While you’re reading this, I will quasi-not exist. (I’m on a plane to New Zealand, and, as a consequence of the International Date Line, I won’t have a Thursday this week).
In the meantime, here’s a rundown of what I’ve been covering for my new job at FiveThirtyEight:
The big problem with Kansas’s new restrictions is the way they force welfare recipients to make many small transactions, watching their balance be eaten away by fees
Way fewer death penalty exonerations are due to DNA evidence than I expected
This was my favorite piece I got to pitch and write – we tend to study just the biology of autism, not the experiences, needs, and desires of people with autism (particularly bad for autistic adults)
I now have amount-of-water-used-by-LA-per-year as a rule of thumb when I hear stats on water.
There’s a end-of-term surge, but the size varies a lot (Clinton is biggest)
Obama has given way fewer pardons per application than other recent pardons (but he’s also expanded eligibility to apply)