Ben Casselman

FiveThirtyEight

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Chief economics writer for Five-Thirty-Eight; former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal

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It's often said that justice demands that the punishment fit the crime. Now judges in Pennsylvania may be passing sentence based on crimes that have not yet happened.

Predicting the Future: Using Risk Assessment for Criminal Sentencing

It's often said that justice demands that the punishment fit the crime. Now judges in Pennsylvania may be passing sentence based on crimes that have not yet happened.

from To the Point

The "unsinkable"  Titanic  met its tragic end on an ill-fated voyage 100 years ago this weekend, but it's hardly forgotten.

The 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

The "unsinkable" Titanic met its tragic end on an ill-fated voyage 100 years ago this weekend, but it's hardly forgotten.

from To the Point

One year after the  worst oil spill  in US history, what's the condition of the environment, the economy and the culture from Louisiana to Florida?

The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later

One year after the worst oil spill in US history, what's the condition of the environment, the economy and the culture from Louisiana to Florida?

from Which Way, L.A.?

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Josh Barro and Ken White return to this post-election world. What’s President Trump suing over now?

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This morning, Jackie Lacey conceded to former George Gascón in the race for Los Angeles County’s next district attorney.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

President-elect Joe Biden said on the campaign trail that he hopes to have a close relationship with his vice president.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A lopsided victory for the measure to keep Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart drivers classified as contractors with limited job benefits puts labor groups on defense.

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Before COVID-19, street vendor Heleo Leyva ran Quesadillas Tepexco, an East Hollywood food stand. But as the virus began to spread, he was forced to shut down.

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from Greater LA

Angela Merkel is the second-longest serving chancellor in modern German history.

from Studio Berlin