6 Political Truths About 50+ Americans

Americans are more divided along ideological lines — and animosity between Democrats and Republicans is deeper and more extensive — than at any time in the past 20 years, a new report from the Pew Research Center shows. As part of a yearlong study of political polarization in the United States, Pew conducted the largest political survey in its history, polling more than 10,000 adults from Jan. 23 to March 16. It’s a mother lode of age-segmented data on the political attitudes …

Are Those Fun Online Quizzes Invading Your Privacy?

What city should you live in? Which Love Boat character are you? What superpower should you have? Fun quizzes are all the rage online these days. Buzzfeed (which says I should live in Portland, Ore.) is leading the charge, but even the scholarly Pew Research Center (“How Millennial Are You?) and the New York Times (“How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk) have a hand in the fad. The exercises are addictive, shareable, entertaining. So what’s not to like? Here’s …

Stop the Sequester (Wait … What’s a Sequester?)

The major budget cuts looming on March 1 are a bad idea, whether you know much about them or not. That’s one takeaway from a new poll by the Pew Research Center and USA Today on issues that are likely to dominate the political landscape this year. By a 9 point margin (49 to 40 percent), those polled favored finding a way around the $85 billion in spending cuts scheduled for military and most domestic programs — known in Washington …

Move Over, Kids: AARP Members Are Taking Over the Internet

As if we needed much confirmation. You take us to task on our Facebook page; you Tweet us links to your blogs; you’re repinning our pins. Every day, you tell us how you spent time learning a new gadget, or asked someone a little younger to show you how. Every day, you spend more money online than any other demographic. You’re playing Words With Friends, you’re selling your used fishing rods on Craigslist, and you’re starting new jobs with a …