Thursday Numbers

Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation. I ask every American to join me in this cause. – President Joe Biden

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you are a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm and humor.

This week’s topics include Mega Millions, Powerball, unemployment, deaths from coronavirus, clemency, U.S. Senate, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Amanda Gorman, AFC/NFC Championships, and much more!


That’s the estimated lottery jackpot for the next Mega Millions drawing Friday evening. (Mega Millions)

You could do a lot of good things with this jackpot.


A ticket sold in Maryland won the $730 million Powerball drawing Wednesday evening. (Fox News)

Someone will have a lot of new friends. 


In the week ending January 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 900,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 39,000 from 965,000 to
926,000. The 4-week moving average was 848,000, an increase of 23,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised down by 9,750 from 834,250 to 824,500. (DOL)

*Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.


That is how many people have died in the United States from coronavirus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 406,162 deaths and 24,439,427 cases across the country so far. The first death in the USA was reported on February 29. (Johns Hopkins)

Last week there were 384,784 deaths.


President Trump on Tuesday granted clemency to 143 people, using a final act of presidential power to extend mercy to former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon, well-connected celebrities and nonviolent drug offenders — but he did not preemptively pardon himself or his family. (WaPo)

I guess Joe Exotic did not get one, but he had a limo on standby outside the prison if he did. (CBS News)


Democrats claimed control of the Senate by the thinnest possible margin Wednesday as Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators, bringing Republicans and Democrats to an even 50-50 split in the chamber.
Harris, appearing in her role as Senate president just hours after her inauguration as vice president, will serve as the tiebreaker, giving her party a one-vote majority – and thus the power to set the agenda in Senate committees and on the Senate floor. (WaPo)

The Vice President will need to stay close to D.C. for some close votes…


Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States on Wednesday. Harris is 56 years old. (White House)

She is the first woman, the first Black American, and the first South Asian American to be elected Vice President.


Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday. Biden is 78 years old. (White House)


The country has a new president and a new literary star. In one of the inauguration’s most talked about moments, poet Amanda Gorman, age 22, summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew.” (AP)

Watch poet Amanda Gorman read “The Hill We Climb” HERE.


Four teams are playing in the NFL Conference Championship games this weekend. The games will be played on Sunday. Check out the schedule HERE.

In the first contest, Tampa Bay travels to Green Bay (battle of the bays). In the second game, the Buffalo Bills travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.

Go Chiefs!


5 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. The GOP of the Montana legislature has wasted 20 days of the 90 day session talking about high schools sports, putting guns in bars,schools and colleges (beer and guns are a great crowd mixer) and telling women that some old gray haired white guys knows what’s best for their reproductive organs. I haven’t heard anything about the GOP pledge that their Governor ran on ” jobs for our young people and high paying jobs”. The only jobs that they are creating are more work for lawyers as most of these laws will be challenged in court.

    • The attention to “jobs” will come after the lobbyists for extractive industries have spread around enough “donations” to the ruling party to sort out the bidding for who’s going to benefit from gutting environmental protections and selling off public resources cheap. But there will no real efforts beyond the Repubs’ goto solution of more extractive industry.

  2. Another number:

    8 trillion, the number of dollars Trump, Sen. Daines, and the rest of “the party of fiscal responsibilty” added to the national debt in just 4 years. Lest we forget, Trump ran on a promise to eliminate deficits and pay off the debt. Nice work guys.

    • Terry – They will start caring now that they are in the minority. Thanks, JmB

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