Politics

In the 2020 U.S. presidential election, concerns were raised that both candidates may be too old to hold office. Both Joe Biden, 78, and Donald Trump, 75, would have been the oldest sitting president...
The President of the United States is often called the most powerful person in the world. This rings true, given the size of the U.S. military and the scope of its ideological and economic influence....
Americans are growing less trusting of their political institutions. Per a Gallup poll, less than 40% of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the presidency, which...
A lot can change in a decade. A global financial crisis gave rise to organized protest movements in 2011. The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 continues to raise criticisms of...
Based on the FBI’s background check database, U.S. gun sales in March totaled 4.6 million, 25% more than in March of last year — which itself was up by 42.4% from March 2019. This was one of...
The pace at which COVID-19 has spread across the U.S. has slowed. The U.S. is reporting a fraction of the daily confirmed and fatal cases compared to less than two months ago, when there were over...
Every day, commonplace activities that many of us take for granted, such as turning on a light switch or driving to work, consume energy. While an individual’s energy consumption is relatively...
Before the COVID-19 pandemic cost millions of Americans their livelihoods, the U.S. poverty rate had been in decline for years, as the economy continued its recovery from the recession that began in...
Disturbing and violent events such as the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection in Washington and the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. have heightened public awareness of hate groups across...
Arrests for marijuana possession topped half a million in 2019, more than the number of arrests for any other drug abuse offense tracked by the FBI. That same year, a survey conducted by Pew Research...
Only 45 people have ever become president of the United States. All were men; all but Barack Obama were white; and all but John F. Kennedy were Protestant. Most of them were lawyers or had a...
In March 2019, Jimmy Carter became the longest-living former president in U.S. history. Carter, who is now 96, passed President George H.W. Bush, who, at the time of his death, was the longest living...
President Donald Trump ended a historically unpopular presidency with the lowest record approval rating during his term, at 34%, according to Gallup. Only Harry S. Truman and Richard Nixon, who...
The organization known as Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 111th anniversary on Feb. 8, 2021. Any youth boy or girl in the country can join one of its five scouting programs: Cub Scouting,...
Few elected officials at the federal level have as limited job security as members of the House of Representatives. Unlike their counterparts in the Senate, who are up for reelection every six years,...