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Politics Podcast: Trump’s Turbulent Week - 2018-12-10T22:07:14+00:00
The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew tries to make sense of the recent turbulence in Trump world, including possible campaign finance violations and another staffing shake-up. The team also checks back in on potential election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio […]

A Weird NFL Weekend Leaves Us Even More Confused - 2018-12-10T19:04:11+00:00
gfoster: (Geoff Foster, sports editor): NFL Week 14 was very odd in many respects (and the week isn’t over) with the Raiders, Niners and Giants winning and the Rams, Texans, Steelers and Patriots all losing. It all went a long way to making the playoff picture even murkier. What was your biggest takeaway from the […]

We Have Ways To Stop Rogue Scientists. They Don’t Always Work. - 2018-12-10T18:03:42+00:00
How do you stop a mad scientist? We’ve been doing it in fiction for centuries. Doctor Faustus was carried off to hell. Pneumonia and an Arctic ice flow ended Victor Frankenstein. Doctor Moreau’s own creations ultimately did him in, which is a more poetic way of saying that he ended up on the wrong end […]

Significant Digits For Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 - 2018-12-10T11:58:25+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 330 feet long and 200 feet across Despite the internet and Wikipedia and satellites and ubiquitous smartphones and video cameras, we don’t know everything. And the list of things we didn’t know included, until recently, the existence of a very large […]

Why It Might Be Impossible To Overturn A Presidential Pardon - 2018-12-10T10:58:58+00:00
If the American president has a superpower, it might be the ability to grant pardons. With the stroke of a pen, the president can wipe away the consequences of a federal criminal conviction, without having to ask permission from Congress or prepare for a battle in the courts. In the past, presidents have used this […]

The U.S. Draws An Easy Group At The 2019 World Cup. France? Not So Much. - 2018-12-08T21:10:49+00:00
It was fitting that Didier Deschamps drew the first lottery ball for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which placed France in Group A. He’s lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy for France on two occasions, as team captain in 1998 and as team manager of France’s men’s team in 2018. But what first felt poetic […]

Should The U.S. Be Worried About The Next Generation Of Women’s Soccer? - 2018-12-07T20:04:18+00:00
Wherever it lands in the upcoming World Cup draw — which will be held in Paris on Saturday at noon ET — the United States Women’s National Team will go into next year’s tournament in its familiar perch as favorites. The U.S. has been the most dominant team in the history of the event (which […]

The Little, Mathematically Determined House On The Prairie - 2018-12-07T13:00:46+00:00
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-size and Riddler Classic for those of you in the slow-puzzle movement. Submit a correct answer for either, and […]

Trump Is Only Popular In Rural Areas - 2018-12-07T12:00:35+00:00
Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll(s) of the week The 2018 midterm election confirmed America’s urban-rural divide; Democrats excelled in cities, Republicans dominated in the country and the suburbs were the tiebreaker that handed Democrats the House. Will the 2020 election play out the same way? This week, we got two polls of […]

Significant Digits For Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 - 2018-12-07T11:00:12+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 155 wins, 6 losses, 839 draws AlphaZero, Google DeepMind’s game-playing artificial intelligence program, crushed one of the strongest chess engines, called Stockfish, in a 1,000-game match, according to a new paper by members of the company in Science. The results appear […]

Crossing The Aisle Didn’t Save Republicans This Year - 2018-12-07T10:59:24+00:00
Over the years, members of Congress who broke ranks with their party have tended to find more electoral success — in other words, it can pay to be a maverick. But in 2018, this wasn’t necssarily the case. Many Republicans who were less loyal to their party lost their re-election bids in this year’s midterms. […]

How Denver Got Way Better On Defense Without Changing Its Roster - 2018-12-06T19:53:55+00:00
The signings and trades of the NBA’s entertaining offseason help us figure out how we feel about a team’s chances of contending for a title the following season. But focusing on splashy roster moves — DeMarcus Cousins to Golden State, Kyrie Irving asking to leave a team that made three NBA Finals in a row […]

Psychology’s Replication Crisis Has Made The Field Better - 2018-12-06T16:19:49+00:00
In 2012, psychologists Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan published a paper in the journal Science reporting a series of experiments that suggested engaging in analytical thinking could reduce someone’s religious belief. It sounded vaguely plausible, but five years later, another group of researchers attempted to replicate the finding. They used a sample size about two […]

The Cardinals And Diamondbacks Are Now On Very Different Paths - 2018-12-06T16:10:27+00:00
Before Wednesday’s trade headlined by Paul Goldschmidt, the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals were relatively even on paper. But today, the two clubs inhabit completely different neighborhoods. Arizona and St. Louis ended last year separated by 25 points in Elo rating, and the teams entered Wednesday just two games apart in FanGraphs’ projected standings […]

