The Upshot
  • Here is our roster of stories that managed to evade the full-on blog treatment:

    • Out of all the world's females, American women are among the least likely to flirt. (Badoo)

    • A 24-year-old Florida kindergarten teacher has been accused of running a drug-trafficking and counterfeiting operation. (Orlando Sentinel)

    • For all the antagonism between Hollywood and the American right, conservatives produce some of television's biggest hits. (Hollywood Reporter)

    • A candidate to chair the House Energy Committee believes that God promised in the Bible that the Earth would never suffer any damage from climate change. (Gawker)

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  • rsz_ap090910026575When Rahm Emanuel resigned as White House chief of staff back in September to run for mayor of his hometown, Chicago, the last thing he was probably thinking of was dealing with an irascible tenant. The blustery former congressman had rented his Chicago home to Robert Halpin, a self-described industrial real-estate developer, while he performed his White House duties.

    There was just one problem: Halpin wouldn't agree to move out--not even to allow Emanuel and his family to move into the basement unit to re-establish their local bona fides in the city that Rahm hopes to run.

    "I have no plans to move," Halpin told the Chicago Sun-Times.

    As Halpin explained back in September, he'd just renewed his lease with Emanuel earlier in the month--days before the city's current mayor, Richard M. Daley, announced his decision to resign. Had Emanuel been aware that the post he calls his "dream job" was about to come open, he wouldn't have extended Halpin's lease. Emanuel offered Halpin a generous sum to opt out of the extended lease -- what Halpin would pay Emanuel in rent over six months -- but Halpin didn't budge. He runs his business out of the home, he explains; and besides, he has two children happily enrolled in a nearby school.

    Here's where it gets really interesting: Halpin is considering running for mayor against Emanuel, his landlord.

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  • In well-being survey, D.C. is number one

    Washington DCWashington DCTo judge by the rhetoric from the midterm elections, Washington, D.C., is a veritable hellmouth. So it might come as a surprise to learn that in terms of well-being, the capital region seems to be doing just fine.

    Washington, D.C., ranks first among the 10 major metro areas on an index that measures education, income and life expectancy, according to a new study by the Brooklyn-based Social Science Research Council, the Washington Post reports. The capital is followed, in descending order, by the metro areas of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston.

    A remarkable 47 percent of people in the Washington area, which includes the northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs, have at least a bachelor's degree. The median household income in the area — fueled by growth over the last decade in the lobbying and defense contracting sectors — is a sky-high $85,000, according to the latest census figures.

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  • Tiger plays 18 but unsure of Masters
    Tiger plays 18 but unsure of Masters

    Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National but remains uncertain if he will compete in next week's Masters, according to reports. ESPN and USA Today, citing comments from Woods agent Mark Steinberg, reported that Woods continues to work on his game but is undecided if he will be ready in time for the year's first major and try for a fifth green jacket.

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