U.S. Census Bureau

4:11pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Code Switch

Checking More Than One Box: A Growing Multiracial Nation

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:35 pm

Thien-Kim Lam (left) and Larry Bright (right) with their 3-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, are a multiracial family. They represent a growing segment of American families that are inter-racial and whose children identify as both races.
Courtesy of Thien-Kim Lam

Larry Bright holds his 3-year-old son's hand while the boy steps through a leafy playground in Silver Spring, Md., and practices counting his numbers in English.

At the top of the slide, the boy begins counting in his other language: Vietnamese.

Bright, the boy's father, is African-American; his mother, Thien Kim Lam, is Vietnamese. The couple has two children.

"They are a perfect mix between the two of us," Lam tells Arun Rath, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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1:32am

Thu May 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Democrats Hope For A Bright Future In The Lone Star State

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:51 am

Voters leave the Old Blanco Courthouse in Blanco, Texas, after casting their ballots in November 2012. Democrats hope demographics and a new organizational push give them a brighter future in Texas.
Eric Gay AP

President Obama travels to Texas on Thursday for the second time in as many weeks. He will talk about job training and economic opportunity, but he may have a political opportunity on his mind as well.

Obama lost Texas by more than 1 million votes last year. But Democrats believe their fortunes in the Lone Star State may soon change, thanks to demographics and a new organizational push.

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3:05pm

Wed May 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Census: Black Voting Surpassed White in 2012

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 8:46 pm

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at Cleveland Avenue Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 6, 2012.
Julie Denesha Getty Images

Black voters showed up at the polls at higher rates than whites in last year's presidential election, driving the rate of minority participation to historic levels, a new government report shows.

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9:14am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Sales Of New Homes Rose Last Month

A new home under construction earlier this year in Petaluma, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

6:51am

Tue April 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Housing Starts Surged In March, Pace Is Fastest In 5 Years

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 10:52 am

A home under construction in Provo, Utah, earlier this year.
George Frey Landov

There was a 7 percent surge in housing starts last month, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development report.

As The Associated Press notes, the pace of construction — 1.04 million starts, at an annual rate — is the fastest in nearly five years and is another sign that the housing sector continues to recover from its 2007-08 crash.

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