News You Can Use

News You Can Use


RSS Pew Research Fact Tank


RSS The Atlantic

RSS Political Wire

  • 59% of Republicans Think College Is a Negative August 19, 2019
    A new Pew Research Center survey finds that only 50% of American adults think colleges and universities are having a positive effect on the way things are going in the country these days, while 38% say they are having a negative impact – up from 26% in 2012. “The increase in negative views has come […]
  • Bonus Quote of the Day August 19, 2019
    “He’s an odious little grifter and it’s time for him to go.” — Fox News host Steve Hilton, quoted by The Hill, on National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.
  • Powerful House Democrat Backs Impeachment Inquiry August 19, 2019
    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the No. 4 House Democrat, endorsed opening an impeachment inquiry against President Trump on Monday, Politico reports. Luján, a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is the highest-ranking House Democrat to support an impeachment investigation.
  • Inslee Not Invited to Climate Change Town Hall August 19, 2019
    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who has centered his 2020 campaign around climate change policy, was not one of the nine Democratic presidential candidates who qualified for an invite to CNN’s climate change town hall in September,  Axios reports. CNN said it would extend invitations to candidates who reach 2% in at least four DNC-approved […]
  • Attorney General Ousts Head of Bureau of Prisons August 19, 2019
    “Attorney General William Barr announced Monday that he is replacing the head of the Bureau of Prisons, in the latest fallout from the death in federal custody of multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein,” the Washington Post reports.
  • Elections Chief Says Trump Is Wrong About Voter Fraud August 19, 2019
    FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub told CNN that “there is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in 2016 or really in any previous election,” despite President Trump’s claims. Weintraub stressed such statements from the president can cause “people to lose faith” and “to question the results.”
  • Christie Creates Think Tank Centered on Civility August 19, 2019
    Former Gov. Chris Christie (R), “who built a political brand around unfiltered frank talk aimed at political opponents and constituents alike, is starting a think tank centered on something unexpected: Civility in politics,” WNYC reports. Said Chrisite: “Unfortunately our politics have gotten so ugly and divisive in the country that people are not having civilized […]
  • Trump Calls for a Big Fed Rate Cut August 19, 2019
    “President Trump on Monday called for the Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark interest rate by 1 percentage point, a move that would typically be considered only when the U.S. economy is on the brink of a recession, and again criticized his own central bank chairman for a ‘horrendous lack of vision,'” the Wall Street […]
  • 23 Texas Towns Hit By ‘Ransomware’ Attack August 19, 2019
    “Twenty-three Texas towns have been struck by a ‘coordinated’ ransomware attack,” CNBC reports. “Ransomware is a type of malicious software, often delivered via email, that locks up an organization’s systems until a ransom is paid or files are recovered by other means. In many cases, ransomware significantly damages computer hardware and linked machinery and leads […]
  • Gillibrand Would Be Open to Veep Pick August 19, 2019
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said that she would be open to serving as the running mate to the eventual Democratic presidential nominee should her faltering White House bid flame out short of a primary victory, Politico reports.

RSS NPR Podcast Feed

  • Monday, August 19th, 2019 August 19, 2019
    A suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul killed 63. The Islamic State in Afghanistan claimed responsibility. This comes amid peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban. What does this mean for the security of Afghan citizens? In California, the shooting of Stephon Clark last year led to widespread demonstrations. Now, a new […]
  • Friday, August 16th, 2019 August 16, 2019
    After banning two Muslim members of Congress from visiting, Israel is now allowing one of them limited access to visit a relative. Why did Israel deny Representatives Omar and Tlaib entry in the first place? Also, how is President Trump convincing his base to back him for a second term? Plus, business owners worry about […]
  • Thursday, August 15th, 2019 August 15, 2019
    The Dow dropped 800 points yesterday, marking the worst day for stocks this year. Are there signs of an oncoming recession? And six officers were shot during a stand-off in Philadelphia yesterday. What do we know about the suspected gunman now in police custody? Plus, how divisions among demonstrators in Hong Kong could undermine the […]
  • Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 August 14, 2019
    Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong have been demonstrating for 10 straight weeks. How could China clamp down, and what kinds of consequences could it face for doing so? Also, the U.S. is postponing some tariffs on Chinese goods until after the holiday shopping season. What kind of economic pain is the Trump administration trying to […]
  • Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 August 13, 2019
    The Trump administration wants to deny green cards to immigrants who use welfare programs. How will officials determine which immigrants are too poor to live in America? Also, Attorney General William Barr takes aim at the federal jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead by apparent suicide. The jail has a long history of […]

RSS Five Thirty Eight

  • DeMarcus Cousins’s Latest Injury Puts Him In Uncharted Territory August 19, 2019
    If you’ve logged off the NBA circuit for the summer — understandable given how crazy last month was, and how insane this upcoming season figures to be — you might have missed that DeMarcus Cousins of the Los Angeles Lakers suffered yet another serious injury, tearing his ACL in an offseason workout last week. Rewinding […]
  • Recalling Governors Is All The Rage This Year August 19, 2019
    Recall elections were once a rarely used, “break glass in case of emergency” tool to remove politicians from office. But now, several factors have conspired to make this the most active decade for recall elections in U.S. history — and there may be more to come in the next several months. Out of 19 states […]
  • Significant Digits For Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 August 19, 2019
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 1.7 million people For more than 10 weeks, pro-democracy protestors, spurred by an extradition bill, have been out in force across Hong Kong. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands gathered in an overflowing Victoria Park for more peaceful protests. The protest’s […]
  • Can You Tell Sports Commentary From Political Punditry? We Couldn’t. August 19, 2019
    The game was supposed to be simple: I read a quote, you tell me if the quote was from either a sports broadcast or a political discussion about the first two 2020 Democratic debates. Almost every staff member I pitched it to here at FiveThirtyEight was confident they would ace it. “I’m gonna get all […]
  • Are Tight Ends As Valuable As They Used To Be? August 16, 2019
    Five years ago, I surveyed the many changes brought to the tight end position during the era of Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates, whose parallel ascents to the top of the historical rankings mirrored the game’s turn toward more receiver-like talents in the role. During the 15 NFL seasons from 1999 to 2013, either Gonzalez […]
  • Sorry, Running Backs. Even Your Receiving Value Can Be Easily Replaced. August 16, 2019
    Running backs in the NFL don’t have the value they once did. The five highest-paid running backs this season will make 93 percent of what the five highest-paid RBs were paid in 2011, based on their collective salary cap charges each year according to Spotrac. The five highest-paid quarterbacks of 2019, meanwhile, are making 185 […]
  • Which Billiard Ball Is Rigged? August 16, 2019
    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 […]
  • Many Americans Think Economic Inequality Is A Problem — Just Not The Most Pressing One August 16, 2019
    “Grotesque” is how Sen. Bernie Sanders has described the level of wealth inequality in the U.S., and he’s not the only Democrat running a presidential campaign that relies heavily on this idea. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called the economy “rigged.” And Sen. Cory Booker has said, “We can no longer accept racial and economic disparity […]
  • Significant Digits For Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 August 16, 2019
    You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 23 candidates And then there were … well, there’s actually still 23. Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper ended his campaign for president yesterday, trimming the Democratic field to fewer than two dozen. “I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me […]
  • Americans Are More Worried About White Nationalism After El Paso August 16, 2019
    Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll of the week After the deadly mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, this month, more Americans now describe white nationalism as a serious threat to the United States, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Compared to the last time the poll asked this question, […]

RSS Real Clear Politics