Sep. 30, 2015

Europe’s asylum seekers: Who they are, where they’re going, and their chances of staying

For the hundreds of thousands of migrants entering the European Union, their chances of gaining asylum vary greatly depending on where they’re from and in which country they apply.

Sep. 24, 2015

How the U.S. compares with other countries taking in refugees

Although Europe is struggling to manage the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere, the countries facing the biggest refugee impacts are the ones closest to the fighting.

Sep. 22, 2015

The many ways to measure economic inequality

Just what is “economic inequality”? Depends on whom you ask.

Sep. 14, 2015

Does water’s boiling point change with altitude? Americans aren’t sure

Only 34% of Americans correctly answered a question about the difference (if any) between boiling water in Los Angeles and Denver. So what’s the right answer, and why?

Sep. 1, 2015

Businesses owned by women, minorities lag in revenue share

The number of businesses owned by women and minorities has grown considerably in recent years, particularly in certain industries, but based on revenue they remain on average considerably smaller than white- or male-owned firms.

Aug. 31, 2015

Current Congress is looking a little more productive – so far

Legislative productivity may be on an upswing, as lawmakers enacted more bills before their August break than either of the two preceding Congresses.

Aug. 24, 2015

Proposal could make nearly 5 million workers newly eligible for overtime

Proposed new overtime rules would make nearly 5 million white-collar workers eligible for time-and-a-half – mostly retail and food service managers, office administrators, low-level financial workers and other modestly paid managers and office professionals.

Aug. 18, 2015

5 facts about Social Security

Social Security has developed into one of the most popular federal programs, though that popularity is tempered by concern over its long-term financial outlook.

Aug. 3, 2015

The real value of a $15 minimum wage depends on where you live

Although most Americans back a higher minimum wage, wide disparities in local living costs make finding an appropriate rate difficult.

Jul. 23, 2015

5 facts about the minimum wage

While the idea of raising the minimum wage is broadly popular, efforts to do so at the national level have stalled. We gathered key facts looking at the issue.