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Busted Brackets: Audience Calls Foul On NPR's Year-End News Game

A bracketology-style selection of the top political stories of 2017 gets booed.
The final bracket shows the top political stories of 2017, as voted on by NPR listeners and readers. Source: Domenico Montanaro

Take a political year that lurched exhaustingly from major story to major story. Combine that with the newsroom year-end tradition of ranking the biggest stories of the year. What you got last week in NPR's case was a game of political brackets, a take-off on the March Madness college basketball tournament matchups pitting 64 teams against each other in a knockout competition, with people at home playing along by choosing who they think will win.

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