We asked economists, economic policymakers and investors for their favorite charts of 2011. Here’s what they gave us.
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee"This chart demonstrates that revenue has to be part of the solution to the deficit. It shows that the last five times the budget was in surplus (in 1969, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001), revenue was near 20 percent of GDP. Revenue is now at 15.4 percent of GDP, near its lowest level in 60 years."Sources: OMB, CBO
A mass skiing competition in Russia, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Northern Lights glow over Finland, former congressman John Dingell’s funeral in Washington and more images from around the world.
NASA tried one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, but declared it dead on Feb. 13, 2019, 15 years after arriving at the Red Planet. The solar-powered rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense dust storms in decades.