Gender differences in employment
A record 67.5 million women in the U.S. are currently employed, which means women have recovered all the jobs they lost during the 2008 recession, the U.S. Labor Department reported. About 69 million men hold jobs, which is still down 2 million from 2007. The difference: Male-dominated professions like construction and manufacturing have not fully recovered.
The Wall Street Journal
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, together this year
Next week, Thanksgiving will fall on the first day of Hanukkah. Physicists calculate that the next “Thanksgivukkah” will not occur until A.D. 79,811.
The Jewish Daily Forward
How the NSA handles open-records requests
Leaks about the National Security Agency’s aggressive surveillance practices have sparked an 888 percent increase in open-records requests by Americans demanding to know whether their phone calls and Internet activity have been spied on. The NSA responds with a letter saying it can neither confirm nor deny that any information has been gathered.
The gayest place in America
Washington, D.C., has become the gayest place in America. Some 10 percent of people in the nation’s capital identify as gay, according to Gallup. That’s double the percentage in Hawaii, the country’s gayest state, and almost triple the national average of 3.5 percent.
The New York Times
The Army's lost supplies
Between 2003 and 2011, the U.S. Army lost track of $5.8 billion worth of supplies. The Pentagon is the only federal agency that still does not produce complete audits of its spending and assets.