Daily Digest: Stories from the census and wiretapping the net

Jessica Van Berkel

Daily Digest, Sept. 28 –

Americans’ income gap grew last year, with the divide between those below the poverty level and people making more than $100,000 increasing by .9 percent since 2008, the Associated Press reports. Those in the top earning bracket received 49.4 percent of all U.S. income. The wealthiest 5 percent of Americans has also continued to grow, and those making around $50,000 dropped, according to census data.

Marriage rates have declined among people 25 to 34 to the point where it is more common to never have been married. This is the first time in more than a century that the non-married population was greater, and follows a downward trend that’s been occuring for decades, the Wall Street Journal reports. In 2009, 46.3 percent of U.S. citizens had not been married compared to 44.9 percent who had, according to census data.

And a non-census story:

New regulations being crafted by federal security and law enforcement officials would allow wiretapping of e-mail and internet networking services, The New York Times reported. The officials are working on a bill that would allow them to intercept such communications, which they say leave a big gap in surveillance. The Obama Administration plans to submit the bill to lawmakers next year.