Smashing all previous records, the presidential contenders collectively spent nearly $201 million on TV commercials during the just-completed primary season, industry researchers reported. In 2000, the last time both parties had contested races, primary candidates spent just $37 million on TV ads.
The number of out-of-wedlock births in the U.S. jumped by more than a percentage point last year—for the third year in a row—to 38.5 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. If the current trend continues, in 12 years, half of all U.S. babies will be born to single mothers.
The Washington Times
Efforts to reunite thousands of Burmese children separated from their parents by last month’s cyclone and flooding have been hampered because most Burmese children do not have surnames.
The Christian Science Monitor
Four of the five most conservative Supreme Court justices in the last 70 years are sitting on the bench today, according to a University of Chicago study that analyzed the voting records of the 43 justices who have served since FDR. The five most conservative, the study said, are current justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas—plus the late William Rehnquist.
U.S. News and World Report
While 56 percent of voters younger than 30 supported Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries, that percentage dropped steadily with each age bracket—to a low of 30 percent for voters 65 and older.
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