The U.S. opts out of global trade, opening the door to China
A look at the impact of the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced more than 211,000 guns back to their original point of purchase on behalf of law enforcement agencies in 2016. Of those, roughly 71 percent were originally sold in the state they were found, while the rest were from out of state. This interactive map shows the pattern of how guns move from state to state.
Note: Map shows only the top 10 out-of-state sources for traces run from each state; Data: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Chart: Chris Canipe
Why it matters: It's often impossible to establish the chain of ownership from owner to original point of sale. Firearms legally change hands without a paper trail through private purchases, including those made at gun shows. Additional restrictions on how records can be stored can make the entire chain even harder to trace.
Most ATF traces are run at the request of law enforcement agencies seeking information on guns recovered at crime scenes or confiscated during traffic stops. Not all recovered firearms are traced, but those that are can tell us a lot about how guns move between states.
Here are some key takeaways from the data:
Go deeper: Gun Laws Stop At State Lines, But Guns Don't
The House Republican tax bill would give tax cuts to people in most income brackets, but not all — creating potential problems for Republican leaders who promised tax cuts for everyone. Here's how the tax cuts would turn into tax increases for some Americans in the later years, and who would get the deepest cuts, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Data: The Joint Committee on Taxation; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios
The United States saw a big decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Read on to see the change in minority voter turnout, state by state.
Data: Census Bureau; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios
Why it matters: There's been so much discussion of the impact of unprecedented factors in the 2016 election — including Russian meddling in social media — that it's easy to forget more basic factors, like the steep drop in the African-American vote since Barack Obama's two elections as president.
Why it happened: A dip in enthusiasm without Obama on the ballot, as well as restrictive voter ID laws. Among the eight states that instituted strict voter ID laws since 2008, five of them saw immediate drops in minority voter turnout, including dramatic dips in Wisconsin, North Dakota and Georgia.
Data: Census Bureau, National Conference of State Legislatures; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios
The impact: Between 2012 and 2016, African-Americans shifted from overrepresented to underrepresented among the voters who turned out, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of U.S. census data published in May.
The American Wind Energy Association, industry's main trade group, has released its latest snapshot of U.S. development. A few takeaways and numbers from the wealth of new data:
The health care deal by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray is the best chance for insurers to regain the Affordable Care Act subsidies President Trump wants to cut off. But there's no guarantee it can pass Congress and get to Trump's desk. Here's a look at the $1 billion in losses insurers would suffer through the end of this year if the subsidies end, per the consulting firm Avalere.
Data: Avalere; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios
The bottom line: Florida, California, and Texas insurers would be hardest hit, with Florida insurers alone losing $200 million. They have to provide the subsidies to low and middle-income people even if they don't get reimbursed — but some will raise their rates or even pull out of the markets if they have to face those kinds of losses.
Data: Kaiser Family Foundation; Daily Kos Elections; Census Bureau; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios
The Trump administration's decision to stop paying the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction subsidies will affect ACA customers in Republican-leaning congressional districts as well as Democratic ones. Here's a look at how many people could feel the impact in districts that voted for President Trump, compared to those in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton.
The details: This year, 11.1 million people were enrolled in ACA marketplace plans or in a Basic Health Plan created by the law. Of those, 5.9 million live in Republican-held congressional districts and 5.2 million live in districts held by Democrats, per the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The impact: The cost-sharing reduction subsidies are going to 58 percent of the people who are enrolled in ACA marketplace plans. In all, about 7 million people don't receive any financial assistance with their premiums, so they'd pay the full cost when health insurance companies raise their rates. But others could be affected if health insurers decided to pull out of the markets rather than deal with the instability.
Go deeper: Trump states are hit hardest by the subsidy cutoff, per the Associated Press.
Shipping traffic into Puerto Rico dropped off dramatically when Hurricane Maria hit the island on Sept. 20, and was slow to pick up again in the days that followed as the country scrambled to acquire relief supplies. The data comes from MarineTraffic.com, which tracks the position of maritime traffic in real time.
What you're seeing: When the traffic resumed, most of the ships docked in San Juan. But that doesn't necessarily mean relief supplies are making it to the island. The shipping traffic includes all kinds of ships — anything from cargo vessels to tankers, passenger boats or tug boats.
Since January, President Trump's disapproval rating has jumped in every state, with the increases ranging from 9.6% (Alabama) to 18.8% (Illinois).
Among states that Trump won, he is now above 50% disapproval in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Data: Morning Consult; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios
The United States has one of the worst rates of child hunger among high-income countries. A recent UNICEF analysis puts it in perspective: About 20% of American children live in food-insecure households, meaning they lack access to safe and nutritious foods.
The big picture: Child hunger is a worldwide problem, with some of the world's poorest countries in Africa reporting rates upwards of 70%. But among wealthy nations as defined by the World Bank, the United States has the fourth worst child hunger problem, followed only by Lithuania, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.
Note: Food insecurity data represents households with children under age 15 that lacked access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food in 2014-15; Data: UNICEF; World Bank; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios