• An act of God’s judgment against Republicans? You be the judge.

Each day Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• This essay that poses the question: Was Hurricane Sandy God’s judgment on Republicans? Jerome Ludwig

• The NYT story about 15 inmates who escaped from a Newark halfway house during Hurricane Sandy (all but one have been recaptured)? Tal Rosenberg

• That City Hall is correcting the “inadvertence” of recording Tribune reporters without their consent? Tony Adler

This photo-essay about Venice after its worst flooding in 20 years? Ben Sachs

• The story behind the genius that produced “Call Me Maybe” and the evil empire that is his band: Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger? Asher Klein

• About how carrots are keeping a Catalan theater alive? Kate Schmidt