Obama lags his predecessors in recess appointments
In his six years in office, Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions.
Fewer Americans see cigarette smoking as a major public health problem
About half of Americans rank cigarette smoking as a serious public health problem.
Americans with just basic cell phones are a dwindling breed
The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005.
Number of older Americans in the workforce is on the rise
The share of Americans ages 65 to 74 who are in the nation’s workforce is expected to break the 30% mark by 2022.
Chart of the Week: Where the loss of unemployment benefits will hit
A map from the Washington Post shows the states where the expiration of unemployment benefits on Saturday will have the most impact.
Obama, Bush and the ‘second-term curse’
Barack Obama and George Bush have at least one thing in common when it comes to the second terms they won — the first year of their encores have been downers when it came to their public images.
Public gives mixed marks to Bernanke
Roughly four-in-ten Americans expressed a favorable view of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in September.
Snowden leaks seen as harming the public interest
More than half of Americans believe that Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA surveillance programs have harmed the public interest.
Compensation rises for college presidents
The median pay for 550 chief executives of private nonprofit colleges ticked up by 3% in 2011.
A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns
After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters — that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.