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Last week, Republican members of the House put forward the outline of a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care bill. The ACA was decried by Republicans as an unmitigated financial disaster and touted...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Anna Maria Barry-Jester | Thursday, February 23, 2017
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 7 NASA announced Wednesday that it has found seven Earth-size planets at a dwarf star 235 trillion miles from Earth. [The New York Times] 10 acres Former President...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Last year, FiveThirtyEight held a bakeoff between eight people who thought they could chip away at the secrecy surrounding the Academy Awards by building predictive models. Now that we’re days away from this year’s Oscars, we brought in two of the...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Thursday, February 23, 2017
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. I’ve been informed that yesterday was the 538th edition of Significant Digits. I regret the error of not pointing that one out. 1 bull A bull escaped a slaughterhouse...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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President Trump earlier this month announced a new effort to impose harsh penalties on people who hurt or kill police officers. But even some former officers say the policy isn’t likely to have much of an effect. During the presidential campaign, Trump...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Kathryn Casteel | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Make America great again. Like most effective slogans, President Trump’s campaign motto can mean different things in different contexts. Viewed in a hopeful light, it could mean, “Bring back factory jobs displaced by automation and outsourcing.”...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Rebecca Boyle | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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On the morning of Nov. 30, 1911, 15 days from becoming the first human to reach the South Pole, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen walked out of his tent and into a scene from “Frozen.” The fog of the previous days had lifted. The sun was shining....
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Maggie Koerth-Baker | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Welcome to Four-Point Play, our weekly NBA column that pieces together four statistical trends from around the league and lays out what they tell us about where a team has been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Chris Herring | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 21, 2017), we revisit how the Kings got fleeced in the DeMarcus Cousins trade with FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner. Next, we call up bracketologist...
From: FiveThirtyEight | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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The Trump administration on Tuesday released an aggressive plan to stop illegal immigration, warning that all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States are subject to deportation at any time. Two memorandums...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Ben Casselman | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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In this week’s politics chat, we look back on the first month of President Trump’s tenure and talk about what we were most surprised by. The transcript below has been lightly edited.   micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): Welcome! Today’s topic:...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Nate Silver | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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“I agree with everything that everyone said.” When he uttered those words a little over an hour into a recent 10-person panel of candidates competing to lead the Democratic National Committee, Jaime Harrison, head of the South Carolina party, spoke...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Clare Malone | Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Just before the Academy Award nominations came out, I did a census of all the “For Your Consideration” advertisements that ran in the print editions of Variety magazine and The Hollywood Reporter. It’s always hard to assign a numerical value to...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Despite a week and a half of rumors, this year’s NBA trade deadline turned out to be mostly uneventful — save for one big-name star switching teams. Neither Paul George nor Jimmy Butler was traded, and even smaller rumored deals, like one that would’ve...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Chris Herring | Thursday, February 23, 2017
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The 2017 NBA trade deadline is a reminder of a universal truth: Assets can depreciate. Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has assembled the NBA’s most expansive collection of assets, including Brooklyn’s unprotected first round picks in the...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Kyle Wagner | Friday, February 24, 2017
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This is the fourth and final episode of “Party Time,” a mini-series from FiveThirtyEight’s Politics podcast examining where the two major political parties are heading in the Trump era. Throughout February, we’ve been talking to lawmakers, strategists...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Galen Druke | Thursday, February 23, 2017
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The Liberian flag is easy to mistake for the U.S. flag. There’s the red, white and blue. There’s the stripes. The only difference is that the Liberian flag features one star in the upper left corner, instead of 50 — a legacy of the coastal West...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Maggie Koerth-Baker | Friday, February 24, 2017
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. Sunday night is the Oscars on ABC, so be sure to check FiveThirtyEight for our coverage of the odds going into the big show. 0.1 percent Percentage of U.S. gross...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Friday, February 24, 2017
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Meryl Streep is one of America’s finest actresses. Even though she bristles at a sweeping superlative — don’t call her the greatest living actress, that’s too much pressure — she’s earned a record-setting number of Oscar acting nominations...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Friday, February 24, 2017
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Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. There are two types: Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-sized and Riddler Classic for those of...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Oliver Roeder | Friday, February 24, 2017
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When most political followers hear “Republican senator” and “maverick,” they probably think of John McCain. He ran as part of a “team of mavericks” with Sarah Palin in 2008, after all. But whether or not McCain deserves the “maverick”...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Harry Enten | Friday, February 24, 2017
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Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. Want to get TrumpBeat in your inbox each week? Sign up for our newsletter. Comments, criticism or suggestions for future...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Ben Casselman | Friday, February 24, 2017
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