Looking back on the last century of data, no other Congress was as ideologically divided as the 112th. The 113th Congress looks to be worse.
Why is public policy so often reactive, convoluted, and obtuse? This political scientist has an explanation – and a way to start fixing it.
Obama was only the seventeenth president to make a second inaugural address. Together, these addresses offer a portrait of our evolving Nation, charting the path of various ideologies, historical forces, and rhetorical tropes. Here are all seventeen.
The Guardian and the New York Times have come out with excellent graphics looking at existing gun regulations by state and at the proposed federal gun regulations. Both raise the interesting question of how to regulate well.
The credit market crisis was a communal and colossal failure to evaluate risk. The entire system rested on just a few bad assumptions, many of which were made by the credit rating agencies. Here’s how they went wrong, and how we should have fixed them.
This is an amazing map of every person counted by the 2010 US and 2011 Canadian censuses. The map has 341,817,095 dots – one for each person.
The dissident conservative economist Bruce Bartlett has written an excellent essay about how he was exiled from the conservative world because of the conclusions he drew about the Bush administration and the Great Recession.
People often point to our increasing life expectancy as an argument for raising the retirement age. But the gains have not been shared equally, and are not even as large as you might expect. These graphs tell the story.