Fact Tank Aug. 6, 2015

As Jon Stewart steps down, 5 facts about The Daily Show

Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of The Daily Show after 16 years. During that time, the show has served not only as a source of media criticism, but also as a source of news in its own right. As Stewart’s tenure comes to an end, here are some key facts about how his program has made its imprint on journalism.

Fact Tank Aug. 5, 2015

5 questions about the contraception mandate

The Obama administration has issued its final regulations governing how the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide contraception coverage applies to religiously affiliated nonprofits and businesses. But the announcement has done little to quell the objections of some religious groups. As the debate over the mandate continues, here are five questions and answers about the controversy.

Fact Tank Aug. 5, 2015

When discussing politics, family plays larger role for women than for men

About seven-in-ten U.S. adults talk with others about politics at least a few times a month, but whom they talk with most often varies a great deal between men and women.

Fact Tank Aug. 4, 2015

70 years after Hiroshima, opinions have shifted on use of atomic bomb

This first use of a nuclear weapon by any nation has long divided Americans and Japanese. Americans have consistently approved of this attack and have said it was justified. The Japanese have not. But opinions are changing: Americans are less and less supportive of their use of atomic weapons, and the Japanese are more and more opposed.

Fact Tank Aug. 4, 2015

In the news industry, diversity is lowest at smaller outlets

Minorities are still underrepresented at U.S. news organizations, especially when it comes to the places that would-be journalists traditionally try to break into the business: smaller local TV and newspaper outlets.

Fact Tank Aug. 3, 2015

Partisans differ sharply on power plant emissions limits, climate change

Overall, a majority of Americans support stricter limits on power plant emissions, but as with climate change, the views of Democrats differ markedly from those of Republicans.

Fact Tank Aug. 3, 2015

The real value of a $15 minimum wage depends on where you live

Although most Americans back a higher minimum wage, wide disparities in local living costs make finding an appropriate rate difficult.

Fact Tank Jul. 31, 2015

Democratic edge in Hispanic voter registration grows in Florida

If current trends hold, Hispanic voters will make up an even larger share of the Florida’s registered voters next year than in past years.

Fact Tank Jul. 30, 2015

Number of women leaders around the world has grown, but they’re still a small group

Women account for 49.6% of the global population, but just 9.3% of today’s top national leaders.

Fact Tank Jul. 29, 2015

Major U.S. metropolitan areas differ in their religious profiles

The religious face of America is largely a Christian one, with roughly seven-in-ten Americans belonging to that faith. But some of the nation’s biggest metropolitan areas have a very different look.