Urban areas make up just 3.6 percent of the total land in the 48 contiguous states, but now 4 in 5 Americans live in these areas—and the number continues to grow at a rapid rate.
More than 400 gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender candidates are running for office this year, the highest number on record. There are about 500 openly LGBT elected officials throughout the country—including one governor and seven members of Congress—which is about 0.1 percent of all elected officials.
The New York Times
Fewer Americans, especially those between 21 and 27, are choosing beer when they consume alcohol, as the popularity of wine and cocktails grows. Drinkers chose beer 49.7 percent of the time last year, down from 60.8 percent in the mid-’90s.
The Wall Street Journal
In the 145 school shootings committed by minors since 1999, the guns involved in at least 84 of them were taken from the shooter’s home or from a friend’s or family member’s home. But in those cases, just four adults have been successfully prosecuted for failing to keep their guns secure.
The Washington Post
Terrorist attacks by Muslims receive 357 percent more press coverage than terrorist attacks by white supremacists and other non-Muslims, a new study has found.