Politics Archive:

From the generally impartial Pew Center:

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Increase in federal support to states during recession:

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Where the federal grant money went as percent of state revenue:

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Another beauty from xkcd. I’m a little dubious of the methodology behind the liberal/conservative distinctions, but they’re upfront and clear about what is being displayed.

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Some fantastically clear interactive maps from the Washington Post, identifying tossups in each race (Presidential, Senate, House, Governor).

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I’m a little surprised by the increase in non-payers over the years.

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Non payers by state. I’m not sure I agree with using ordinal coloring – especially when so many states fall into the 30-40% range.

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“Eastern Europe” doesn’t really exist anymore. In fact, it never really did in the first place, according to this videographic.

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I thought the comparison with age of population was a smart addition.

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Click on each state in the map with your predictions, and the running total at the bottom will tell you who wins! You can also cycle through the results of elections 1789-2008, which is entertaining if you read the little election facts at the bottom of each map.

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Personally, it kind of reminded me of playing Risk on the computer back in college.

I love that the content was pulled together and includes the names of the victims – but you can barely read the names, and often can’t tell how the countries and names line up.

The NYT presents a list of options for you to decide how to trim defense spending. As usual, it’s not quite as easy as you might think – but I still got it up over $800 billion.  I like this interactive way of educating people about budget issues.

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I usually don’t like viewing stacked bars over time – it’s too hard to see what’s changing. This one still isn’t perfect, but the deficiencies are moderated somewhat by clear labels and only having the three columns. Content wise, it’s pretty fascinating too.

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To understand this chart you have to be quite the congressional procedure wonk. I think they should at least have to go back to having to talk the whole time. While standing on one foot. In uncomfortable shoes. With their mom watching.

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We’ve looked at female world leaders before. Here are some stats on representation (well, what is supposed to be representation).

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