The 113th Congress, including both the House and Senate, gained 11 Democrats, lost nine Republicans, and added six women. It also lost a mustache and seven businesspeople.
A stunning 93 percent of front-page election news stories are written by white reporters.
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Today’s lousy jobs numbers may go some way to refocusing the election on the economy. But despite the Romney campaign’s best efforts to make the economy central, and political scientists’ insistence that it’s the single best determinant of who will win in November, much of the political conversation has been about women’s issues this year. This week, it was sex-selective abortion; the week before, congressional Republicans tried to ban late-term abortions in D.C.. Earlier, there were battles over whether employers should be forced to cover birth control and the Planned Parenthood funding saga.
Those issues have been unavoidable for anyone paying attention to the news, but you’ve probably most heard about them from men. Though it’s hardly shocking or novel that men are overrepresented in media and punditry, it’s horrifying how true that is even for issues that primarily concern women, as the above graph shows.
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THE BIG PICTURE: Debt has exploded in every sector of the economy since 1980.
Map of Europe’s financial trouble
Eric Reguly writes Tuesday:
Italy moved with alarming speed from the fringe of the European Union’s financial crisis to its very centre as efforts to prevent the debt contagion from spreading beyond Greece, Ireland and Portugal failed, even threatening to engulf the United States.
Plunging prices for trading in Italian debt presented Brussels with a nightmare scenario: The potential bailout of the third-largest economy in the euro zone could be unaffordable and could result in the destruction of the common currency.
A breakdown of the demographics of top congressional staffers, many of whom toil behind the scenes in relative anonymity. [CLICK FOR LARGER]
Demographic infographics ahoy!
Foreign policy triumphs and crises rally Americans around a president, and the first polls since the raid that killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden show President Obama enjoying a surge in popularity. But history shows that such “bumps” aren’t always long lasting.