February 13, 2015

National Academies: Census survey data should be more user-friendly

The bureau should be paying more attention to the needs and opinions of the people and organizations that use its data, according to a recent report.

Internet & TechFebruary 3, 2015

NASA popularity still sky-high

NASA continues to be very popular among the public, with four times as many Americans holding a favorable view of the space agency as unfavorable (68% vs. 17%).

ReligionJanuary 27, 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a significant year for religion at the Supreme Court

Here’s a rundown of the Supreme Court’s busy docket, which includes cases on the ACA’s contraception mandate, religion in the workplace, same-sex marriage and the death penalty.

GlobalJanuary 26, 2015

Despite progress, U.S. still lags many nations in women leaders

Women now make up 20% of Congress, a record high. But women have more representation in most countries’ national legislatures.

ReligionJanuary 22, 2015

House Catholics are trending Republican

More House Republicans in the new, 114th Congress identify as Catholic than in any other recent Congress, and they now outnumber Catholic Democrats in the House.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 22, 2015

How Americans View Government Agencies

The public continues to express positive views of many agencies of the federal government, even though overall trust in government is near historic lows.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 14, 2015

Obama’s Job Rating Ticks Higher

President Obama enters the seventh year of his presidency with a 47% approval rating, up five points since December. Meanwhile, the public’s views of the U.S. economy have steadily improved.

January 14, 2015

Women have long history in Congress, but until recently there haven’t been many

A record 108 women are serving in the new House and Senate, but that’s still only a fifth of the total membership.

January 12, 2015

114th Congress is most diverse ever

Almost one-in-five members of the House and Senate are a racial or ethnic minority, making the 114th Congress the most diverse in history. However, Congress remains disproportionately white when compared with the U.S. population, which has grown increasingly diverse in recent decades.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 12, 2015

Will GOP-run Congress lead to more Obama vetoes? History suggests yes

Some political observers predict that Obama will be using his veto pen a lot more in his last two years in office than he did in the first six. Recent history indicates that presidents do veto more bills when both houses of Congress are controlled by the opposing party.