Four Americans and their brushes with Obamacare
Obamacare directly affects mainly those Americans who don’t get health insurance through their jobs. So far, some are happy. Some are furious. Many are scratching their heads. Here are four real-life stories that show some of what’s happening as health-care reform rolls out.
Debt ceiling 101: 12 questions about what’s going on
Graphic: Jake Turcotte Research: Allison Terry
Graphs: Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor
Government shutdown 101: 12 ways it could affect you
If Congress fails to fund the federal government by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year, the government will go into partial shutdown. A list of what to expect if a shutdown takes place.
Obamacare Facts: Who are the people without health insurance?
Research: Allison Terry, Graphic: Jake Turcotte/The Christian Science Monitor
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, is a federally funded program designed to help poor Americans eat well. Founded in 1964, the size of the program has increased dramatically – from 2 percent of Americans in 1970 to almost 15 percent in 2012. The latest surge is attributed to the recent recession.
Research: Allison Terry Graphics: Jake Turcotte
Racial bias and ‘stand your ground’ laws: what the data show
Graphic: Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor
The Future of Drones in the US: Do Americans support using drones against US citizens? Can Americans challenge evidence collected by Drones? How many strikes has the US launched in Pakistan?
Graphics: Allison Terry and Jacob Turcotte/The Christian Science Monitor
Sexual assault in the military: Can special counsels for victims help?
Countdown to Tax Day: As April 15 looms, we dig a little deeper into taxes, where they come from, where they go, and what reforms to the tax code could look like.
Tax reform: Why a kinder, simpler tax code eludes Congress so far
Tax day 2013: Saving energy can save you money on taxes
What does the federal government do with your money? Take our taxes quiz.
Graphics by Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor