A first for West Point
For the first time, two male graduates of West Point were married at the military academy’s chapel last weekend. The happy couple are Larry Choate III, class of 2009, and Daniel Lennox, class of 2007.
The TSA's gun haul
The Transportation Security Administration found 29 guns at security checkpoints across the U.S. in the week before the shooting at Los Angeles International. All but two were loaded. In 2012, airport screeners found more than 1,500 guns.
The annual budget deficit drops
For the first time in five years, the U.S. annual budget deficit was below $1 trillion in 2013, coming in at $680 billion. The deficit dropped 37 percent from the previous year—the fastest rate of decline since the end of World War II.
Education and divorce rates
The more education an American receives, the less likely he or she is to get divorced. Almost 60 percent of high school dropouts divorce by age 46, compared with 48.5 percent of people with some college education and 30 percent of those with bachelor’s degrees.
Fishing for a running mate
In Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate in 2012, his vetting staff gave the candidates marine-themed code names, according to the book Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Chris Christie was “Pufferfish,” Marco Rubio “Pescado,” and Paul Ryan—the eventual vice-presidential candidate from Wisconsin—was “Fishconsin.”