Obamacare v. Philippines typhoon: How cable covered two big stories
In a week dominated by two mega-stories—the continuing travails of Obamacare and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines—America’s hypercompetitive cable news outlets exercised very different news judgments.
The mood of America during the Kennedy years had few parallels with today’s modern era.
American-Israeli friction on Iran is evident in public opinion
Three-quarters of Israelis have a very unfavorable view of Iran, while only 42% of Americans share such strong negative sentiments.
Experts rank the top 10 global trends
A new report from the World Economic Forum ranks the 10 most important global trends, based on a poll of 1,592 leaders from academia, business, government, and non-profits. Here are some data points that compare and contrast the public’s views around the world with the trends identified by the experts. 1. Rising societal tensions in the Middle […]
Beirut bombings follow fears of Syrian war fallout
A pair of suicide bombings today struck near the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon, the latest violence in a country where concerns have run high about Iran’s influence and the spillover of violence from the civil war in Syria.
New Google ad highlights complicated India-Pakistan relationship
The feel-good ad may be surprising to Western viewers, who are likely familiar with the two nations’ antagonistic relationship.
In Cheney sisters’ feud, Republicans side with Liz
Former Vice President Dick Cheney waded into a public dispute between his daughters on Monday, highlighting the debate in the Republican party over same-sex marriage. The dispute began when daughter Liz Cheney, who is running for a Wyoming Senate seat, said she would not change her position on same-sex marriage despite her sister Mary’s marriage […]
Gettysburg Address: Americans still find the Civil War relevant to today’s politics
Today is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, his speech about a war that more than half of Americans say is still relevant to modern day U.S. politics.
Dow soars, but only about half of Americans will benefit
About half of all Americans own stocks, either directly or indirectly.
Chart of the Week: Inflation and unemployment through the decades
A look at 80+ years of economic history shows a complicated relationship between inflation and unemployment.