Significant Digits For Wednesday, May 1, 2019


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Behind Enemy Lines: Cardinals try to salvage road win against Falcons
Saturday December 15, 2018

The Arizona Cardinals’ best chance at winning another football game this season likely comes Sunday on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have dropped five games in a row and have lost to sub-.500 teams like the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers during that time. They sit at 4-9 after last week’s […]

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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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Politics Podcast: Mueller’s Letter Puts Barr In The Hot Seat
Wednesday May 01, 2019

By Galen Druke, Nate Silver and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Galen Druke, Nate Silver and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Galen Druke, Nate Silver and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux   More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code <iframe frameborder="0" width="100%" height="180" style="margin:20px auto 25px;max-width:600px;" scrolling="no" src="https://fivethirtyeight.com/player/politics/26649148/"></iframe> In late March, Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote Attorney General […]

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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]

Significant Digits For Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
Tuesday December 11, 2018

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. $18,000 fine In South Korea, where video gaming is something of a national sport, the National Assembly passed an amendment outlawing “boosting” — a gaming practice whereby skilled players are hired to play matches for someone else, thereby boosting that person’s […]

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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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