Sep 17, 2013

5 facts about Hispanics for Hispanic Heritage Month

Facts and figures to mark National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Sep 13, 2013

Chart of the Week: A stroll down financial-crisis memory lane

A short history of the financial crisis that exploded five years ago, in one chart.

Sep 13, 2013

Nation’s debt has nearly reached its $16.7 trillion ceiling

The federal debt ceiling is nearly $16.7 trillion.

Sep 12, 2013

Americans perceive an uneven recovery — and they’re right

Americans have a pretty good sense of how well different aspects of the economy have — and haven’t — recovered from the Great Recession.

Sep 11, 2013

Colorado recall points to greater intensity among gun-rights supporters

Supporters of gun-rights tend to feel more strongly about their position, and more willing to act on it politically, than backers of gun-control legislation.

Sep 11, 2013

U.S. spends over $16 billion annually on counter-terrorism

Amount the U.S. intelligence community proposed to spend on counter-terrorism in fiscal 2013.

Sep 10, 2013

Can presidential speeches change minds? The evidence suggest not

The presidency may well be a “bully pulpit,” in Theodore Roosevelt’s original sense, a position that commands attention. But as President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation Tuesday in support of taking military action against Syria, there’s little evidence (at least in recent times) that presidential speeches are very effective at moving the needle […]

Sep 10, 2013

The falling price of a smartphone

Decline in the average selling price of smartphones over past two years.

Sep 6, 2013

In foreign affairs, Americans are less receptive to moral arguments

Americans generally are less willing to support foreign policies on moral or humanitarian grounds than when they are cast as directly benefiting the United States or its allies.

Sep 4, 2013

Most members of Congress have little direct military experience

Veterans make up a smaller share of Congress than at any time in the past five decades.