Chart of the Week: A stroll down financial-crisis memory lane
A short history of the financial crisis that exploded five years ago, in one chart.
Nation’s debt has nearly reached its $16.7 trillion ceiling
The federal debt ceiling is nearly $16.7 trillion.
Americans perceive an uneven recovery — and they’re right
Americans have a pretty good sense of how well different aspects of the economy have — and haven’t — recovered from the Great Recession.
Few Americans have confidence in Putin or trust Russia
As the U.S. explores a Russian plan for securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, it does so at a time when the American public is skeptical about Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin.
Colorado recall points to greater intensity among gun-rights supporters
Supporters of gun-rights tend to feel more strongly about their position, and more willing to act on it politically, than backers of gun-control legislation.
U.S. spends over $16 billion annually on counter-terrorism
Amount the U.S. intelligence community proposed to spend on counter-terrorism in fiscal 2013.
As French, U.S. leaders push for Syria action, their people are united in opposition
The American and French publics, who a decade ago bitterly disagreed over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, now see eye-to-eye on the looming military strike against Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people. In principle they both think there are times when it is necessary to use military force […]
Most Americans see terrorism as part of life in the future
Three-quarters of Americans said in the wake of the Boston bombings that occasional acts of terrorism will be part of U.S. life in the future.
In foreign affairs, Americans are less receptive to moral arguments
Americans generally are less willing to support foreign policies on moral or humanitarian grounds than when they are cast as directly benefiting the United States or its allies.
Most members of Congress have little direct military experience
Veterans make up a smaller share of Congress than at any time in the past five decades.