Obama has issued fewer executive orders on average than any president since Cleveland
Obama has issued 34 executive orders per year in office, slightly fewer than the 36 per year in office that George W. Bush issued and the lowest average in 120 years.
More Americans say government should ensure health care coverage
As the debate continues over repeal of the Affordable Care Act and what might replace it, a growing share of Americans believe that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage.
Blacks and Hispanics face extra challenges in getting home loans
Black and Hispanic mortgage applicants are denied more frequently than whites and Asians, and when they do obtain mortgages they tend to pay higher rates.
Tillerson would be first secretary of state without military or government experience
At least four secretaries of state previously worked as top executives for large private-sector companies.
Most Americans favor stricter environmental laws and regulations
A majority of U.S. adults say stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost, while roughly a third say such regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy.
Obama has used clemency power more often than any president since LBJ
He is on track to commute more sentences than any president since Wilson, who commuted 1,366. But he has granted fewer pardons to date than any president for whom DOJ has published statistics.
Republicans, Democrats find common ground on many provisions of health care law
Americans remain split in their opinions about the Affordable Care Act and its future. But while President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the overhaul, individual provisions are broadly popular, even across partisan lines.
What kinds of backgrounds do U.S. attorneys general have?
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, closely resembles many previous Justice Department leaders.