Apr 30, 2014

Botched execution in Oklahoma renews death-penalty debate

Oklahoma’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett has renewed debate about how, and whether, the U.S. should impose the death penalty.

Apr 30, 2014

Long-term unemployment is still high; new research suggests geography could be one reason

New research finds that living near where there are jobs significantly reduces the amount of time it takes unemployed jobseekers to find work, and that the effect is especially significant for blacks, women and older workers.

Apr 28, 2014

Americans agree inequality has grown, but don’t agree on why

Two-thirds of Americans say the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased, but when asked why they cite dozens of different reasons.

Apr 25, 2014

The facts and figures behind proposed trans-Pacific trade deal

One of the biggest and most difficult items on President Obama’s Asia agenda has been trade — in particular, unsnarling negotiations for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement. The TPP would remove trade barriers among 12 nations on both sides of the Pacific that together account for about 40% of the global economy. But as might be expected, the […]

Apr 25, 2014

Chart of the Week: U.S. middle class no longer the world’s richest

A New York Times chart illustrates disparities in income growth between the U.S. and other advanced economies.

Apr 22, 2014

Supreme Court says states can ban affirmative action; 8 already have

Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on affirmative action affects more than college admissions, and more than just Michigan. Seven other states have similarly broad bans in their constitutions or statute books, and opponents of affirmative action have called on other states, and the federal government, to follow suit.

Apr 17, 2014

Reality check: How close are we to teleportation and Mars colonies?

We asked Americans how likely they thought five things were to happen by 2064. Here’s what they said, and what science says.

Apr 14, 2014

U.S. workforce more concentrated in large — and largely low-paid — occupations

U.S. employment has become more concentrated in the largest occupational categories, and well-paying jobs account for a smaller share of those large categories than they did a decade or so ago.

Apr 11, 2014

Chart of the Week: Making sense of the Medicare data dump

Different medical specialties varied widely not only in how much they received from the Medicare program, but in how much of those funds went to overhead.

Apr 8, 2014

Rising cost of child care may help explain recent increase in stay-at-home moms

The rising cost of child care may be among the factors behind a recent rise in the number of stay-at-home mothers.