How much might a government shutdown cost? Plenty, history says
The estimated cost of the two federal government shutdowns in fiscal 1996 was more than $1.4 billion ($2.1 billion in today’s dollars).
Chart of the Week: The bipartisan federal debt limit
Raising the federal debt limit has given both Republicans and Democrats, in Congress and the White House, fits for decades.
Child labor is declining but still common in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia
The International Labor Organization estimates there are 168 million child laborers worldwide, a third fewer than in 2000.
Powered by oil and gas, U.S. energy production is on the rise
U.S. domestic energy production is rising — up 13.9% from 2005 to 2012, and on track to rise even more this year.
At 42 months and counting, current job “recovery” is slowest since Truman was president
42 months after U.S. payrolls bottomed out, the economy still hasn’t recovered all 8.7 million jobs wiped out in the Great Recession — the longest and slowest recovery in the postwar era.
The challenges of counting the nation’s unauthorized immigrants
A talk with Pew Research Center senior demographer Jeffrey S. Passel on the challenges of counting the nation’s unauthorized immigrants.
Chart of the Week: How Detroit went bust
Charts from the Detroit Free Press depict decades of mismanagement, missed opportunities and poor fiscal choices.
Most uninsured Americans live in states that won’t run their own Obamacare exchanges
Almost six-in-ten uninsured Americans live in states that haven’t set up their own health-insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
How’s the economy doing? Depends on whether you’re a Democrat or Republican
Americans perceptions of the economy differ significantly by partisanship, regardless of what the actual economic data show.
After recession, more children living with Grandma or Grandpa
In 2011, about 3 million U.S. children were living with and being primarily cared for by a grandparent.