U.S. PoliticsMay 10, 2016

What kind of person runs for vice president?

Of the 72 people who’ve been nominated for vice president on a major-party (or significant third-party) ticket since 1868, most have served in one or both houses of Congress or been a state governor.

U.S. PoliticsMay 5, 2016

Who are the Democratic superdelegates?

The 700+ unpledged party leaders and elected officials are mostly white, mostly men and mostly Hillary Clinton supporters.

U.S. PoliticsApril 14, 2016

Candidates who don’t win on first convention ballot usually go on to lose

In 11 of the 18 conventions since the Civil War that went more than one ballot, the first-ballot leader ended up losing the nomination to someone else.

U.S. PoliticsApril 13, 2016

High-income Americans pay most income taxes, but enough to be ‘fair’?

By design, wealthier Americans pay most of the nation’s total individual income taxes.

U.S. PoliticsApril 11, 2016

Among developed nations, Americans’ tax bills are below average

Data from the OECD indicate that the U.S. has some of the lowest income taxes and social-insurance taxes among developed nations.

U.S. PoliticsApril 7, 2016

Cost-of-living disparities within states complicate minimum-wage debate

The cost of living can vary widely not just from state to state but within individual states, which can make setting an appropriate minimum wage more difficult.

U.S. PoliticsApril 6, 2016

The biggest U.S. tax breaks

The hundreds of exemptions, deductions and other breaks embedded in the tax code will cost the federal government more than $1.3 trillion this fiscal year.

Internet & TechMarch 18, 2016

5 facts about Twitter at age 10

Five facts about Twitter, as the microblogging platform marks its 10th anniversary.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 11, 2016

This year’s GOP presidential battle isn’t the first – or even the deepest – party divide

Both major U.S. political parties have a long history of splits, splinters and other schisms.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 8, 2016

So far, turnout in this year’s primaries rivals 2008 record

So far this year, Republican primaries are experiencing record turnouts, much as voting in Democratic primaries surged in 2008. But the longer-term trend in primary turnout has been down.