Elizabeth’s Recent Stories
Economy Apr 17What the median full-time income tells us about the gender pay gap
New data from the BLS estimates $791 as the median weekly income for full-time workers in the U.S during the first quarter of 2014. We break that down to see what it might say about the pay gap.
Economy Apr 14Compare your pay after averaged taxes to other developed nations
Use our interactive to get an idea of how income and social safety-type taxes are factored into your paycheck, and how you’d fare if the U.S. had a wage tax structure similar to other developed nations.
Health Apr 08Value of voluntary long term care for family reaches staggering amounts
Imagine working twenty hours a week at a part-time job for five years -- and never getting paid. That's the average amount of time volunteered by long-term health care caregivers as they help care for a friend, family member or acquaintance.
Health Mar 31Here’s why it might be a good idea to retire in Alaska
How does you state rank in terms of financial pressure for workers who want to one day retire? We mapped and charted the data.
Science Mar 26Replay this season’s epic winter in 90 seconds
By just about any measure, it’s supposed to be spring in the U.S. Winter, however, is making an encore appearance in parts of the country. Just how bad was this winter? We look at the data.
Nation Mar 07California humane chicken law ruffles feathers in other states
A California proposition set to go into effect at the beginning of 2015 is at the center of a lawsuit from five states. The proposition mandates eggs can only be sold in the state if they come from chickens housed…
Nation Mar 03Quiz: How well do you know this winter’s weather?
The latest bout of winter's fury is causing canceled flights, icy roads and mounds of fresh snow in need of shoveling as it rolls into the South and East after pummeling Texas to Tennessee with heavy sleet. Are you a…
World Feb 21Taking apart Iran’s nuclear program
Why is the world watching Iran's nuclear program? Because many countries have accused the Islamic State of pursuing nuclear weapons capability, although Iran insists that its program is peaceful. Read on to see how they are affected by the interim…
Economy Feb 14Why the dreams and nightmares of NAFTA didn’t come true
It was 20 years ago this year that Canada, Mexico and the U.S. created the North American Free Trade Agreement. At the time, businessman and presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted a "giant sucking sound" of U.S. jobs heading south into…
Politics Feb 07How a fraction of farm bill money supports ‘bright spot’ of U.S. international trade
President Obama plans to sign the 2014 Farm Bill Friday, a move that will solidify food and agriculture policy for the next half decade -- which goes much further than nutrition programs and crop insurance.