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This is In Real Terms, a regular column analyzing the latest economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns? Email me, or drop a note in the comments. The U.S. gained 178,000 jobs in November. But the only ones anyone seemed to be talking...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Ben Casselman | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Oliver Roeder | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization that has built a digital library and maintains an archive of web pages on the internet, revealed on Thursday that it had received a National Security Letter from the FBI demanding information about the services...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Dhrumil Mehta | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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Adam Conover says the “Adam” he plays on TV is a little more willing to “awkwardly interrupt people and tell them something they don’t want to know” than the real-life version. But both Conover the person and Conover the host (of “Adam Ruins...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Jody Avirgan | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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We’ve been getting a lot of angry notes from Michigan fans. And even though I’m from East Lansing, I think they have a point. Sort of. Here’s the rub: Michigan fans claim their Wolverines have a shot at the college football playoff, even though...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Nate Silver | Saturday, December 3, 2016
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It’s the last weekend of college football before the playoff committee announces its final rankings. In the video above, Neil Paine breaks down how FiveThirtyEight’s College Football Playoff model sees conference-championship weekend going, including...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Friday, December 2, 2016
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On Nov. 28, a legal collective representing Native Americans opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline filed a lawsuit against two North Dakota counties and their sheriffs, and the city of Mandan, North Dakota, and its police chief. Eight...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Maggie Koerth-Baker | Friday, December 2, 2016
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The Dallas Cowboys’ dream season continued Thursday night with their win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys have now won 11 consecutive regular-season games, equaling the franchise record that was set in the late 1960s. The team’s success this...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Chase Stuart | Friday, December 2, 2016
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With news that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski probably is out for the rest of the season, it’s tempting to say the 9-2 Patriots will remain dominant over their remaining regular-season games and into the playoffs. After all, they did just fine...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Benjamin Morris | Friday, December 2, 2016
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You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. This week, The New York Times sent me and a lot of other millennials into a mild existential crisis with a report showing that only about...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Maggie Koerth-Baker | Friday, December 2, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump took aim at the Affordable Care Act on the campaign trail, a platform that appears to be consistent with his pick for health and human services secretary, Tom Price, a Republican U.S. House member from Georgia. But what do...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: A FiveThirtyEight Chat | Friday, December 2, 2016
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One of the best point guards in the NBA right now stands 6 feet 11 inches tall. Let that sit for moment. OK, so Giannis Antetokounmpo also plays positions other than the point for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Matthew Dellavedova has been eating some of Antetokounmpo’s...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Friday, December 2, 2016
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Heading into college football’s conference championship week, we knew three schools (Alabama, Clemson and Washington) could basically punch tickets to the College Football Playoff with victories in their respective conference title games. The only...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Monday, December 5, 2016
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The SEC Championship game on Saturday saw Alabama beat Florida to win the conference, as well as a spot in the College Football Playoff. Lower down the list of accolades was one we’d been following over the past month or so: The Crimson Tide became...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Neil Paine | Monday, December 5, 2016
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You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 19 percent less bandwidth Netflix has started letting users download shows and movies to view offline — which somehow uses less bandwidth than regular streaming....
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Walt Hickey | Monday, December 5, 2016
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Every 10 years, after the census is complete, legislators in statehouses across the country embark on a time-honored tradition: remapping the boundaries of their states’ voting districts, usually to the benefit of the people doing the remapping. Gerrymandering,...
From: FiveThirtyEight | By: Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux | Monday, December 5, 2016
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