Jul 18, 2013

As population ages, more Americans becoming caregivers

Four in 10 U.S. adults are caring for a loved one with significant health issues.

Jul 17, 2013

Partisan polarization, in Congress and among public, is greater than ever

While the Senate appears to have reached a deal on executive-branch appointments that heads off a showdown over filibuster rules, the fact that the confrontation went as far as it did points up the increasingly polarized state of Congress. From immigration reform to food stamps to student loans, it almost seems as if congressional Republicans and Democrats inhabit […]

Jul 17, 2013

Near-even public split on military sexual-assault plan conceals partisan divisions

45% of Americans say Congress should change the law to address sexual-assault problems in the military.

Jul 15, 2013

Filibusters: Hot topic in D.C., obscure or mysterious elsewhere

From the fervid coverage in the national press, replete with terms like “nuclear option,” “meltdown” and “showdown,” you might think the country is riveted to the clash between Senate Democrats and Republicans over filibuster rules. But with the two sides set to gather tonight in the ceremonial Old Senate Chamber in a last-ditch effort at […]

Jul 12, 2013

Chart of the Week: The wide world of bribery

Every year, Transparency International asks people around the world about their experiences with public corruption — more than 114,000 in 107 countries for their latest “Global Corruption Barometer.” The map below depicts the percentage of people in each of the surveyed countries who reported paying a bribe sometime in the past 12 months to any […]

Jul 10, 2013

Partner? Rival? For many in U.S., China is both

More than half of Americans say it’s very important to be “tough” with China on economic and trade issues — about as many who say “building a strong relationship” with China is very important.

Jul 9, 2013

New capital rules require U.S. banks to fatten their wallets

Banks are going to have to hold more capital as a cushion against losses, under new rules adopted today by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Federal Reserve Board, which developed the rules jointly with the other banking regulators, approved them last week. The new capital rules, intended […]

Jul 5, 2013

Averages, medians and unemployment: Parsing the numbers

Every month when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its jobs report, people home in on one particular metric: the unemployment rate. But there are a lot of other interesting and potentially significant data in the report, though interpreting them appropriately can be tricky. Take, for example, the duration of unemployment. There’s little doubt that more […]

Jul 3, 2013

Egypt’s apparent coup would be first of 2013, as takeovers become less common worldwide

Wednesday’s apparent coup in Egypt, which seems to have ousted President Mohamed Morsi, would be the first of 2013. It is also a reminder that coups are less common methods of regime change than they used to be. According to the Vienna, Va.-based Center for Systemic Peace, which maintains extensive databases on various forms of armed […]

Jun 29, 2013

As it turns 6, a look at who uses the iPhone (no, not ’everybody’)

As Apple’s iPhone celebrates its sixth(!) birthday today, the pioneering smartphone has carved out a solid market position, and a demographically distinctive user base, within the ever-expanding world of smartphones (which, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, more than half of Americans now own). The iPhone is, along with Google’s Android, […]