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.

January 14, 2016

Dangers that teens and kids face: A look at the data

What the data show on bullying, drug and alcohol use, depression, violence and other common sources of parental concern.

January 11, 2016

Before Obama’s last State of the Union, a look back at his early hopes

On the occasion of President Obama’s last State of the Union address, a look back at his first congressional address – his priorities, those of the public at the time and what’s happened in the years since.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 29, 2015

Congress’ productivity improves somewhat in 2015

Congress passed 113 laws, 87 of them substantive, in 2015, making it the most productive first session since 2009.

December 14, 2015

America’s middle class is shrinking. So who’s leaving it?

in terms of income status, the past four decades have been very good to people working in financial and natural-resources industries or as executives and managers, but not so good for sales workers or people in blue-collar manufacturing jobs.

HispanicDecember 10, 2015

Supreme Court could reshape voting districts, with big impact on Hispanics

How the Supreme Court decides a redistricting case from Texas could affect Hispanic voting strength and House representation from coast to coast.