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Assistant editor, Guardian US. Based in New York

How live blogging has transformed journalism

theguardian.com — 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 | theguardian.com

theguardian.com — 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

theguardian.com — 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”

hrw.org — 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

theguardian.com — 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'

latimes.com — 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

bbc.co.uk — 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

theguardian.com — 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

guardian.co.uk — 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.
Oct 22, 2014

@anubiszz no problem! Yes it's been a long day. Still, two typos in one tweet is something of a record.

Oct 22, 2014

@nardac no problem. You're right to call me out, and yes I'd noticed others make the mistake too so somewhat embarrassed to have done same

Oct 22, 2014

@nardac tweeted in haste. Fortunately the piece is much better.

Oct 22, 2014

'They brought the war to Canada'. Powerful piece by @Justin_Ling, still barricated in the Ottowa parliament gu.com/p/42km2/stw

Oct 22, 2014

A British journalist works at the Post every year as part of the Stern fellowship. Eight of them remember Bradlee: gu.com/p/42khj/tw

Oct 22, 2014

How voter-friendly is your state? Not very, if you live in Wyoming, for example. Great interactive gu.com/p/42b5b/tw

Oct 21, 2014

Bodies of alleged Indiana serial killer left rotting in abandoned homes. But no one noticed, such is the blight gu.com/p/42jm9/tw

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