Trump Has Made U.S. Policy Much More Resistant To Immigration — Without The Wall - 2018-12-06T12:01:21+00:00
President Trump and congressional Democrats are fighting over how much the U.S. government should spend on Trump’s proposed border wall, risking another government shutdown because of a dispute over immigration policy. However those negotiations turn out, though, here’s the thing: The massive wall, which Trump has said would stretch 1,000 miles across the U.S.-Mexico border, […]

Significant Digits For Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 - 2018-12-06T11:00:50+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1.6 percent Global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.6 percent in 2017, according to scientists with the Global Carbon Project, and are projected to grow 2.7 this year. This follows a largely flat period for emissions from 2014 to 2016. “We are […]

How Much Was Incumbency Worth In 2018? - 2018-12-06T10:58:27+00:00
For decades, running as an incumbent was undoubtedly a huge advantage in electoral politics. As recently as 20 years ago, holding office added an average of 8 percentage points to a candidate’s margin. But in this century, experts say, the incumbency advantage has significantly diminished. Now the verdict is in for the 2018 election: According […]

Did The Packers Squander Aaron Rodgers? - 2018-12-05T21:05:12+00:00
The dismissal of Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy — who was let go after the Packers’ stunning home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday — wasn’t exactly a shock. Perennially tabbed as a Super Bowl contender out of the NFC, McCarthy’s team had gone just 11-16-1 over the past two seasons, including a disappointing […]

The Nationals Don’t Need Bryce Harper - 2018-12-05T17:45:25+00:00
The best thing to happen to the Washington Nationals this offseason might be Bryce Harper turning down the $300 million contract offered by the club at the end of the season. Rather than allocating vast resources to one free agent superstar, the Nationals made smaller moves to shore up their weak spots, signing starting pitcher […]

Significant Digits For Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 - 2018-12-05T14:11:06+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1,000s of green-card holders The Pentagon will send thousands of waiting green-card holders to recruit training — including 2,870 in the Navy and 1,062 in the Marines. There’s been a backlog thanks to a Trump administration policy adopted last year that […]

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Politics Podcast: Trump’s Turbulent Week - 2018-12-10T22:07:14+00:00
The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast crew tries to make sense of the recent turbulence in Trump world, including possible campaign finance violations and another staffing shake-up. The team also checks back in on potential election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio […]

A Weird NFL Weekend Leaves Us Even More Confused - 2018-12-10T19:04:11+00:00
gfoster: (Geoff Foster, sports editor): NFL Week 14 was very odd in many respects (and the week isn’t over) with the Raiders, Niners and Giants winning and the Rams, Texans, Steelers and Patriots all losing. It all went a long way to making the playoff picture even murkier. What was your biggest takeaway from the […]

We Have Ways To Stop Rogue Scientists. They Don’t Always Work. - 2018-12-10T18:03:42+00:00
How do you stop a mad scientist? We’ve been doing it in fiction for centuries. Doctor Faustus was carried off to hell. Pneumonia and an Arctic ice flow ended Victor Frankenstein. Doctor Moreau’s own creations ultimately did him in, which is a more poetic way of saying that he ended up on the wrong end […]

Significant Digits For Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 - 2018-12-10T11:58:25+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 330 feet long and 200 feet across Despite the internet and Wikipedia and satellites and ubiquitous smartphones and video cameras, we don’t know everything. And the list of things we didn’t know included, until recently, the existence of a very large […]

Why It Might Be Impossible To Overturn A Presidential Pardon - 2018-12-10T10:58:58+00:00
If the American president has a superpower, it might be the ability to grant pardons. With the stroke of a pen, the president can wipe away the consequences of a federal criminal conviction, without having to ask permission from Congress or prepare for a battle in the courts. In the past, presidents have used this […]

The U.S. Draws An Easy Group At The 2019 World Cup. France? Not So Much. - 2018-12-08T21:10:49+00:00
It was fitting that Didier Deschamps drew the first lottery ball for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which placed France in Group A. He’s lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy for France on two occasions, as team captain in 1998 and as team manager of France’s men’s team in 2018. But what first felt poetic […]

Should The U.S. Be Worried About The Next Generation Of Women’s Soccer? - 2018-12-07T20:04:18+00:00
Wherever it lands in the upcoming World Cup draw — which will be held in Paris on Saturday at noon ET — the United States Women’s National Team will go into next year’s tournament in its familiar perch as favorites. The U.S. has been the most dominant team in the history of the event (which […]

