White House, Obama's final year in office.

The New York Times Upshot staff of researchers and columnists looked at a few of the noteworthy silver lining stories in the State of the Union at present.

As much as there is to be negative about, these five data points speak to progress with even more room for improvement. The post notes:

Our take? Things are pretty good. We offer a few indicators that give us reason to be optimistic, though, as with most things, there are always caveats.

Let's look at the numbers.

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