Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2013

5 facts about the U.S. Supreme Court’s public prayer case

Today, for the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a constitutional challenge to the practice of legislative prayer. Here are five facts about the case.

Fact Tank Oct. 23, 2013

5 facts about atheists

Here’s what we know about self-described atheists and their beliefs.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2013

5 facts about Social Security

As Washington wrangles over the budget deadlock, a look at how Social Security works.

Fact Tank Oct. 11, 2013

5 facts about the hajj

The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2013

5 facts about the national debt: What you should know

Basic facts on the national debt: How big it is, who we owe it to, how much we pay in interest and more

Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2013

5 facts about Hispanics for Hispanic Heritage Month

Facts and figures to mark National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

5 facts about the Pledge of Allegiance

Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court – the state’s highest court – will hear arguments today in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, a case in which an anonymous atheist couple is challenging the use of the phrase “under God” in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Humanist […]

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs

Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2013

5 facts about ethnic and gender diversity in U.S. newsrooms

Last week, San Francisco Bay area television station KTVU broadcast fake names for the pilots of the Asiana Airline flight that crashed on July 6. The error involved ethnic stereotyping, leading the Asian American Journalists Association to assert that these kinds of mistakes “underscored the importance of newsroom diversity” at America’s media outlets. A similar […]

Fact Tank Jun. 28, 2013

5 facts about the U.S. Supreme Court

Phew, what a week for the U.S. Supreme Court. With major rulings on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage released this week, we rounded up  five facts about the court and its year of contentious cases and historic votes: Favorable opinions of the Supreme Court have fallen in recent years. In March, before the […]