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Central Washington’s sleepy Yakima Valley, perhaps best known as the nation’s top producer of hops and apples, is a safely Republican region. But it may have also quietly produced the most intriguing election outcome of 2014. When respected, 10-term...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: David Wasserman | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe. 0.5 percent per year Credit-rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Russia’s sovereign...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The forthcoming “Ghostbusters” reboot, whose main cast was announced Tuesday night, will almost certainly pass “The Bechdel Test,” a basic way to estimate the involvement of, and priority given to, female characters on-screen (barring some crazy...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur, who retired Tuesday, is a sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, having backstopped the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cups while setting the all-time record for most goaltending victories. He was also arguably...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Stan Wawrinka is two wins from accomplishing what few have before in modern tennis history: capturing a second Grand Slam title after winning the first in his late 20s. Last January, two months before he turned 29, Wawrinka beat three top-seven players...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Carl Bialik | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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President Obama has backpedaled from part of a recent proposal to simplify the U.S. tax code, dimming hopes for broad-based tax reform and offering yet another reminder that constituencies (even small ones) that favor specific tax breaks will put up...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Andrew Flowers | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should. As a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, Hopper worked on the first computer, the Harvard Mark 1. And she headed the team that created the first compiler, which led to the creation of COBOL,...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Allison McCann | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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The controversy surrounding “Ballghazi” or “Deflate-gate” (depending on your politics, I guess) has only intensified. Press conferences were given. Locker room attendants’ bathroom visits were analyzed. The Columbia University physics department...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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In football, there are constant power struggles, both on and off the field: players battling players, offenses battling defenses, the passing game battling the running game, coaches battling coaches, and new ways of thinking battling old ways of thinking....
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Benjamin Morris | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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FiveThirtyEight is looking for a summer intern to help with the site’s podcast and videos. The intern will divide his or her time equally between conceiving and researching topics for the podcast and video interviews; editing and producing; and helping...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Chadwick Matlin | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Roads and trains were shut down across the New York area Monday night and into Tuesday, and for what? It snowed in New York, but only 9.8 inches fell in Central Park after predictions of a foot and a half or more. What went wrong? Forecasters, including...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Harry Enten | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Many people in the Northeast are getting a rare work-from-home day Tuesday because of snow-related road and transit closures. Technology has made it easier for people in many sectors to work from home, and therefore has made it harder for them to enjoy...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Carl Bialik | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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A few weeks ago, I wrote a story on the relationship (or lack thereof) between cellphone use and brain tumors. Afterward, I received a number of emails from men who said, more or less: Forget about the brain tumors. What I really want to know is whether...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Emily Oster | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe. 4 years Thelma, a python, spent four years living the single life in a zoo in Louisville, Kentucky,...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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A decade after Adolf Hitler was defeated, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and research center in Jerusalem, began gathering the names of the approximately 6 million Jews from Europe and North Africa murdered by Nazi Germany. Today, 70 years after the...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Carl Bialik | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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You may have heard people referring to the blizzard that’s bearing down on the East Coast as “Juno.” Personally, I thought Juno was a name better left to the excellent 2007 film, but the Weather Channel decided in 2012 to start naming winter storms....
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Harry Enten | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Last week, we introduced our NBA Power Ratings, an estimate of each team’s strength over the next week of action. The ratings are based on Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi; for a more detailed explanation...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Monday, January 26, 2015
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“Mortdecai,” a movie starring Johnny Depp that looked terrible, appears to be terrible. It bombed at the box office this weekend, making a measly $4.1 million. This shouldn’t come as too much of a shock: We’re in the middle of the worst time...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Every Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit organization made up of some of North America’s most respected economists, releases its latest batch of working papers. The papers aren’t peer-reviewed, so their conclusions are...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Ben Casselman | Monday, January 26, 2015
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Ashley Wagner’s trip to the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships was, in her words, “embarrassing” and “horrifying.” Her 2015 victory “tastes the sweetest.” Wagner didn’t just win her third U.S. title in Greensboro, North Carolina,...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Carla Correa | Monday, January 26, 2015
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It’s snowing less in New York, and it’s snowing more. Let me explain. If you read my colleague Harry Enten’s Sunday piece — or if you’ve been living in New York for the past few years — you’ll know that the city has recently endured some...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Nate Silver | Monday, January 26, 2015
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In late October, The Washington Post published a provocative op-ed about the rapidly changing demographics of U.S. cities. An influx of college graduates, it argued, is displacing lower-income African-Americans. Despite rapid overall growth in places...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Kirk Goldsberry | Monday, January 26, 2015
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, subscribe. 0.44 Gronks That’s how much snow Worcester, Massachusetts, got as measured in units of the 6-foot,...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Dear Mona, How often does the average person move? I’m 28 years old and I’ve moved 15 times in my life. Is this a normal amount? Ron, 28, San Diego Dear Ron, A person in the United States is expected to move 11.4 times in their lives. So Ron, at...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Mona Chalabi | Thursday, January 29, 2015
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