Media & NewsAugust 9, 2016

Newspaper companies lag behind their broadcast siblings after spinoffs

An analysis of the spinoffs shows that the broadcasting components of the original companies (which also retained many digital properties) have mostly outperformed their publishing counterparts in terms of operating profit margins.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 8, 2016

Split-ticket districts, once common, are now rare

In 2012, only 26 House districts out of 435 chose one party’s presidential nominee and the other party’s candidate for the House.

HispanicAugust 5, 2016

Surge in Cuban immigration to U.S. continues into 2016

During the first 10 months of fiscal year 2016, 46,635 Cubans entered the U.S. via ports of entry – already surpassing the total for full fiscal year 2015.

HispanicAugust 4, 2016

Venezuelan asylum applications to U.S. soar in 2016

As political and economic unrest roils Venezuela, U.S. asylum applications filed by Venezuelans so far in fiscal 2016 have jumped 168% compared with the same time period a year earlier.

ScienceAugust 4, 2016

Why Americans are wary of using technology to ‘enhance’ humans

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields may lead to any number of ways people might be able to “upgrade” themselves. But a majority of Americans greet the possibility of these breakthroughs with more wariness and worry than enthusiasm and hope.

GlobalAugust 3, 2016

Nearly 1 in 100 worldwide are now displaced from their homes

More than 60 million people are displaced from their homes as of the end of 2015, the highest number of displaced people since World War II.

GlobalAugust 2, 2016

U.S. voter turnout trails most developed countries

Among the 35 countries in the OECD, the U.S. ranks 31st in terms of turnout among the voting-age population, but seventh in terms of turnout among registered voters.

ReligionJuly 29, 2016

Which countries still outlaw apostasy and blasphemy?

Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain on the books and often are enforced.

ReligionJuly 29, 2016

The religious divide on views of technologies that would ‘enhance’ human beings

Americans are wary of the prospect of implanting a computer chip in their brains to improve their mental abilities or adding synthetic blood to their veins to make them stronger and faster. And this is particularly true of those who are highly religious.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 28, 2016

A closer look at the gender gap in presidential voting

In the 1972 and 1976 elections, there was no difference in candidate support between men and women. But over the last nine presidential elections, women have consistently voted for Democratic presidential candidates at higher rates than men.