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  • The Grid: How Electricity Is Distributed and Regulated October 29, 2014 The Grid: How Electricity Is Distributed and Regulated

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "America’s Electricity Grid: Outdated or Underrated?" by Jonathan Lesser. Note: FERC regulation does not include Texas. FIGURE 1 • BG 2959 Tags: electricity, grid, voltage, smart-grid

  • GNP Volatility, Standard Estimates October 24, 2014 GNP Volatility, Standard Estimates

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Federal Reserve Performance: Have Business Cycles Really Been Tamed?" by Norbert J. Michel. Notes: GNP deviation from trend is measured using Hodrick–Prescott Filter. GNP is according to the standard Kuznets series as reported by Selgin, Lastrapes, and White. Source: George Selgin, William

  • China's Economy Slowing Down October 22, 2014 China's Economy Slowing Down

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "China’s Slowdown Not Good for the Global Economy or the U.S.," by William Wilson. From 2010 to 2011, China’s economy grew at a staggering rate—at least 9 percent each quarter. Since then it has cooled to an average of 7.6 percent per quarter and is showing signs of slowing further. Source:

  • All Tax Revenue Spent on Entitlements and Net Interest by 2030 October 17, 2014 All Tax Revenue Spent on Entitlements and Net Interest by 2030

    govt-waste-spending-xzyvyzysyt DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending," by Romina Boccia. VIEW all graphics for this report. In less than two decades, all projected tax revenues will be consumed by three federal programs (Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, which includes

  • Entitlement Programs Primary Cause for Rise in Government Spending October 17, 2014 Entitlement Programs Primary Cause for Rise in Government Spending

    govt-waste-spending-xzyvyzysyt DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending," by Romina Boccia. VIEW all graphics for this report. Nearly all the growth in government spending over the past 40 years is due to growth in entitlement programs. In fact, government spending would be even

  • As Entitlements Grow, the Discretionary Share of the Budget Falls to Below One Quarter October 17, 2014 As Entitlements Grow, the Discretionary Share of the Budget Falls to Below One Quarter

    govt-waste-spending-xzyvyzysyt DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending," by Romina Boccia. VIEW all graphics for this report. Sources: Office of Management and Budget, Historical Tables: Budget of the U.S. Government, FY 2014, Table 8.5, April 2013,

  • Budget Deficit Primed to Grow October 9, 2014 Budget Deficit Primed to Grow

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "The 2014 Deficit Is the Smallest In Six Years. But Here’s the Bad News," by Romina Boccia. The Congressional Budget Office projects the federal budget deficit will increase significantly over the next ten years. Its baseline projection shows a deficit of nearly $1 trillion by 2024, and the

  • Charter Schools in Rural States October 3, 2014 Charter Schools in Rural States

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Is School Choice Feasible in Rural States?" by Lindsey Burke. The most rural state in the country, Maine, allows charter schools to operate, as do Mississippi and Arkansas, which also rank among the top ten states with the most residents living in rural areas. Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and

  • Measuring Corruption October 1, 2014 Measuring Corruption

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Why the U.S. Should Oppose the Creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court," by Brett D. Schaefer, Steven Groves, and James M. Roberts. Transparency International measures corruption by country in its annual Corruption Perceptions Index. No country had a perfect score in 2013, and

  • U.N. Programme Budget for the Biennium September 22, 2014 U.N. Programme Budget for the Biennium

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "A U.S. Agenda for the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly," by Brett D. Schaefer. Source: United Nations, Programme Budget for the Biennium 2004–2005, A/58/6/Add. 1, pp. 84–85; United Nations, Programme Budget for the Biennium 2008-2009, A/62/6/Add. 1, pp. 122–124; United Nations,

  • Russia's Foreign Debt September 17, 2014 Russia's Foreign Debt

    russia-economy-xzyvzqyqzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Russia's Avoidable Economic Decline," by Ariel Cohen, Ivan Benovic, and James Roberts. VIEW all graphics for this report. Source: Central Bank of Russia, “Vneshniy dolg Rossiyskoy Federatsii (mln. Doll. SShA)” (“Foreign Debt of the Russian Federation (in millions

  • Russia: Little Improvement in Economic Freedom September 17, 2014 Russia: Little Improvement in Economic Freedom

    russia-economy-xzyvzqyqzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Russia's Avoidable Economic Decline," by Ariel Cohen, Ivan Benovic, and James Roberts. VIEW all graphics for this report. Russia’s score in the Index of Economic Freedom has changed little in the past 20 years. It remains just above the “Repressed” category. Source:

  • Russia's GDP Growth September 17, 2014 Russia's GDP Growth

    russia-economy-xzyvzqyqzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Russia's Avoidable Economic Decline," by Ariel Cohen, Ivan Benovic, and James Roberts. VIEW all graphics for this report. Sources: Federal State Statistics Service, “Valovoy vnutrenniy produkt (v tsenakh 2008 g., mlrd. rub.)” (“Gross Domestic Product (in 2008

  • Russia Lags Behind World in Most Categories of Economic Freedom September 17, 2014 Russia Lags Behind World in Most Categories of Economic Freedom

    russia-economy-xzyvzqyqzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Russia's Avoidable Economic Decline," by Ariel Cohen, Ivan Benovic, and James Roberts. VIEW all graphics for this report. Source: Terry Miller, Anthony B. Kim, and Kim R. Holmes, 2014 Index of Economic Freedom (Washington, D.C.: The Heritage Foundation and Dow

  • No Holdup for Obama's Nominees for Federal Courts September 15, 2014 No Holdup for Obama's Nominees for Federal Courts

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Obama’s Greatest Legacy: Remaking the Federal Courts," by Elizabeth Slattery. In the first 19 months of President Obama’s second term in office, 104 of his judicial nominees have been confirmed. That’s more than twice the number of confirmations for President George W. Bush during the same