Thursday News: This. Must. Stop.

BOMB THREAT CLOSES DOWN FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY: The historically Black university suspended campus operations until further notice, including canceling classes, evacuating employees and commuter students and instructing students who live on campus to shelter in place. The FSU men’s basketball game will now be played at Methodist University. This follows a wave of other bomb threats targeting historically Black colleges and universities across the country over the past few weeks, including at N.C. Central University in Durham and Winston-Salem State University. More than a dozen schools received threats at the start of Black History Month, which the FBI has characterized as “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism and hate crimes,” The New York Times reported. “Add Fayetteville State to the long list of over 60 HBCUs that have received bomb threats this semester. I’m home safe, but still a bit shaken,” FSU professor Chuck Tryon said on Twitter. Add this to the countless other reasons CRT should be taught. Not just in college graduate studies, but in primary schools as well.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS MAP (IN COMMITTEE) THAT WOULD KEEP THEM FROM REGAINING SUPERMAJORITY: North Carolina House Republicans on Wednesday approved a revised redistricting plan that gives Democrats slightly improved prospects heading into the 2022 election. Meanwhile, a trial court overseeing the redraw process appointed three independent redistricting experts. In a busy day at the Capitol highlighted by delayed hearings, closed-door talks between state senators blew up, with the chamber's top Democrat and Republican taking aim at one another. In a 12-7 committee vote, GOP lawmakers advanced a plan that is likely to cost them a few House seats and reduce their chances of regaining veto-proof control of the chamber. The state House was expected to hold a floor vote later Wednesday to inch closer to meeting a Friday deadline imposed by the state Supreme Court, which struck down voting maps Republicans passed in November. Moore and Reives later issued a joint statement saying they struck a deal they are confident "will result in a map that has bipartisan support." I'm actually more worried about Legislative maps than Congressional ones. They could do a hell of a lot of damage in the absence of Cooper's Veto.

US SUPREME COURT JUSTICES MEMORIALIZE WALTER ESTES DELLINGER III: “Walter was a great mentor and friend to me. He gave the best advice when I became Solicitor General, sharing everything he knew about the job,” Justice Elena Kagan, who served as solicitor general during the Obama administration, said in a statement. “He was generous and kind, and he made everyone he dealt with feel ten feet tall. He was a phenomenal lawyer with an endless string of accomplishments, but he always gave the credit to others.” Justice Stephen Breyer called Dellinger “a great lawyer and a valuable public servant.” “His positive contribution to law and to the rule of law in this country will be long remembered,” Breyer said in a statement. Dellinger remained an active commentator on legal, political and other news until just before his death. Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Dellinger helped lead a legal team assembled by Democrats to take on election-related court cases. And in early February, Dellinger spoke out in defense of Biden’s pledge to name a Black woman to the Supreme Court in an essay published by the New York Times. “There are approximately 25,000 Black female attorneys in America. There is every reason to believe that President Biden’s nomination process will benefit by focusing on that extraordinary group for the next justice of the United States Supreme Court,” Dellinger wrote. This is a huge loss.

NUMEROUS FRANTIC TEXTS TO MARK MEADOWS ABOUT INSURRECTION ARE EMERGING: The panicked texts started landing in Mark Meadows’s phone long before thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory. Fox News host Sean Hannity shot off a text on New Year’s Eve — a week before the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the violent siege — warning the White House chief of staff of mass resignations in the White House Counsel’s Office. By Jan. 6, as images of violent rioters storming the building splashed across screens and news feeds, the Fox News host’s single-sentence thoughts turned into desperate directives. "Can he make a statement? Ask people to peacefully leave the [Capitol]." These and thousands of other frantic, ephemeral text messages that might have otherwise been lost to history are now key to piecing together the most vivid and comprehensive picture to date of the events surrounding the chaos at the Capitol. Many were sent to Meadows by Fox News hosts, lawmakers and other Trump allies urging him to get his boss — cocooned in his private dining room just off the Oval Office — to put a halt to the assault. Meadows also had texts with a variety of other figures involved in the effort to overturn the results of the election — including lawyer Cleta Mitchell, and multiple witnesses have been asked about their text message interactions with Meadows. The messages also show Meadows getting briefed on the planning and speakers at the rally on the Ellipse by organizers, according to two people who have reviewed the messages. On the committee, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has in particular drilled witnesses about any text messages with Fox News hosts, according to a person questioned by the committee, who like some others in this article requested anonymity to discuss details of the probe. I'm surprised he didn't just curl up on the carpet and cry...

SEA LEVEL PROJECTED TO RISE A FOOT BY MID-CENTURY: NASA, NOAA, USGS, and other U.S. government agencies project that the rise in ocean height in the next 30 years could equal the total rise seen over the past 100 years. Coastal flooding will increase significantly over the next 30 years because of sea level rise, according to a new report by an interagency sea level rise task force that includes NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other federal agencies. Titled Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States, the Feb. 15 report concludes that sea level along U.S. coastlines will rise between 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 centimeters) on average above today’s levels by 2050. The report – an update to a 2017 report – forecasts sea level to the year 2150 and, fo r the first time, offers near-term projections for the next 30 years. Agencies at the federal, state, and local levels use these reports to inform their plans on anticipating and coping with the effects of sea level rise. The task force developed their near-term sea level rise projections by drawing on an improved understanding of how the processes that contribute to rising seas – such as melting glaciers and ice sheets as well as complex interactions between ocean, land, and ice – will affect ocean height. “That understanding has really advanced since the 2017 report, which gave us more certainty over how much sea level rise we’ll get in the coming decades,” said Ben Hamlington, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California and one of the update’s lead authors. Not good, to say the absolute least.