The Little, Mathematically Determined House On The Prairie - 2018-12-07T13:00:46+00:00
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-size and Riddler Classic for those of you in the slow-puzzle movement. Submit a correct answer for either, and […]

Trump Is Only Popular In Rural Areas - 2018-12-07T12:00:35+00:00
Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll(s) of the week The 2018 midterm election confirmed America’s urban-rural divide; Democrats excelled in cities, Republicans dominated in the country and the suburbs were the tiebreaker that handed Democrats the House. Will the 2020 election play out the same way? This week, we got two polls of […]

Significant Digits For Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 - 2018-12-07T11:00:12+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 155 wins, 6 losses, 839 draws AlphaZero, Google DeepMind’s game-playing artificial intelligence program, crushed one of the strongest chess engines, called Stockfish, in a 1,000-game match, according to a new paper by members of the company in Science. The results appear […]

Crossing The Aisle Didn’t Save Republicans This Year - 2018-12-07T10:59:24+00:00
Over the years, members of Congress who broke ranks with their party have tended to find more electoral success — in other words, it can pay to be a maverick. But in 2018, this wasn’t necssarily the case. Many Republicans who were less loyal to their party lost their re-election bids in this year’s midterms. […]

How Denver Got Way Better On Defense Without Changing Its Roster - 2018-12-06T19:53:55+00:00
The signings and trades of the NBA’s entertaining offseason help us figure out how we feel about a team’s chances of contending for a title the following season. But focusing on splashy roster moves — DeMarcus Cousins to Golden State, Kyrie Irving asking to leave a team that made three NBA Finals in a row […]

Psychology’s Replication Crisis Has Made The Field Better - 2018-12-06T16:19:49+00:00
In 2012, psychologists Will Gervais and Ara Norenzayan published a paper in the journal Science reporting a series of experiments that suggested engaging in analytical thinking could reduce someone’s religious belief. It sounded vaguely plausible, but five years later, another group of researchers attempted to replicate the finding. They used a sample size about two […]

The Cardinals And Diamondbacks Are Now On Very Different Paths - 2018-12-06T16:10:27+00:00
Before Wednesday’s trade headlined by Paul Goldschmidt, the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals were relatively even on paper. But today, the two clubs inhabit completely different neighborhoods. Arizona and St. Louis ended last year separated by 25 points in Elo rating, and the teams entered Wednesday just two games apart in FanGraphs’ projected standings […]

Trump Has Made U.S. Policy Much More Resistant To Immigration — Without The Wall - 2018-12-06T12:01:21+00:00
President Trump and congressional Democrats are fighting over how much the U.S. government should spend on Trump’s proposed border wall, risking another government shutdown because of a dispute over immigration policy. However those negotiations turn out, though, here’s the thing: The massive wall, which Trump has said would stretch 1,000 miles across the U.S.-Mexico border, […]

Significant Digits For Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 - 2018-12-06T11:00:50+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1.6 percent Global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.6 percent in 2017, according to scientists with the Global Carbon Project, and are projected to grow 2.7 this year. This follows a largely flat period for emissions from 2014 to 2016. “We are […]

How Much Was Incumbency Worth In 2018? - 2018-12-06T10:58:27+00:00
For decades, running as an incumbent was undoubtedly a huge advantage in electoral politics. As recently as 20 years ago, holding office added an average of 8 percentage points to a candidate’s margin. But in this century, experts say, the incumbency advantage has significantly diminished. Now the verdict is in for the 2018 election: According […]

Did The Packers Squander Aaron Rodgers? - 2018-12-05T21:05:12+00:00
The dismissal of Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy — who was let go after the Packers’ stunning home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday — wasn’t exactly a shock. Perennially tabbed as a Super Bowl contender out of the NFC, McCarthy’s team had gone just 11-16-1 over the past two seasons, including a disappointing […]

The Nationals Don’t Need Bryce Harper - 2018-12-05T17:45:25+00:00
The best thing to happen to the Washington Nationals this offseason might be Bryce Harper turning down the $300 million contract offered by the club at the end of the season. Rather than allocating vast resources to one free agent superstar, the Nationals made smaller moves to shore up their weak spots, signing starting pitcher […]

Significant Digits For Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 - 2018-12-05T14:11:06+00:00
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1,000s of green-card holders The Pentagon will send thousands of waiting green-card holders to recruit training — including 2,870 in the Navy and 1,062 in the Marines. There’s been a backlog thanks to a Trump administration policy adopted last year that […]


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