Demographics

Regardless of strategy, immigration reform has demographics on its side.

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A rhetorical shift that means a lot about politics

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How many people do we need? How many do we want? The astonishing announcement last year that the population of England and Wales increased by more than 3.7 million between 2001 and 2011 brought population to the forefront of political debate here in Britain.

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It’s the most common daydream of whichever consultant is masterminding Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting; for Republicans like Ted Cruz, there could be no greater catastrophe (leaving aside, naturally, the United Nations’ in

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Texas Democrats are giddy over the possibility that demographic changes might turn the Lone Star State “blue,” but the numbers suggest Texas will lean “red” for a long time.

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The numbers don’t support the hype.

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Detroit was once the nation’s fourth most-populous city. Today, it became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy. The Motor City has been in decline for decades; its population peaked at 1.8 million in 1950 and declined to just 700,000 people in the last Census. Predictably, its economy faltered—especially over the last decade. The unemployment rate is over 18 percent; fewer than half of adult residents are employed.

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Winning Numbers

Two pieces of data that explain Obama's second term

Two demographic trends that Obama should exploit.

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It's the Economy, Stupid. And Guns, Too.

Toward an understanding of the rise of suicides in America

Toward an understanding of the rise of suicides in America.

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The Latest Exercise in "Blue Texas" Wishful Thinking

The state's unlikely to vote Democratic by 2024

Texas electoral politics tend to elicit sensationalism. Jeb Bush has suggested the Lone Star state, which voted for Romney by 16 points in 2012, could somehow turn blue in 2016; Ted Cruz, who doesn’t even favor comprehensive immigration reform, similarly said that new Hispanic voters would turn Texas blue and bury the GOP alongside the Whigs.

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