Americans Having More Abortions

A decades-long decline has ended.

The Anglicization of Spanish Place Names

You-VAL-dee? You-VAHL-day? Oo-VAHL-deh?

Mass Shootings, Ideology, and Mental Illness

We know a lot less about the motives of spree killers than the public discourse suggests.

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Who’s Middle and Upper Class in America Today?

The numbers don’t match the perception.

Voters in Sour Mood Ahead of Midterms

The polls do not bode well for Democrats.

American Excess Deaths from COVID

We did much better in 2020 and worse since 2021 than we thought.

Census Undercounted Some Groups, Overcounted Others

Antiquated counting methods lead to misallocation of resources.

Elections with Foregone Conclusions

Greatest democracy in the world, right?

A Note on Primary Elections

Data from Texas underscore a frequent point about primaries.

Police, Money, and Perverse Incentives

Officers are under enormous pressure–including from the Federal government–to write tickets.

More Unvaccinated People Live in Blue Counties

A paradox that’s not hard to explain.

The Collegiate Gender Gap

Women are increasingly dominating American higher education.

Southernification of Rural America

Rural-urban is now a bigger divide than North-South.

The Size of the US House of Representatives

It hasn’t changed in over 100 years (but the population sure has).

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America Getting Less White

The long demographic trend continues.

The New Red Scare

Fear of Chinese spies led to a bizarre and illegal operation within the Commerce Department.

Most Unvaccinated Americans are Poor

Almost everyone in households making over $75,000 are protected from COVID.

SCOTUS Upholds Arizona Voting Rules

A completely unsurprising 6-3 decision.

Democrats Increasingly Frustrated with Congress

It turns out a 51-50 Senate majority isn’t enough.

Virginia’s Weird Politics

The Commonwealth is much more diverse than national election returns might indicate.

The Importance of Time Horizons in Politics

And general considerations on mid-term elections.

The Broadband Gap

Huge swaths of the country are underserved.

US Births Drop Sixth Year Straight

We’re at the lowest rate in generations.

Competitive Pressures and Party Behavior

Assessing Republican strategic positioning (and the incentives in our system).

Sullivan on Biden (and a Discussion of Fiscal Policy)

On fiscal policy and historical comparisons.

More Census 2020 Takeaways

The trends over the last half century are really something.

Census Results Likely a Boost for GOP

The long shift of population from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt continues—with the unusual exception of California.

The Joys of Decennial Redistricting

Quite a number of Democratic Congressmen are thinking about seeking a new job.

The Republican Advantage in the House

Any “fair” drawing of districts will yield a GOP advantage over time.

Republican Leadership Face Tests with Cheney and Greene

Mitch McConnell is testing out his spine again.

Return of the Technocrats? Or Sinking in the Swamp?

Policy wonks are seeing a refreshing return to the normal order. Some believe that’s a bad thing.

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A startling number than may understate the problem.

Census Misses Apportionment Deadline

President Trump’s illegal plan to exclude illegal aliens may have been thwarted.

Are “Liberal” States Shrinking?

Thinking about unsupported narratives and a little bit about data usage.

SCOTUS Stays Order Requiring Census to Keep Counting

A legally correct ruling based on a lie.

The Senate’s Rural Skew

Injecting data into the conversation.

Is the American Government Legitimate?

A long-winded and esoteric discussion about an elusive idea.

Trump Loses Census Case

It will, however, be appealed to SCOTUS.

Majority of Under-30 Adults Live with Parents

Already-high rates have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Why Roberts Sided with Abortion Rights

Is the Chief Justice laying a trap or simply ‘calling balls and strikes’?

SCOTUS Hands Trump DACA Defeat

Donald Trump would be a more effective and dangerous President if he and his team were more competent.

Working Longer During the Pandemic

Contrary to some expectations, Americans are logging three extra hours of work a day.

Supreme Court Set To Hear DACA Challenge

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear argument in a case likely to decide the fate of former President Obama’s DACA program.

State Legislature On The Line In Virginia, Where Trump Is Very Unpopular

Virginia voters don’t like Donald Trump, or Republicans in general, very much right now, and that could translate into Democrats taking control of the state legislature for the first time in nearly 30 years.

October Jobs Report Beats Expectations, But Still Comes In As Anemic

October’s jobs report came back better than expected but hardly something to cheer.

Congressman Elijah Cummings Dead At 68

An iconic and honorable Member of Congress has passed away.

White House Doubles Down On Stonewalling

The White House is doubling down on its illegitimate stonewalling of valid Congressional document requests.

Supreme Court Returns With A Politically Volatile Docket

The Supreme Court returns to work today with a significant number of high-profile cases on its docket.

Disappointing Jobs Growth For September

A somewhat disappointing jobs report for September.

August Jobs Report Falls Below Expectations At +130,000 New Jobs

The August Jobs Report came in below expectations as other economic statistics point to a slowing economy.