Pundits Versus Data, the 5-Minute Smackdown

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Ever wondered just how partisan or bipartisan Congress is now compared to then? Well, here’s a series of visual representations of just that, thanks to Andrew Odewahn, who calculated Senatorial affinities over time and plugged the data into GraphViz.

This is another typically fun and speedy Ignite presentation: 1 speaker, 5 minutes, 20 slides auto-advancing every 15 seconds, whether the speaker keeps up or not. Thanks to my friend Sara Winge at O’Reilly Media, the home of Ignite, for the heads up on the video.

 

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