Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws
Midway through its second and final year, the 113th Congress remains one of the least legislatively productive in recent history.
Q/A: What the New York Times’ polling decision means
While online survey panels have long been used by market researchers, they’re relatively new in the opinion-research field, and views on them are sharply divided.
Chart of the Week: The Great Baby Recession
States that were hit the hardest by the Great Recession experienced the biggest birthrate declines.
Voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections, but why?
Voter turnout, no matter how measured, is consistently lower in midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Political scientists aren’t sure why, but have some ideas.
Despite recent shootings, Chicago nowhere near U.S. ‘murder capital’
The biggest cities, such as Chicago, tend to have the most murders, but when population is factored in smaller cities tend to have the highest murder rates.
Chart of the Week: Where engineering and English majors end up working
A new Census Bureau data visualization depicts the relationships between undergraduate majors and types of occupations.
The politics of American generations: How age affects attitudes and voting behavior
Among U.S. adults, different age cohorts have markedly different political profiles, but the relationship is considerably more complex than young people leaning liberal and older people being more conservative.
CDC: Two of every five U.S. households have only wireless phones
Two of every five U.S. households have no landline phones, but the growth rate of cord-cutting slowed last year.
What is a ‘closely held corporation,’ anyway, and how many are there?
The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision in the Hobby Lobby case says “closely held” corporations can have religious rights that need to be respected. What was it talking about?
Chart of the Week: How the Supreme Court justices line up
Supreme Court justices vote together more often than they don’t, but some of that agreement may be surface-only.