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Data Feed: Hispanics and the American Dream, earned-income credit by county, Islamic banking

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Politics 55% of Americans dissatisfied with gun laws — highest since 2001, Gallup Wyoming residents most conservative, D.C. most liberal, Gallup Christie loses ground among Florida Republicans, Quinnipiac People more likely to vote if they’ll be asked about it later, NBER Real-time tool to track campaign finances, Sunlight Foundation

Economy Rhode Island had highest jobless rate (9.1%) in December, Bureau of Labor Statistics The future of the U.S. job market, BLS (via C-SPAN) Map: The earned income tax credit in your county, Brookings Interactive: The War on Poverty in the states, 1959-2012, The Pew Charitable Trusts What made the U.S. economy grow in 2013? Quartz Why the homeownership rate is misleading, The New York Times Charts: Putting U.S. economic growth in perspective, The Wall Street Journal People who join work force in recessions happier in their jobs, Harvard Business Review

Health & Society 55% of Americans followed ACA rollout news closely in January, Kaiser Family Foundation U.S. global health budget: Analysis of FY2014 appropriations, Kaiser Family Foundation New report tracks behavioral health in America, SAMHSA Hospitalizations due to firearm injuries in children and adolescents, Pediatrics Share of single-person households changed little between 1995-2012, NCFMR Fewer children play team sports, The Wall Street Journal How much snow it typically takes to cancel school across the U.S., The Atlantic Cities Hispanics’ faith in American Dream exceeds whites, blacks, The Washington Post Who drinks more: Liberals or conservatives? Freakonomics

International Japan posted third straight trade deficit in 2013, The New York Times Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0%inflation down to 0.7%, Eurostat Russian companies increase share of global weapons market, SIPRI Assets at Islamic banks growing by 15% annually, Council on Foreign Relations UK infant mortality rate, 2012: 4 deaths per 1,000 live births, Office for National Statistics Liquid fuels and natural gas trends in the Americas, Energy Information Agency

Random Samples Global population distribution, according to animals of the Chinese zodiac, The Economist Charts: Emotional highs and lows of NFL fans as expressed on Facebook, Facebook

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