U.S. PoliticsDecember 5, 2016

What kinds of backgrounds do U.S. attorneys general have?

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, closely resembles many previous Justice Department leaders.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 1, 2016

Will Trump’s backing revive moribund term-limits movement?

Although the movement to limit congressional terms has been largely dormant for the past two decades, 15 states do limit how many terms their own legislators can serve.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 29, 2016

Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades

The share of Americans who support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 26, 2016

5 facts about the Supreme Court

Amid the impasse over who should replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, data show the depths of Americans’ partisan and ideological divide over the high court.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 7, 2016

House seats rarely flip from one party to the other

Big partisan shifts in the House of Representatives happen, but not often. In only three of the past 12 election cycles has one party posted a net gain of more than 30 seats, and on average 93% of House members who seek re-election are voted back into office.

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.

GlobalJuly 22, 2016

Few American women have broken the glass ceiling of diplomacy

Over 4,600 U.S. ambassadors have served in foreign countries since the founding of the nation – and only 9% of them have been women.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 19, 2016

More minority federal judges have been appointed under Democratic than Republican presidents

Since 1945, Democratic presidents have appointed three times as many black judges, and also more Hispanic and Asian judges, to the federal bench as their Republican counterparts.

June 28, 2016

Blacks have made gains in U.S. political leadership, but gaps remain

In 1965, there were no black senators or governors, and just six House members were black. By 2015, there was more representation in some areas but little change in others.

U.S. PoliticsMay 10, 2016

What kind of person runs for vice president?

Of the 72 people who’ve been nominated for vice president on a major-party (or significant third-party) ticket since 1868, most have served in one or both houses of Congress or been a state governor.