Monthly Archives: April 2013

How Obama Won the 2012 Election

This combination of maps and a bar chart showed which states, especially crucial swing states, supported President Obama on election day. David Evans helped me set up the sliding bar chart, which I constantly updated throughout the evening of the … Continue reading

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The Theoretical Physics of Sequestration

This graphic explains the complex formula used to adjust U.S. defense spending levels under sequestration. I worked closely with two defense analysts to chart the equation. We tried to break down the formula and make it as simple as possible … Continue reading

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The U.S. Needs More Icebreakers

A lack of icebreakers is hindering the U.S. Coast Guard in disaster response and monitoring Arctic waters. The need for more such specialized ships will increase as oil companies push for more permits to drill in northern seas.

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Why It’s Difficult to Cut the U.S. Defense Budget

This graphic shows the connections between the U.S. defense industry and influential members of Congress. In many cases, not only do major defense contractors contribute to election campaigns, they also maintain significant manufacturing, research, or other operations in the districts … Continue reading

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Mississippi River as Lifeline to Shipping

This graphic accompanied a story on the falling level of the Mississippi River and how it affects shipping. A map pinpoints a crucial area of the river and charts show efficiency of river transportation, the cost to various industries of … Continue reading

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Market Performed Better During Democratic Administrations

This graphic accompanied a story that compared economic conditions under both political parties. Using hypothetical but equal investments in the S&P 500, analysts calculated the market performed better under Democratic presidential administrations. Both the story and graphic were cited by … Continue reading

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Harley-Davidson’s 100th Anniversary

This is a full-page graphic created for a USA TODAY story on Harley-Davidson’s 100th anniversary. It contains information about the company’s history, its most popular motorcycles, how Harley engines make their signature sound, and how a motorcycle is assembled. I … Continue reading

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