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  • 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

  • Obamacare contractors strike it big September 13, 2014 Obamacare contractors strike it big

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Of 33 Companies Behind the Obamacare Website, These 6 Got Most of Your Money," by John Fleming and Melissa Quinn. 33 contractors are on track to pull in an estimated $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds to develop and operate HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange, since January 2009. Two-thirds

  • Piketty Outside Mainstream Estimates of Substitutability Between Labor and Capital September 12, 2014 Piketty Outside Mainstream Estimates of Substitutability Between Labor and Capital

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Understanding Thomas Piketty and His Critics," by Curtis S. Dubay and Salim Furth. Notes: The elasticity of substitution between capital and labor describes how effectively each factor can replace the other in production. A higher elasticity indicates that the two can be more easily

  • GSP Imports Have Stagnated September 10, 2014 GSP Imports Have Stagnated

    generalized-system-preferences-xzyvzqyuzr DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "The Generalized System of Preferences: Time to Renew and Reform the U.S. Trade Program," by Ryan Olson. VIEW all graphics for this report. Source: U.S. International Trade Commission, USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb,

  • GSP Imports Relied Heavily on Mineral Oils September 10, 2014 GSP Imports Relied Heavily on Mineral Oils

    generalized-system-preferences-xzyvzqyuzr DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "The Generalized System of Preferences: Time to Renew and Reform the U.S. Trade Program," by Ryan Olson. VIEW all graphics for this report. In 1996, mineral oils comprised a tiny share of GSP imports, but by 2008 they grew to 35 percent of the total.

  • Minimum-Wage Hike Would Hurt-Fast Food Restaurants September 4, 2014 Minimum-Wage Hike Would Hurt-Fast Food Restaurants

    DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Chart: How Much Fast-Food Prices Would Rise If Employers Paid $15 an Hour," by Katrina Trinko. Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour would mean lower sales, smaller profits, fewer worker hours, and higher prices at fast-food restaurants. Source: Heritage Foundation calculations. Tags:

  • Disability Insurance Awards Surged During the Recession September 4, 2014 Disability Insurance Awards Surged During the Recession

    not-looking-for-work-xzyvzqzuzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Not Looking for Work: Why Labor Force Participation Has Fallen During the Recovery," by James Sherk. VIEW all graphics for this report. During the three-year period following the start of the recession, the number of monthly awards for Social Security

  • Less Hiring—Not More Layoffs—Is Root Case of Weak Job Market September 4, 2014 Less Hiring—Not More Layoffs—Is Root Case of Weak Job Market

    not-looking-for-work-xzyvzqzuzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Not Looking for Work: Why Labor Force Participation Has Fallen During the Recovery," by James Sherk. VIEW all graphics for this report. In the aftermath of the recession, there was a dropoff in new hires and a spike in layoffs. However, the number of layoffs

  • Gas Prices Remain High, Yet Steady September 4, 2014 Gas Prices Remain High, Yet Steady

    gas-prices-xzyvzqzuzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "What Contributes to Gas Prices and Solutions to Help," by Nicolas Loris. VIEW all graphics for this report. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, “Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update,” http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/gaspump_hist.cfm (accessed July 28,

  • Stimulus Failed to Keep Unemployment Low September 4, 2014 Stimulus Failed to Keep Unemployment Low

    not-looking-for-work-xzyvzqzuzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Not Looking for Work: Why Labor Force Participation Has Fallen During the Recovery," by James Sherk. VIEW all graphics for this report. President Obama promised that government spending would “stimulate” the economy and quell rising unemployment by “creating or

  • Unemployment Rate Has Improved—Employment-Population Ratio Has Not September 4, 2014 Unemployment Rate Has Improved—Employment-Population Ratio Has Not

    not-looking-for-work-xzyvzqzuzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Not Looking for Work: Why Labor Force Participation Has Fallen During the Recovery," by James Sherk. VIEW all graphics for this report. The unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent in 2009 and has declined slowly since. However, over the same period, the

  • Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Rise September 4, 2014 Medicare Advantage Enrollment Continues to Rise

    medicare-advantage-reform-xzyvzqzuzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Progress in Medicare Advantage: Key Lessons for Medicare Reform," by Robert E. Moffit and Alyene Senger. VIEW all graphics for this report. Source: Marsha Gold, Gretchen Jacobson, Anthony Damico, and Tricia Neuman, “Medicare Advantage 2014 Spotlight:

  • Medicare Advantage Bids Are Lower than Traditional Medicare Costs September 4, 2014 Medicare Advantage Bids Are Lower than Traditional Medicare Costs

    medicare-advantage-reform-xzyvzqzuzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Progress in Medicare Advantage: Key Lessons for Medicare Reform," by Robert E. Moffit and Alyene Senger. VIEW all graphics for this report. Source: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Report to Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, March 2014, p. 332,

  • Average Fast-Food Restaurant Has Small Profit Margin September 4, 2014 Average Fast-Food Restaurant Has Small Profit Margin

    fast-food-wages-xzyvzqzvzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Higher Fast-Food Wages: Higher Fast-Food Prices," by James Sherk. VIEW all graphics for this report. The largest expenses in a fast-food operation are wages and purchases, with the average profit margin around 3 percent. Note: Employer share of payroll taxes has

  • Minimum-Wage Hike Would Hurt Fast-Food Restaurants September 4, 2014 Minimum-Wage Hike Would Hurt Fast-Food Restaurants

    fast-food-wages-xzyvzqzvzq DOWNLOAD a high-resolution version of this graphic. Read the original report, "Higher Fast-Food Wages: Higher Fast-Food Prices," by James Sherk. VIEW all graphics for this report. Source: Heritage Foundation calculations. See appendix for details. CHART 2 • IB 4272 Tags: fast-food, restaurant, SEIU, union