At least 24 candidates have ended their campaigns or re-election bids so far this year after allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct became public, including 13 Democrats and 11 Republicans. Eight of the candidates were running at the federal level, while 16 were seeking state offices.
Within five years, non-democratic nations such as China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia will be collectively richer as a group than Western liberal democracies. By 2022, more than 1.5 billion people will be living in autocracies with fully mature economies, up from about 34 million in 1995.
One-third of the most contested districts in the House for this November’s midterm elections are home to major soybean-producing counties, which have been hurt by President Trump’s trade war with China.
The number of homicides involving firearms jumped 31 percent from 2014 to 2016, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, there were 14,415 homicides involving a gun, about eight times the number of those involving a knife or other sharp object (1,781).
Nevada could become the first state to have more women than men serving in its state legislature, after a record number of female candidates advanced in state primaries. Nearly 40 percent of Nevada’s legislative seats are already held by women.
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Young people are pessimistic about the political system, with 57% of Americans ages 15 to 34 saying they doubt that people of different political views can work together. 70% of that age group call the current political climate dysfunctional, while only 10% see American politics positively. 79% of these young people believe their generation could do a better job of leading the country.
59% of Americans want the Affordable Care Act to continue or be strengthened. 57% disapprove of President Trump’s health-care policy.