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College Choice, Performance Pay And Life Expectancy

fivethirtyeight.com — Every Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research , a nonprofit organization made up of some of North America's most respected economists, releases its latest batch of working papers. The papers aren't peer-reviewed, so their conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong), but they offer an early peek into some of the research that will shape economic thinking in the years ahead.

Cheap Gas Is Boosting The Recovery

fivethirtyeight.com — Low gas prices are pumping up Americans' wallets, giving them more money to spend on other goods and services and helping them save more of their paychecks. Americans spent less on gasoline in January than in any month since 2009, according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Monday.

Navigating First Year

columbiaspectator.com — I showed up for my first day at Columbia wearing a Star Trek pin, one of those communicator badges that are meant to go "biddy-boop" when you tap it and ask to be beamed up, only mine didn't because it was just metal. My parents had tried to warn me that this wasn't a good idea.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Spock

fivethirtyeight.com — Shortly before FiveThirtyEight launched last year, the staff played one of those "get-to-know-you" games where everyone shares a little-known fact about themselves. My contribution: I wore a "Star Trek" pin, every day, from sixth grade through my freshman year of college. Pretty sure I won the game.

What Wal-Mart’s Pay Increase Means For The Economy

fivethirtyeight.com — Wal-Mart's plan to raise its employees' pay is the latest evidence that the improving U.S. economy may at last be trickling down to low-wage workers. The retail giant announced Thursday that it would pay all its workers at least $9 an hour starting in April and that it would raise the wages of about a third of the company's 1.4 million U.S.

Scott Walker Is One Of The Few Governors Still Cutting Higher-Ed Spending

fivethirtyeight.com — As most states are beginning to restore higher-education funding that was cut during the recession, Wisconsin appears poised to head in the other direction. In his latest budget, Gov. Scott Walker proposes reducing spending on the University of Wisconsin system by $300 million over two years, a 13 percent cut.

A Cheat Sheet For Comey’s Speech On Race And Policing

fivethirtyeight.com — FBI Director James Comey's Thursday speech on race and law enforcement is getting a lot of attention for what The New York Times called its "unusually candid" assessment of a wide range of issues: racial disparities in arrests and incarceration, the FBI's history of racial oppression, low employment rates among African-American men and the lack of good data on police shootings.

Veterans, Racial Disparities, Mortgage Fraud And Children’s Health Insurance

fivethirtyeight.com — Every Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit organization made up of some of North America's most respected economists, releases its latest batch of working papers. The papers aren't peer-reviewed, so their conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong).

Revisions Made This A Blockbuster Jobs Report

fivethirtyeight.com — The job market started 2015 on a strong note, and 2014 was even better than initially believed. The U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Taken on its own, that would represent a solid number that continues a run of strong monthly job gains.

What We Know About The New York Train Crash Site

fivethirtyeight.com — Tuesday night's deadly Metro-North train accident happened at one of the state's busiest rail crossings. The crash, which killed six people and injured more than a dozen, occurred when a packed rush-hour commuter train struck an SUV stopped on the tracks at the Commerce Street crossing in the Westchester County town of Valhalla.
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Mar 03, 2015

Read @theglipper's feed for love analysis of AL Supreme Court ruling blocking same-sex marriage.

Mar 03, 2015

DOJ finds #Ferguson police discriminated against blacks. But in that like so much else, Ferguson isn't an outlier. 53eig.ht/1AQDPxH

Mar 03, 2015

Also, no way we'd get to have this debate with @LHSummers (at least this openly) if he were at the Fed.

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