Jan 3, 2014

Chart of the Week: The best-performing U.S. cities

Technology and energy drove the strongest urban economies last year.

Dec 23, 2013

Congress ends least-productive year in recent history

Congress enacted 57 laws — just 49 of them substantive — in the first session of its two-year term, the smallest first-year legislative output in nearly two decades.

Dec 23, 2013

For most wireless-only households, look south and west

The states with the most wireless-only households tend to be largely rural and in the West or South; households in the Northeast are most likely to hang onto their landlines.

Dec 20, 2013

Chart of the Week: Coffee and tea around the world

Worldwide tea is far more popular than coffee, but preferences for one beverage over the other fall into distinct geographic patterns.

Dec 19, 2013

Global inequality: How the U.S. compares

The U.S. has one of the most unequal income distributions among developed nations — even after taxes and transfer payments are taken into account.

Dec 18, 2013

The many ways to measure economic inequality

From President Obama down to local minimum-wage ordinances, issues of economic inequality have been pushing their way back into the national conversation — particularly among Democrats. In a Bloomberg survey earlier this month,¬†71% of Democrats¬†said the government should work to narrow the gap between rich and poor, while 68% of Republicans said the government should […]

Dec 13, 2013

Chart of the Week: Most new gun laws since Newtown ease restrictions

In the year since the Newtown school shootings, most new state gun laws have loosened rather than tightened restrictions.

Dec 11, 2013

Who’s the boss? In U.S. business, it’s mostly men

Fewer than 5% of Fortune 1000 companies have women CEOs, and only 10% of women nationally say they’re a boss or top manager. Women are consistently less likely than men to say they want to be a boss someday.

Dec 10, 2013

Regulators approve Volcker Rule, but public is split on financial regulation

About half of Americans think the government hasn’t gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.

Dec 9, 2013

Americans split on value of surveillance programs

Four-in-ten Americans believe the government’s phone and internet surveillance programs have made the U.S. safer against terrorism.