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.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 26, 2016

Long Supreme Court vacancies used to be more common

If Senate Republicans stick with their declared intention to not consider anyone President Obama might nominate to replace Antonin Scalia, his seat on the Supreme Court likely would remain vacant for a year or more. That would be the longest vacancy on the court for nearly five decades, but by no means the longest ever in U.S. history. In fact, for much of the 19th century it was not uncommon for Supreme Court seats to be unoccupied for months – or, in a few cases, years – at a time.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 24, 2016

Scalia’s Supreme Court vacancy draws much public interest, unlike past open seats

Such high levels of interest and engagement weren’t common in past Supreme Court nomination battles.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 17, 2016

Near-record number of primaries this year, but not quite as early

All but five states will hold at least one primary this year, cementing the primary’s dominance over the older caucus system in the presidential nominating process. But compared to 2008, the last time both parties had open nomination contests, the voting started later this year and is a bit more spread out.

U.S. PoliticsFebruary 4, 2016

Contested presidential conventions, and why parties try to avoid them

There hasn’t been a seriously contested nominating convention in decades, and a look at history helps explain why: Candidates who needed multiple ballots to get nominated usually didn’t go on to win the White House.

HispanicJanuary 28, 2016

Millions of young people in U.S. and EU are neither working nor learning

More than six years after the Great Recession ended, almost 10.2 million teens and young adults in the U.S. are neither working nor in school.