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.
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.
Chart of the Week: Another way to see employment
How employment rates have fallen and (partially) recovered throughout the United States,
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]