Obama’s approval number is near his lowest as he delivers State of the Union address
President Obama’s job approval rating stands at 43% as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address.
Record number of deportations in 2012
Number of immigrants deported by U.S. authorities in fiscal year 2012—a record.
Anti-poll tax amendment is 50 years old today
The value in today’s dollars of the annual poll tax once imposed by several Southern states.
Overall book readership stable, but e-books becoming more popular
The typical U.S. adult read five books in the past 12 months.
On MLK Day, racial equality found wanting
Fewer than half of Americans said their country made a lot of progress toward racial equality in the past half century.
The cost of giving birth varies widely
The median cost of an uncomplicated non-surgical delivery in California.
As Congress debates extending benefits, high long-term unemployment persists
The median number of weeks without work among unemployed Americans (as of December).
Obama lags his predecessors in recess appointments
In his six years in office, Barack Obama has made 32 recess appointments to federal positions.
Fewer Americans see cigarette smoking as a major public health problem
About half of Americans rank cigarette smoking as a serious public health problem.
Americans with just basic cell phones are a dwindling breed
The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005.