In 1992, there were 860 U.S. counties where manufacturers employed at least a quarter of the workers, and Democrat Bill Clinton won 49 percent of them. In 2016, there were only 323 manufacturing-heavy counties, but Republican Donald Trump won 95 percent of them.
The Wall Street Journal
At least 85 rural hospitals have totally shut down since 2010, while others have dramatically cut back on services. Researchers estimate that fewer than half of the rural counties in the U.S. still have a hospital that offers obstetric care, forcing women to give birth outside a hospital. Rural hospitals are hurting financially because of cuts to public health-insurance programs and a refusal by many states to expand Medicaid.
The New York Times
Wildfires in the U.S. are getting larger. Although the number of fires every year has stayed relatively consistent since 1985, the total acreage burned has increased dramatically. Wildfires have burned 3,362,431 acres of land in the U.S. so far in 2018. That’s 4 percent more acreage burned than average by this time of the year, and fire management officials say one factor is hotter, drier conditions caused by climate change.
Eight states will be home to almost half the U.S. population by 2040, according to an analysis by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service of the University of Virginia. The most populous 16 states will account for 70 percent of the population by that year.
The Washington Post
51% of voters believe “the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump.” 35% do not, including 70% of Republicans. Trump’s overall approval rating fell from 43% in late June to 38% after the Helsinki summit.
22% of Americans now name immigration as the most important problem facing the nation, up from 14% in June. 35% of Republicans rank immigration as the nation’s most important problem, and so do 18% of Democrats.