More freshmen at Harvard and Yale identify as LGBTQ than as politically conservative, according to new surveys. At Yale, 23 percent of freshmen describe themselves as LGBTQ; only 10 percent say they are “somewhat” or “very” conservative. At Harvard, 18 percent identify as nonheterosexual; 12 percent say they are conservative.
There are currently 12,800 migrant children being held in government shelters, the highest level recorded, up from 2,400 in May 2017. The increase is not due to a surge of children entering the U.S., but to a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors.
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White men are in the minority among Democrats running for House seats in the 2018 midterms. Democrats have nominated 180 women—breaking the party’s previous record of 120—and 158 first-time candidates.
North Dakota pumped a record 1.27 million barrels of oil in July, about as much as Venezuela. Preliminary estimates show that thanks to fracking, the U.S. likely passed Saudi Arabia and Russia earlier this year to become the world’s largest producer of oil.
The median U.S. household income rose—for the third year in a row—in 2017, by 1.8 percent to $61,372. That’s about as high as it was in 2007, the last year before the Great Recession.
65% of Americans now say the economy is in good shape, the highest level since 2002. Yet many are pessimistic about the future: 57% believe that children in the U.S. today will grow up to be worse off than their parents.
49% of Americans approve of President Trump’s handling of the economy, but only 36% approve of the way he is handling his job overall. 32% say they are proud to have him as president, down 6 points since March.