California’s epic drought got even worse last week. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that the area of California under moderate drought (or worse) rose from 94.6 percent of the state to a stunning 99.8 percent.
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If the defendants are found guilty of defamation, it would mean the judge believes the statement that climatologist Michael Mann "molested and tortured data" was false and made with "actual malice," meaning they knew or recklessly disregarded the fact that it was false.