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Donald Trump, left, and Joe Biden, both photographed on Nov. 2, 2023, are two of the three oldest men ever to serve as president. Trump: Brandon Bell/Getty Images; Biden: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Why are US politicians so old? And why do they want to stay in office?

Many years beyond the average American retirement age, politicians vie for power and influence. Their constituents tend to prefer they step back and pass the torch to younger people.
Census takers went door to door in 2020, as in past years, seeking to make the count as accurate as possible. AP Photo/John Raoux

2020 census miscounted Americans – 4 questions answered

When the Census Bureau’s count of the population is inaccurate, it affects representation and government spending. Correcting errors isn’t always allowed.
Community groups, like this one in Phoenix, have been working to get people of color to contribute their information to the census. AP Photo/Terry Tang

Shortened census count will hurt communities of color

The census will likely count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than there actually are.
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Your guide to the 2020 census questionnaire

Emily Klancher Merchant, a historian of science and technology at the University of California at Davis, shares some of the most interesting stories behind the 2020 census questionnaire
Fears of the census may have informed the Bureau’s 2020 tagline. U.S. Census Bureau

Why some Americans don’t trust the census

A quarter of Americans, many of them non-white, are worried about data privacy and confidentiality in the 2020 census.
A U.S. Census Bureau staff member uses digital maps to help identify where people live and need to be counted. U.S. Census Bureau via AP

The census goes digital – 3 things to know

Collecting census data online creates new risks to the accuracy and integrity of the information. Here’s what to be aware of.
Unemployment and a loss of health insurance are two problems not necessarily captured in official poverty measures. tuaindeed/Shutterstock.com

US poverty statistics ignore millions of struggling Americans

In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.

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