March 2007

The Hispanic Quarter

With the U.S. population recently surpassing the 300 million mark, a growing chorus is calling for stricter controls on immigration from Mexico. But a closer look at the situation reveals that Mexican migrants in a way may be “reclaiming” territory that originally belonged to their home country. We wonder: Which of the following is true?

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CEOs and the Rest of Us

The pay packages received by top CEOs have increased all over the world recently, but especially so in the United States. Consequently, there is growing concern about the widening gap between top executives' pay and that of other workers. We wonder: How many working days does it take the average U.S. CEO at a large company to earn the same amount that the average U.S. worker does in an entire year? Approximately…

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The Iraq War in History

March 20, 2007 marked the beginning of the fifth year of the war in Iraq. We wonder: At this point, the United States' engagement in Iraq has lasted longer than its involvement in which of the following wars?

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Pressure Through the Pump

Venezuela's populist president, Hugo Chavez, recently decreed the takeover of projects run by foreign oil companies in his country. The move — which sparked talk in Washington of limiting Venezuela's access to the U.S. oil market, the world's largest — prompts us to wonder: How large are Venezuela's proven oil reserves? About as large as those of …

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