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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chart of the week: Still deep in the jobs hole
At current rates of job growth, employment won’t reach its pre-recession level for more than five years.
Feds may be rethinking the drug war, but states have been leading the way
Faced with overcrowded prisons and soaring correctional costs, states are rethinking how to define and punish drug crimes.
Chart of the Week: The increasing number of executions around the world
Although capital punishment is practiced in only a relative handful of countries (140 countries have abolished it in law or in practice, according to Amnesty International), there were nearly 100 more executions around the world last year than in 2012, a 14% increase. The chart above, created by The Economist based on Amnesty’s data, graphically […]