Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio, was mentioned 26 times during the presidential debate last week. By contrast, Iraq came up six times, and the word “economy” was used 16 times.
Prosecutions of fraud against financial institutions dropped 48 percent from 2000 to 2007, according to the Justice Department. All white-collar crime prosecutions dropped 50 percent during that period, as 1,800 FBI agents were reassigned to anti-terrorism and intelligence duties.
The New York Times
The Tampa Bay Rays reached the 2008 World Series with the second-lowest payroll among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams—$44 million. In fact, the Rays paid their entire roster of 25 players less than the New York Yankees paid just two players this season—Alex Rodriguez ($28 million) and Jason Giambi ($23 million).
Jacksonville, Fla., Times-Union
Of the 2,880 complaints of religious discrimination in the workplace made last year to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 607 were made by Muslims—twice as many as by members of any other religious group.
The U.S. is falling further behind other developed nations in infant-mortality rates, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 births, the U.S. places 29th in the world, tying Poland and Slovakia. The nations with the lowest infant-mortality rates include Sweden, Norway, Singapore, and Japan.
Los Angeles Times
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