More than 20 million people watched the televised Senate testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. That’s an audience size roughly similar to that of a playoff football game or the Academy Awards.
Budget cuts have forced the Internal Revenue Service to slash its enforcement staff by a third since 2011. The rate at which the agency audits tax returns has plummeted by 42 percent since then, with just 328 criminal referrals in 2016. The IRS estimates that business owners alone cheat the government of $125 billion in taxes every year.
About 700 grizzly bears currently live in the vicinity of Yellowstone National Park. When the animal was first placed on the Endangered Species Act list, only about 125 were known to be living in the area.
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Last winter, 80,000 Americans died of the flu and related complications, the most since the winter of 1976-77, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Only about 47 percent of Americans elect to receive flu vaccinations.
Minority journalists made up 16.6 percent of the media workforce in 2017, compared with 11.3 percent in 1997, according to the American Society of News Editors. But 39 percent of the U.S. population as a whole are minorities.
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