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Why your state might lose or gain clout in Congress after the census is released

Some states will gain seats after the census, while others such as Rhode Island will likely lose them. And even after the changes, House members from some states will still represent a starkly different number of people than others.
  • Apr 28, 2021

2020 Census shows U.S. population grew at slowest pace since the 1930s

Demographers attribute the slowing growth rate to an aging population, lower birth rates and lower rates of immigration.
  • Apr 26, 2021

‘Virus’, ‘Riotous’, ‘Folks’: The historic words in Biden’s inauguration speech

Several of the new words in Biden’s speech reflected pandemic deaths, economic fallout and recent far-right violence. He was the first new president to say “white supremacy.”
  • Jan 20, 2021

The Trump administration approved faster line speeds at chicken plants. Those facilities are more likely to have covid-19 cases.

Poultry plants with line-speed waivers are 10 times more likely to have cases than ones without the waivers, according a Post analysis.
  • Jan 3, 2021

2020 turnout is the highest in over a century

Two in three eligible Americans cast a ballot, the highest figure since 1900. We're tracking total votes as they continue to be counted.
  • Dec 8, 2020

New voters gave Biden a boost, but not everywhere

Millions more Americans cast ballots than in 2016. The counties that saw the largest turnout increases drove Biden's win, but Democratic gains were uneven.
  • Nov 24, 2020

20 million Americans didn’t vote in 2016′s closest battlegrounds

Here’s what the Trump and Biden campaigns are doing to reach them this time around.
  • Oct 30, 2020

Fatal police shootings of mentally ill people are 39 percent more likely to take place in small and midsized areas

A tragic case in Oregon shows what can go wrong when police use violence with a mentally ill person.
  • Oct 17, 2020