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Significant Digits For Thursday, May 19, 2016

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11 potential Supreme Court picks

Donald Trump released a list of 11 judges that he would consider to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. All 11 are white, and eight are men, but Trump’s potential nominees are unconventional for the Supreme Court in other ways — none went to Harvard Law School, for instance. [FiveThirtyEight]


16 percent

Falling oil prices have caused a massive downturn in North Dakota, which had been riding an energy boom. The downturn has affected virtually every corner of life and economic activity in the state. An exotic dancer, for example, told Reuters that her tips are down 60 percent since last year. Live births at St. Alexius Medical Center are projected to dip. Industrial real estate prices are cratering. And the syphilis transmission rate fell 16 percent in 2015 from its peak the year before. [Reuters]


57.9 percent

Percentage of voters in Clinton County, Kentucky, that supported Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. This is not an important county in the overall battle for the Democratic nomination; it doesn’t tell us anything about national voting trends. But the victory is a moral one for Clinton: Bernie Sanders had won all eight of the other counties named Clinton to vote so far, in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania. [The Hill]


70 percent

That’s the average percentage of IMDb user ratings on television programs with 1,000 or more votes that are from men, san imbalance that has led to a significant skew in how shows favored by women and shows favored by men are rated overall by users. Namely, male reviewers on IMDb hate on television aimed at women. [FiveThirtyEight]


4.2 million workers

The Obama administration announced new rules on Wednesday that doubled the salary threshold, from $23,660 to $47,476, under which workers are guaranteed overtime pay. An additional 4.2 million workers will benefit from the change, according to an estimate from the Department of Labor. [The Washington Post]


117 million LinkedIn logins

A hacker is attempting to sell the email addresses and passwords of 117 million LinkedIn members. [TechCrunch]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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