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  • No more McMansions: Half of home sales under $200,000

    No more McMansions: Half of home sales under $200,000

    US new home sales skidded to a record low in February, except for one category: homes under $200,000. Goodbye, McMansions.

  • Census data show Hispanic boom. How it could impact US politics.

    Census data show Hispanic boom. How it could impact US politics.

    The US Hispanic population grew 43 percent during the past decade to 50.5 million – more than half the country's population growth. The demographic trend could impact elections.

  • Detroit fights back against plummeting population

    Detroit fights back against plummeting population

    Detroit has lost one-fourth of its population since 2000. Mayor Dave Bing will fight the US Census Bureau's numbers, which are important in determining federal and state aid. Meanwhile, the city is working to attract new residents by concentrating services in recovering neighborhoods.

  • Five fun facts for St. Patrick’s Day

    Five fun facts for St. Patrick’s Day

    Though firmly rooted in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was invented in America. Irish-Americans in Boston were the first to celebrate the holiday, back in 1737. Here are five things about St. Patrick’s Day that you may not have known.

  • Medicare, Obamacare future? Snip, snip, snip.

    David R. Francis Medicare, Obamacare future? Snip, snip, snip.

    Medicare and the new federal health-insurance program will boost costs that Congress will have to rein in.

  • Mad as Hell

    Mad as Hell

    British historian Dominic Sandbrook takes an engaging look at the US in the 1970s, seeking for connections between an era of lagging American self-confidence and the rise of today's right wing.

  • Some jobless don't look for jobs. They start a business.

    Some jobless don't look for jobs. They start a business.

    New business starts hit a 14-year high in 2009. But succeeding is a challenge.

  • As world population heads toward a peak, Malthusian worries reemerge

    Editor's Blog As world population heads toward a peak, Malthusian worries reemerge

    By 2050, the planet will add the equivalent of a new China and India in population. Africa is increasingly seen as the new global breadbasket in the quest to feed all those people.

  • Chicago's Latinos get an earful on Rahm Emanuel's immigration record

    Chicago's Latinos get an earful on Rahm Emanuel's immigration record

    Latino voters, likely to be a key bloc in the Chicago mayor's race, get conflicting reports from candidate Rahm Emanuel and his rivals concerning his record on immigration policy.

  • Redistricting 101: Eight facts about redrawing the US political map

    Redistricting 101: Eight facts about redrawing the US political map

    Every 10 years, everyone in the United States gets counted – all 308,745,538 of them, according to the 2010 Census. The number of representatives in Congress, however, stays at 435. Dividing the larger number by the smaller gives the average number of people in each congressional district (now 709,760). But Americans move around a lot – for new jobs or better weather, to be closer to family, or just for the adventure. As a result, the boundaries of those congressional districts have to shift to make sure that each district has as close to the same number of people as possible. And that shifting can have important political, economic, and social consequences. That’s what ‘redistricting’ is all about.