Significant Digits For Wednesday, May 1, 2019


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Cardinals specialty license plate most popular among Valley sports teams
Wednesday May 01, 2019

Specialty license plates are a good way to show support for a local team and there’s one Arizona team that’s dominating the market — the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Department of Transportation released numbers for the amount of specialty license plates owned through the fiscal year of 2018 for the four major professional sports teams […]

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$2 trillion infrastructure plan
Democratic leaders announced yesterday that they had reached an agreement with President Trump to pursue a $2 trillion infrastructure plan “to upgrade the nation’s highways, railroads, bridges and broadband.” It was the first “substantive sit-down” between the parties since the lengthy government shutdown last winter. “Infrastructure week?” I haven’t heard that name in … [The New York Times]
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Barr’s Hearing Was A Sneak Peek At The Next Few Months In Washington
Wednesday May 01, 2019

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And it took place only hours after the revelation that Mueller had sent Barr a letter that expressed his displeasure with the attorney general’s initial four-page […]

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$5 trillion climate plan
Well, well, well, speaking of trillion-with-a-T-dollar plans, Beto O’Rourke’s got one. His has to do with the climate — he calls it “the most ambitious climate plan in the history of the United States” — and it proposes $5 trillion in new investment, cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, and zero net emissions by 2050. [Vox]

Coyotes’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson to captain Sweden at IIHF Worlds
Wednesday May 01, 2019

Team Sweden of the IIHF World Championship will be captained this year by Arizona Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson, the team announced Wednesday. Ekman-Larsson just finished his first season as the captain of the NHL’s Coyotes, taking the “C” worn previously by Shane Doan. The IIHF’s tournament site doesn’t officially list Sweden’s full roster yet, but […]

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30 years
The Japanese Emperor Akihito has stepped aside after 30 years on the Chrysanthemum Throne, abdicating his position to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Thus ends the period known as Heisei — “achieving peace” — and thus begins Reiwa — “auspicious calm.” [NPR]

6-to-1
According to census data, there are six public relations jobs for every one reporter job. As my journalist colleague Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux tweeted: “This explains so much about my inbox.” [Bloomberg]

11-point bounce
Joe Biden, former vice president and senator from Delaware, has surged in polls following the official announcements of his 2020 presidential candidacy last week. For instance, according to a new CNN survey conducted after Thursday’s announcement, he is the top choice of 39 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning independent voters. That’s up from 28 percent in March. [CNN]

75 points
Biden has also risen to the top of FiveThirtyEight’s endorsement tracker, where he sits with 75 points — former presidents and vice presidents are worth 10 points, governors 8, senators 6, representatives 3 and so on. We track such things because “party elites use endorsements to influence not only voters but also each other, hoping to get other powerful party members to rally behind the candidate they think would be most acceptable.” [FiveThirtyEight]

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