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Perspective: Five facts

52%

of Americans say they do not have a preference about how they are greeted in stores during the holiday season, that "Happy Holidays" is fine as is "Merry Christmas," according to a Pew Research survey; 32 percent still prefer "Merry Christmas."

About ľ

of women between 45 and 64 years old are caring for an older relative, according to the American Time Use Survey.

$82 billion

is how much airlines have made this year from passenger fees and other ancillary revenue such as payments from partners like credit card companies and hotels.

8 in 10

Americans will pay lower taxes next year, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Centerís analysis of the Republican tax bill, which passed last week. "Next year" is the key phrase as those numbers change down the road.

Seven miles

is the distance from the White House to the heavily Latino neighborhood of Langley Park, which is menaced by the international street gang MS-13, which traffics in drug dealing, prostitution, robbery, extortion and murder.