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Name That Data! Special Philip Bump Edition — Editor's note: What follows is a guest #NameThatData from The Fix's own Philip Bump. Philip's greatest accomplishment since joining the Post has been building an entire story around this GIF of Rick Scott's face in a recent Florida gubernatorial debate, so naturally he wanted a ride on the coattails of the fabulously successful #NameThatData series for resume-polishing purposes.

Do those ‘we know whether you voted’ warnings actually work? An expert weighs in. — The favorite distinction of the political hack is between the privacy of your vote and privacy that you vote. Modern politics is heavily dependent on knowing how often you make it to the polls, driving polling, ad targeting, and -- in increasingly direct ways -- efforts to get you to the polls.

The evolution of this year’s House races, in one chart — Even when no one else is paying attention to politics, the Cook Political Report chugs along, rating each House race by how likely it is to change hands in the next election. Last January -- no, I mean in January 2013 -- the site had begun shuffling seats from across the country into its rating system.

Graphs can be made to show anything, campaign ads edition — I l i k e g r a p h s . And, obviously, I write about politics for a living, so when an ad backing Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) popped up during the (lamentable, horrible) defeat of the (noble, honorable) Kansas City Royals in the World Series on Wednesday night, I couldn't help but notice the graph that was prominently featured, trumpeting the sudden drop in the state's murder rate.

How competitive is this year’s House election? Not very. Which is normal. — Dave Wasserman of Cook Political Report tweeted this on Thursday afternoon. Chart: Today, we rate 39 House races as competitive. At this pt in 2012, 57. In 2010, 100. #bigsort @CookPolitical - Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) October 30, 2014 Cook regularly updates its list of House races that it expects to be competitive, assigning ratings of "likely," "lean," or "toss-up" for seats by party.

How ‘Dodd-Frank’ is becoming the new ‘Obamacare’ — If you don't know what the Dodd-Frank Act is, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told an audience last weekend, "it's Obamacare for banks." Ryan, outgoing chairman of the House Budget Committee, was echoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who's been using that expression since at least April (and he used it again Wednesday night).

There will soon be one million ads run in the 2014 Senate race. That’s twice as much airtime as every episode of Jeopardy ever. — One million ads. This election cycle, campaigns and supporters of Senate candidates will soon have aired one million ads -- and if Senate races in Louisiana and Georgia go to run-offs, thousands more afterward.

Campaigns are going to start knocking on your Facebook wall instead of your door — Two of the best way to get people to go out and vote are as follows: You can knock on a voter's door to remind them to go to the polls, or you can use peer pressure. As data tools and online social networks become more prevalent, the latter option is becoming much more popular.

Chris Christie yelled at someone, because the Earth continues to spin — Now back to our regular feature: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) yells at someone who disgrees with him. In case you missed our last episode, Christie was yelling at a nurse who didn't have Ebola because she didn't want to live in a tent. Before that it was, what?

Early vote update: North Carolina Democrats are banking a lot of votes — Over the course of the past two weeks, we've attempted to shine some light on the evolution of early voting across the country by comparing turnout percentages to voter registration totals. In some states, like North Carolina, Democrats have banked a large number of votes.
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Oct 31, 2014

@_cingraham @migold well, many behaviorists would argue that emotional responses are not the result of intentional action or motivated consc

Oct 31, 2014

@WhiteHouse no, you start with “B” then “E” and so on. good try though

Oct 31, 2014

I don't need to know when it's coming out or its scope, but someone assure me that someone is writing about what, exactly, Fusion is.

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