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Estimated gun sales prevented by background checks before the Supreme Court made them non-mandatory in July: 250,000

Chance that a kilowatt-hour of electricity used in the United States last year was generated from a renewable resource: 1 in 9

Number of CIA informants laid off since 1995: 1,000

Percentage change in black students admitted to Berkeley Law School since California banned affirmative action: MINUS 81

Number of the 14 black students whom the school admitted this year who decided not to attend: 14

Estimated number of changes made to James Joyce's Ulysses for a just-published "people's edition": 9,000