Politics

From FiveThirtyEight: Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s new weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world. We’re still experimenting with the format, so tell us what you think. Email us or drop a note in the comments.   Donald Trump’s campaign for president was notably light on policy details, which…

From NPR: It was the last time the 79-year-old Scalia would announce an opinion. Three weeks later, on a hunting trip in Texas, the conservative icon died in his sleep. Since then, the year has been one long roller-coaster ride for the Supreme Court, with the eight remaining justices putting off the most controversial cases…

From FiveThirtyEight: 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. More Economics The past year has taught some harsh lessons. Trust polls more than you trust the conventional wisdom, for example — but don’t trust…

From FiveThirtyEight: You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. The streak is over. For the first time in its 148 years of existence, Elliott County, Kentucky, failed to vote for the Democratic candidate in a presidential election. Based on current vote counts, Trump will finish…

From NPR: Who’s going to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state? His chief of staff? His education secretary? Now that the news of Trump’s election has settled, speculation over how the president-elect will fill out his administration has consumed Washington. Keeping in mind the truism that nobody who knows is talking, and those who…

From NPR: “The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote, and the Department of Justice works tirelessly to uphold that right not only on Election Day, but every day,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a statement. This number of observers and monitors is about two-thirds the number of people the department had…

From FiveThirtyEight: Illustrations by Marco Cibola Brian Cummins has been mayor of Fairview, Montana, for so long that when you ask him about the oil boom he replies, “Which one?” The first one he remembers occurred in the early 1980s, just before he became mayor of this tiny town. The second is still going, though…

From FiveThirtyEight: Want these election updates emailed to you right when they’re published? Sign up here. Hillary Clinton, like President Obama four years ago, has spent a lot of time with a chance of winning the election that is somewhere between 60 and 80 percent in our forecast. Right now, she’s squarely in the middle…

From NPR: As you heard last week, we’ve been creating a fake presidential candidate based on the best ideas economics has to offer, a dream candidate too perfect to exist in reality. We came up with a platform, with the help of a panel of economists. We hashed out the disagreement among the panel. We…

From FiveThirtyEight: It’s clear that Evan McMullin’s surge from unknown to contender to win Utah — and become the first nonmajor party candidate to win a state since 1968 — is real. Virtually every Utah poll that comes out now has him in a close race with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and our forecast…