Politics Archive:

A wonderful interactive timeline of legislation, rulings, and events related to domestic surveillance in the United States. You can drill down into each event for an explanation, and links to primary sources (like the full text of legislation, etc).

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A spiffy annotated interactive visualization by the NYT on what different industries actually pay in taxes. The differences in rates between industries illustrate who is getting tax breaks. The related article is worth a read.

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Immigration has always been a tough issue to deal with.

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The chart reminds me of this John Stewart bit on immigration and “Traditional America”:

Two different analyses of supreme court decisions. I didn’t dig into the methodology, but the papers are available if you’re interested.

The so-called Quinn-Martin scores show the court trending significantly to the right in recent years, with even its left flank being relatively middle-of-the-road, relative to history.

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Bailey shows the court has become significantly more conservative since, for example, the 1960s, he still pegs the four more liberal justices as clearly to the left of the court, historically speaking. In addition, Bailey’s model actually suggests the court, while more conservative than in most of the last several decades, isn’t all that much more so than it was in the 1970s or when Sandra Day O’Connor was the swing vote in the 1990s and early 2000s.

 

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The efforts that go into tracking civilian deaths in modern conflicts are admirable. The fact that we dismiss them so blatantly is crazy. Regarding the design, the annotations are a tad slow for my taste

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I almost missed the histogram with links to details of each attack – select “victims” in the upper left.

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I suppose you could argue about what metric to use to measure the effectiveness of the drug war – but I’ve never seen one that justifies the costs (probably true for most “wars”).  Anyways, the author of the below chart does a great job detailing his sources and methodology on his website.

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An excellent annotated analysis by the NYT looking at federal, state, and corporate tax brackets.

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Hopefully these will be the last ones of the cycle – though these were nicely done by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Max Rust:

By margin of victory (technically, the same data as the “purple america” map that used blue/red hues).

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by electoral votes:

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By the talented Robert J Vanderbei

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And here’s 2012 as calculated today:

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How effective was all the new campaign spending? I’m sure the analysis will be debated until the next election.

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Preliminary estimates of total:

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Also, if you’re all worked up about the election (as I was yesterday), it calmed my nerves and restored my faith in democracy a bit to read this article from Cracked (which is having oddly insightful articles lately)

Fantastic flow chart from the NYT showing what happens depending on which way swing states go.

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Nice work by NPR – though I generally prefer non-contiguous cartograms.

The United States, with state size based on ad spending by outside groups in presidential race.

Thanks to Fez for sending in the link!


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