Numbers: Jun. 19, 2006

$50 million Estimated value of trips taken by members of Congress and their aides and paid for by private groups from 2000 through mid-2005

$31,171 Value of the priciest trip--a London sojourn for Virginia Republican Thomas Billey Jr., courtesy of Brown & Williamson Tobacco

444% Increase in the number of cosmetic procedures--such as Botox injections--performed in the U.S. from 1997 to 2005

$12.4 billion Amount Americans spent on such work in 2005

73% Proportion of white people in New Orleans, up from 59% pre-Katrina. The black population fell from 37% to 22%

$3,654 Post-Katrina rise in the city's median income, to...

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