Public social expenditures falling in most countries but still above pre-crisis levels
New economic figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed an increase in public spending among developed countries during the global financial crisis, but a survey of European nations indicated publics were now looking to ratchet it down.
Around the world, governments promote home ownership
High on Congress’ long to-do list is deciding what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two giant government-run companies that dominate the nation’s mortgage market (together they accounted for 78% of all mortgage-backed securities issued in the first quarter of this year). Which is another way of saying, Congress has to decide […]
Can a president control gas prices? Depends on when you ask
Can a president control gas prices? The answer depends on whether you ask a Republican or a Democrat — and which party occupies the White House.
Obama returns focus to America’s struggling middle class
As President Obama prepares to make a “major” speech on the economy today, our past reports describe the challenges the middle class has faced in the past decades.
The politics and demographics of food stamp recipients
The House on July 11 passed a farm bill stripped of funding for food stamps. A Pew Research survey last year found about one-in-five (22%) of Democrats say they had received food stamps compared with 10% of Republicans.
New capital rules require U.S. banks to fatten their wallets
Banks are going to have to hold more capital as a cushion against losses, under new rules adopted today by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Federal Reserve Board, which developed the rules jointly with the other banking regulators, approved them last week. The new capital rules, intended […]
Most Americans agree on immigration-reform approach, but differ on timing
Three-quarters of Americans believe any legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status also should provide for increased border security.
Border Security Timing a Dividing Line in Immigration Debate
While the public broadly supports a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, it is divided over one of the most contentious issues in Congress – whether border security must be achieved before the process of legalization can go forward.
Obama Job Approval Holds Steady
Barack Obama’s job approval rating has changed little in the past month, despite a series of recent controversies. In part, Obama is benefiting from improving views of the economy – the share rating the nation’s economy as excellent or good has doubled over the past year.
Chart of the Week: The landscape of food assistance
A chart based on American Community Survey data shows how unevenly food stamp recipients are distributed across the country.