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Writer for The Washington Post's politics blog, The Fix.

People-Including Cops-See Black Kids as Less Innocent and Less Young Than White Kids — Asked to identify the age of a young boy that committed a felony, participants in a study routinely overestimated the age of black children far more than they did white kids. Worse: Cops did it, too.

Black Friday is America’s premier gun-buying day — There is probably a place, somewhere in the country, where people are already camped out in front of a Cabela's, waiting for Friday at 6 a.m. so that they can go in and get a discount on a new firearm.

How to be hyperpartisan this Thanksgiving: Eat what the presidents ate — A tweet from the National Archives caught our attention this morning, showing a marked-up version of the 1977 White House Thanksgiving menu. "Jimmy," it notes, referring to President Carter, "doesn't especially like green peas."

How to explain who all these politicians are to the people who’ve never heard of them — Mitt Romney would beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 says a new Quinnipiac poll, if you set aside such considerations as "margin of error," and "it is 2014," and "one of those people has shown almost no signs of actually planning on running."

How Facebook plans to become one of the most powerful tools in politics — Political campaigns are obsessed with two things: Telling every possible voter exactly what they want to hear in order to get them to the polls and cast the "right" vote, and telling them that message for as close to zero dollars as possible.

Every actor from your favorite holiday movies is dead — Hey, happy holidays! Did you know that as you sit down to watch your favorite holiday movies this year, cuddled next to your family, you will be gazing upon the faces of people long dead from this Earth? Yes, the people in your favorite holiday movies are almost all dead.

Our rude and subjective assessment of the best place for the 2016 Democratic convention — The Democratic National Committee has narrowed its choice of possible 2016 convention cities to three: New York, Columbus, and Philadelphia. As someone who has lived in two of those cities and has frequently traveled through the third, I feel as though I am well-positioned to offer analysis of these choices.

More than a third of Americans think undocumented immigrants can’t stay — Here's a detail worth pulling out from the new Quinnipiac poll on immigration: Thirty-five percent of respondents indicated that immigrants who entered the country illegally "should be required to leave" the country -- a high in Quinnipiac polling since early 2013.

The rarity of a federal grand jury not indicting, visualized — A data point from FiveThirtyEight's coverage of Monday night's events in Ferguson is worth pulling out. "U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010," the site's Ben Casselman writes, "the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them."

Why it’s so hard to know what to expect from the Ferguson grand jury — It's hard to reiterate this point, which you've no doubt heard numerous times, often enough: There is no good data kept on officer-involved shootings. And, therefore, it's hard to know how often officers that kill people face criminal charges for doing so, in the line of duty or not.
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Nov 26, 2014

"Riots are a thing that human beings do because human beings have limits."

Nov 26, 2014

I would grudgingly give a speech for $300,000 but without all the other haggling. Feel free to email.

Nov 26, 2014

To debate at your family Thanksigiving dinner: Jeopardy > Price is Right > Feud > Wheel

Nov 26, 2014

@jenchung stainless steel appliances is v good. also would accept “backsplash"

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