Federal prison population fell during Obama’s term, reversing recent trend
Obama is on pace to become the first president since Carter to leave the White House with a smaller federal prison population than when he took office.
Tillerson would be first secretary of state without military or government experience
At least four secretaries of state previously worked as top executives for large private-sector companies.
U.S. ends year with fewest executions since 1991
Just five states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas – accounted for all 20 executions in the U.S. in 2016.
Most Americans haven’t heard of the ‘alt-right’
The political movement known as the alt-right has sparked considerable debate in recent weeks. Most Americans, however, haven’t heard of the movement at all.
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.
Trump voters want to build the wall, but are more divided on other immigration questions
Though many Trump supporters say illegal immigration is a serious problem in the U.S. and want to build the wall, they are more divided on other questions.
Voters’ perceptions of crime continue to conflict with reality
Despite double-digit decreases in U.S. violent and property crime rates since 2008, most voters say crime has gotten worse during that span.
America’s political divisions in 5 charts
As Election Day unfolds, look through five charts that highlight how politically polarized the nation has become.
It’s harder for Clinton supporters to respect Trump backers than vice versa
Nearly the opposite is true among Trump supporters, however: 56% say they have no trouble respecting someone who backs Clinton.
Views of health care law break sharply along partisan lines
Democrats and Republicans remain extraordinarily divided in their views of the Affordable Care Act – and over what Congress should do about it – at a time when the law has become a major issue in the closing stages of the race for the White House.
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