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Problems of Ground-Based Missile Defense Systems

This graphic shows the rising cost of U.S. ground-based missile defense systems and the success/failure record of test launches. The accompanying story noted the system’s expense and the fact that one base in Alaska had to be closed because its … Continue reading

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U.S. Trade Deficit Rises Against China

This fever chart shows while the overall U.S. trade deficit fell $6.9 billion over seven years, the portion attributed to China rose to 80% from 37% during the same period. I took care to label the first and last amounts … Continue reading

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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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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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