Fact Tank Jun. 23, 2014

Five years in, recovery still underwhelms compared with previous ones

The current economic recovery, which hit the five-year mark this month, has underperformed other recent expansions that have lasted at least as long.

Fact Tank Jun. 20, 2014

As FIFA attempts to curb racism at the World Cup, a look at hate speech laws worldwide

Hate-speech laws exist in 89 countries around the world (45%). In some countries, the laws protect only certain religious or social groups, while others have broader laws, covering words or actions that insult, denigrate or intimidate a person or group based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity or other traits.

Fact Tank Jun. 20, 2014

Chart of the Week: Another way to see employment

How employment rates have fallen and (partially) recovered throughout the United States,

Fact Tank Jun. 19, 2014

‘March for Marriage’ rally reflects steadfast opposition to gay marriage among evangelical Christians

Opposition to same-sex marriage is now more concentrated among a few religious groups – particularly white evangelical Protestants.

Fact Tank Jun. 19, 2014

7 facts about White House press secretaries

When Joshua Earnest formally succeeds the departing Jay Carney as President Barack Obama’s chief liaison with the media, he will become the 30th presidential press secretary since the post was created 85 years ago. Here’s a look at others who held the job.

Fact Tank Jun. 18, 2014

For World Refugee Day, 5 long-term refugee trends

Despite the ongoing conflicts in these countries, the number of refugees around the world is considerably less than it was two decades ago, numbering between 10 million and 12 million in recent years.

Fact Tank Jun. 18, 2014

The Sunni-Shia divide: Where they live, what they believe and how they view each other

Iraq and Iran are two of only a handful of countries that have more Shias than Sunnis.

Fact Tank Jun. 18, 2014

Where Christian churches, other religions stand on gay marriage

In the last two decades, several religious groups have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions.

Jun. 17, 2014

Why timely, reliable data on mass killings is hard to find

Several government agencies and nonprofit groups gather and publish data on school shootings and other public mass killings. But because of data lags and differing definitions, getting a clear read on overall trends is surprisingly hard.

Fact Tank Jun. 17, 2014

Which party is more to blame for political polarization? It depends on the measure

Our report on political polarization in America has renewed debate among journalists and academics over what is called “asymmetrical polarization” – the idea that one party has moved further ideologically than the other. A number of congressional scholars have concluded that the widening partisan gap in Congress is attributable mostly to a rightward shift among […]