Our not-so-long national not-really-a-nightmare is finally over. Here's what the Senate student loans deal would do.
The 43rd president is back in the news as his library is set to open. Let's look back at his record -- in charts, of course.
As we do every month, let's break down today's job report, piece-by-piece, graphing as we go.
Government programs kept 33.6 million people, including 6.5 million children, out of poverty last year.
This morning's jobs report was awful. Unemployment went down from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, but nonfarm payrolls only increased by a dismal 96,000, with another 40,000 jobs lost in revisions of previous months' figures.
Defense spending is rising by one metric, but another says it's falling fast. What's going on?
The bottom line: veep picks matter, and can swing their home states. But national trends still matter most.
The headline figures from today's GDP report for the second quarter of 2012 aren't great: first quarter growth was revised up to 2.0 percent from 1.9, and second quarter growth was at 1.5 percent, neither of which looks particularly great. But there was a lot more to the report than just those numbers. So what else did it tell us?