Author Archives: Samuel Stebbins

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Countries Buying the Most Weapons From the US Government

The U.S. government sent nearly $10 billion worth of military vehicles and weapons systems to foreign governments last year. The United States is easily the largest exporter of arms in ...
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10 States With the Most Hate Groups

According to the latest annual intelligence report from civil rights advocacy group the Southern Poverty Law Center, 917 hate groups were active across the nation last year, up from 892 ...
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Cities Where No One Wants to Drive

American motorists drove 17.6 million new vehicles off the lot in 2016, breaking the previous annual sales record of 17.5 million set the year prior. Indeed, for many, driving is ...
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The Best (and Worst) States for Business

For 83 straight months, nearly seven years, the U.S. private sector has added jobs. Unemployment has steadily declined and remains close to a 10-year low. And with investors confident about ...
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20 Companies Profiting the Most From War

National security and warfare are big business. The U.S. government spent $598.5 billion, over half of its discretionary budget, on military and weapons technology in 2015. The 100 largest arms-producing ...
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Cities Where Crime Is Plummeting

Violent crime rate in the United States rose slightly in 2015, from 362 incidents per 100,000 people in 2014 to 373 incidents per 100,000 Americans. Still, the long-term trend of ...
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Cities Where Crime Is Soaring

The violent crime rate in the United States rose slightly in 2015, from 362 incidents per 100,000 people in 2014 to 373 incidents per 100,000 Americans. Still, the long-term trend ...
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States Where the Middle Class Is Being Left Behind

By many measures, the U.S. economy is booming: unemployment is close to a decade-long low; the Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates for the second time in roughly a decade, ...
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States With the Highest (and Lowest) Gas Taxes

The federal government has some $51.4 billion in its coffers, primarily set aside for road construction and repair. These funds are raised from a federally imposed 18.4 cent tax on ...
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America’s Happiest (and Most Miserable) States

Nationwide, Americans' well-being improved in 2016 compared to 2015 and 2014. While many enjoy comfortable, healthy, and happy living and take their well-being for granted, not all Americans enjoy such ...
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States Adding the Most Jobs Since the Great Recession

The U.S. economy has changed drastically in the past decade. As the housing bubble burst and the economy spiraled into the worst recession the country has faced since the Great ...
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12 Occupations With the Worst Job Security

Every month, millions of Americans leave their jobs, either because they are laid off or because they quit. While most American workers likely seek stable, long-term employment, millions of U.S. ...
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13 Professions With the Highest Job Security

Every month, millions of Americans leave their jobs, either because they are laid off or because they quit. While leaving work or quitting can be a step to a better ...
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The Best Counties to Live In

An estimated 11.2% of Americans changed residences last year. Some of these left their homes for a new city, or suburb, looking for a better job and quality of life. ...
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States With the Best (and Worst) Schools

Few concerns facing the United States -- or any nation -- are more important than ensuring children receive a first-rate education. At her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, U.S. education secretary ...
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