3: The number of challengers who have already declared they are running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat currently held by Trey Hollingsworth (R) in Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District: Dan Canon, Tod Curtis, and Tom Pappas will be competing in the 2018 Democratic Primary. (Gannet; Courier-Journal)
18: The number of states suing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education regarding changes to student loan forgiveness rules for fraudulent courses and degrees. The District of Columbia has also joined the suit. (New York Times)
~25: Approximately 25 percent of African-Americans of voting-age do not have government-issued voter IDs compared to about eight percent of white Americans of voting-age. (Pod Save America, The Brennan Center, the American Civil Liberties Union.)
33: 33 countries in the world are facing extreme water stress and shortages by 2040, just 23 years from now. (The Economist; World Resources Institute)
45.7: As of 2015, the percentage of private-sector employers in the United States who offer health insurance benefits to their employees was 45.7 percent. (Kaiser Family Foundation)
80: Hormel’s “spiced ham” concoction, Spam, turned 80 years old this week. (APM Marketplace; The Independent)
488: There are 488 days until the November mid-term election in 2018 in the U.S.
1,216: There are 1,216 days until the General (Presidential) Election in November 2020 in the U.S.
>2,000: More than 2,000 people have died so far this year while trying to cross the sea from Africa to Europe in an attempt to escape war, famine, and poverty in their home countries. (BBC; Amnesty International)