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GQ, Nov. 4, 2020
Republicans Are Trying to Make Bush v. Gore Happen Again
And from a strictly legal perspective, as University of California, Irvine law professor Rick Hasen wrote this morning …. “So could the election be litigated to a conclusion? Sure, but it’s not likely unless there is significant tightening in both the electoral college projections and the absolute margin in a key state.” Since those conditions haven’t been met, and likely won’t be, don’t count on Bush v. Gore to come back to haunt this already-unnerving election cycle.

U.S. News & World Report (AP), Nov. 4, 2020
California Retains Cash Bail, Rejects Punishment Rollbacks
California voters …. overturned a state law that would have ended what critics call a predatory cash bail system, another change long sought by reformers. … The bail change fell victim to an unusual coalition of opponents on both the left and right, leaving supporters scratching their heads on how to move forward. “Those attacks from both sides led to its failure, even though what we see in the state overall is a real support for progressive reforms,” said University of California, Irvine, criminologist Keramet Reiter.

Orange County Register, Nov. 4, 2020
Orange County holds out in red tier as coronavirus case rate climbs
Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of UC Irvine’s public health program and an expert in social epidemiology, said recently that trouble could be brewing, especially in the face of mingling holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. People are tired of pandemic rules and are letting their guard down, Boden-Albala said, which she predicted would cause an early November uptick in cases over that could kick off a new wave. [Access the Orange County Register here:  https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 4, 2020
Orange County, once a GOP bastion, goes for Biden over Trump
Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies at UC Irvine, said the county also has experienced “sort of the national demographic trend of white women being a little bit more suspicious of the Republican Party.” … Another factor, DeSipio said, is Democrats’ increased attention and activity in the county. They’ve made significant gains in voter registration — overtaking Republicans in that metric last year — and swept the county’s seven congressional seats in 2018. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BBC Science Focus, Nov. 3, 2020
How to build resilience: 3 science-backed tips
Golnaz Tabibnia, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, who studies resilience, adds that affect labelling doesn’t just help in the moment, but can also help in the long-term. She conducted research with her team and found that repeatedly labelling the negative emotions conveyed by distressing images reduced the physiological arousal those same images triggered a week later.

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