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America Is Testing For COVID-19 More Than Ever — And It Still Isn’t Enough

Expert consensus was clear early in the pandemic: To control the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. needed to increase testing. Four months on, we are testing more — a lot more. The number of Americans getting tested daily is higher than at any point in this pandemic, and we’re testing more people per capita than almost any other country on the planet. Yet...

What If Kevin Garnett And Tracy McGrady Had Shot Threes Instead Of Long Twos?

Forty years and many analytic debates after the first 3-pointer in NBA history, the league finally understands the power of that arc. Twenty-six of the 30 NBA teams have averaged more than 30 3-point attempts per game this season, and only one (the Knicks) has made fewer than 10 long balls a contest. The three hasn’t killed the midrange game, particularly...

2020 Could Be The New Year Of The Woman … For The GOP

More women ran for office in 2018 than ever before, which led to a record number of women in Congress. Overall, the share of House and Senate seats held by women increased by 4 percentage points, from 20 to 24 percent — adding more women to the ranks than in any other election cycle since 1992. However, these gains were primarily driven by Democratic...

Offensive Team Names Are On Notice — For Real, This Time

FiveThirtyEight   More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS We start with the announcement, made on Friday, that Washington is going to explore changing its team name to something...

How Trump Could Improve His Electoral Odds

In this week’s FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the team considers various strategies that President Trump and Republicans could use to improve their electoral prospects this fall — ranging from a new running mate to a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Economists Think Congress Could Create An Economic Disaster This Summer

Graphics by Anna Wiederkehr Congress has less than a month to hammer out a deal on the next round of stimulus before expanded unemployment benefits expire. State and local governments are starting to feel the pinch of budget shortfalls. And while the U.S. got a piece of (relatively) good news in last week’s jobs report, which featured an unemployment...

Politics Podcast: How Republicans Could Boost Their Chances In November

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Lou Whitaker Turned A Damn Good Double Play

Second base is one of the most important positions on the baseball diamond, always (quite literally) in the middle of the action. But it doesn’t necessarily get the same attention as other, flashier roles in the sport. In the three decades since Joe Morgan and Rod Carew were inducted in back-to-back years in 1990 and 1991, only three more second basemen...

Bryson DeChambeau’s Power Boost Is Off The Charts

Bryson DeChambeau entered last weekend’s Rocket Mortgage Classic riding an incredible hot streak: In his previous six tournaments, he had finished fifth, second, fourth, third, eighth and sixth (including ties).8 The only thing he hadn’t yet done this season was win an actual golf tournament, but that came to an end Sunday when he blew past the field...

Do You Buy That … Masks Could Help Trump Politically?

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