. This year, thousands have joined her anti-capitalist movement, which campaigns for Catalan independence, the reversal of public spending cuts and nationalisation of banks and energy companies. As political headquarters go, the monastery of St Benet has got to be among the most beautiful and peaceful anywhere.

Man bites man, and that man is now the BBC DG — Mark Thompson, the BBC's director general, is gaining a reputation as something of a rottweiler as he slashes into the corporation's staffing structure. Yesterday this image took on a physical manifestation when allegations emerged that, when he was editor of the Nine O'Clock News, Mr Thompson sank his teeth into the arms of a colleague in a canine-like display of workplace frustration.

Sack Kay Burley: today's top Twitter trend — There were two interesting and interconnected trends on Twitter today. One, #dontdoitnick, doesn't need much explanation. The only observation I would make is that a person who sits not very far from me in the Guardian office is claiming credit for inventing it on Friday.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @stuartmillar159: The guy overseeing plans that could evict an entire east London estate of 93 families has bought a £4m mansion…

Nov 26, 2014

'This is bigger than Michael Brown' @adamgabbatt captures the nuance in this video from Ferguson

Nov 26, 2014

@mccanner @oliverburkeman I am cooking, and eating, using Janine's oven ;) but yes she is hosting...

Nov 26, 2014

@oliverburkeman @mccanner I am very pleased to discover that store at end of my street sells both yams and marshmallows

Nov 23, 2014

Britain seems to have fallen out of love with Take That in my absence

Nov 22, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: State of the MSM: With limited seating for the as-yet-unscheduled grand jury presser, Vice, Guardian, Al Jazeera are among the invitees.

Nov 21, 2014

Terrific video by @robert_booth on the plight of east London residents facing huge rent rises under new US landlord

Nov 21, 2014

It's official. The Guardian now spells correctly the tallest building in New York

Nov 13, 2014

+1 RT @oliverburkeman: ("wintry mix" is one of my favourite American phrases)

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