Patt Morrison for December 9, 2009

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A new report out from the Public Policy Institute of California is busting state water myths, left and right. Coming on the heels of Department of Water and Power data last week that shows Angelinos at an 18 year low in individual water consumption, the PPIC’s “California Water Myths” study says the state isn’t actually running out of water; it’s already run out of abundant water, and building dams and using less water won’t solve the problem. The most damning (get it?) part of the study says that there is no way to make every interested party in the water debate happy. So how can we get to a realistic compromise on California’s water policy?
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As the Troubled Asset Relief Program begins what was supposed to be its final victory lap, there are several proposals of how to use the remaining and gradually repaid federal funds. While TARP is scheduled to end on Dec. 31st everyone suddenly has a new use for the once reviled bailout fund, from a new job-creation program to paying down the national debt. Meanwhile serious questions remain about how TARP was used by the financial firm recipients, from the lack of commercial lending to bonuses for executives. The TARP Cop, chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel, joins Patt to lay out the next steps for the program that everyone loves to hate.
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The highest stained glass ceiling

Two women have been elected as suffragan, or assistant, bishops to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. If confirmed, they would be the first female bishops in the 114-year history of the Episcopal Church. You might think, it’s about time but one of them, Rev. Canon Mary D. Glasspool, is a lesbian. That compounds the road to confirmation because leaders of the Anglican Communion have been deeply divided over the appointment of homosexual bishops--they only recently (in July) lifted a ban on electing them to the lofty position. The Archbishop of Canterbury is warning that confirming Rev. Glasspool could further divide the Anglican Communion and “raise serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion, but for the Communion as a whole.”
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Going Rouge!

Not “Going Rogue,” but “Going Rouge”—the near namesake to Sarah Palin’s memoir, published the very same day—chronicles the apoplectic outrage and satire that roiled from pundits on the left in response to the then Alaskan Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee. Patt talks with contributors to the collection—Slate’s senior editors Emily Bazelon and Dahlia Lithwick wax poetic about the 2008 campaign trail and the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin.
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