Continuing a quarter-century trend, the term "liberal" continues to catch up with "conservative" as Americans' preferred description of their political views. Thirty-five percent of U.S. adults in 2017 identified as conservative and 26% as liberal, the first time the conservative label's edge has been single digits. Its nine-percentage-point edge in 2017 is down from 11 points in 2016 and roughly 20-point advantages at times in the past. read more
The White House says it will take down a website that hosts petitions to the federal government, with a promise to restore it as a new site next year. The "We The People" website, launched by then-President Obama in 2011, will be taken down on Tuesday at midnight, The Associated Press reported Monday. read more
The secretary of state defended the Trump administration's plan to slash US diplomacy by 31% despite North Korean missile test and Afghanistan escalation read more
After annual average gas prices had been falling consistently for five years from a high of $3.62 in 2012 to a recent low of $2.14 in 2016, the price of gas has been increasing. While some of the increase is attributable to the refinery problems due to Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the price has actually been steadily increasing since November 2016.