Source: Washington Post Archive:

To be cliché: the truth may surprise you. This is a great look at the “loopholes” in our tax system, point by point. You can filter by kind of break, compare individual vs corporate, find out when they were first implemented, and see how they all add up. However, I really wish the lines in the main bar graph had matched width with the amount of the break (with the y-axis being billions of $) – at first glance that’s what I thought was going on. I’m also not sure how I feel about things like “employer contributions to health care” being considered a break. (related article)

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This interactive tool from the Washington post lets you see how much your credit score affects the interest you will pay on mortgage and auto loans.

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Some interesting charts on income distribution, from the Washington Post. (related article)

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Average life expectancy varies a lot by location, gender, and race. International comparisons done by the original study conclude that the US is falling behind the rest of the industrialized world.

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From a design point of view, take a look at the below version of the map from the original study — the use of a higher contrast color scheme and non-linear legend ranges results in a more striking view of the results. I’m not sure which one I like better. The top one is more information rich and cleaner – but the bottom one slaps you in the face with meaning.

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A number of these charts have been making the rounds, using different measures. Some of the projections obviously have to be taken with a grain of salt, but the basic message appears to be that letting the Bush era tax cuts expire would relieve a lot of budget pressure. Each of the links below go to fairly in-depth blog posts.image image

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Despite public perception of immigrants as being poorly educated, the high-skilled U.S. immigrant population today outnumbers the low-skilled population. (related article; original study)

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On the left, a comparison of budget proposals. On the right, a videographic that is sort of “debt ceiling for dummies”. Both from the Washington Post.

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Average earnings of different college bachelor’s degrees. Good to see engineering at the top. The most popular major?: Business – ick. The original study also breaks down earnings by gender and ethnic groups. (related Washington Post article)

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A fantastic annotated heatmap from the Washington Post breaking down job creation/loss by sector. On the right is an interactive, slightly more annotated, line chart version of the same data. I prefer the heatmap. (related article)

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The Washington Post has mapped out a bunch of interesting stats concerning States’ Budget problems: shortfalls, pension liabilities, proposed cuts (health care, education, etc), and who is in charge. To sum up: this is yet another way we’re screwed beyond belief. (related article)

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2010 census data illustrates the gradual gentrification of DC – the city that was 70 percent black in the 1970s is now estimated at less than 50 percent. Heck, from 1990-2010 rising housing costs chased ME across town from Georgetown to Mount Pleasant to Capitol Hill. The related article has some interesting details.

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There are also two interactive versions:

Projections of when China’s GDP will be bigger than the USA’s, based on several different growth rates. There’s also an interactive version.

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