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China province seeks to ease ‘one-child’ policy

China’s most populous province has asked for permission to ease the one-child policy after more than 30 years, an official said Tuesday, as concerns grow over gender imbalances and an ageing population. Guangdong in southern China wants Beijing to allow couples where just one parent is an only child to…

‘Who’s going to shoot Obama?’ GOP Rep. asked at town hall

At a recent town hall meeting with constituents, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) fielded a frightening question: “Who’s going to shoot Obama?” That’s not an exact quote from the unnamed questioner, but it is how local reporter Blake Aued scrawled it down. Aued was also able to confirm the wording of…

US electoral map gives Hispanics more heft: study

The new electoral map that emerged from the 2010 US census favors Hispanics, the largest US minority group, as some states in which they live will win more representation in Congress, a study found Wednesday. States with growing populations such as Texas and Florida will pick up extra congressional seats,…

2010 census to show slowing US growth, GOP gains

2010 census expected to show slowing US population growth, gain in House seats for GOP states If government estimates hold true, the closely watched 2010 census will show America’s once-torrid population growth dropping to its lowest level in seven decades. In Congress, the steady migration to the South and West…

2010 census bad news for Obama?

The 2010 census report coming out Tuesday will include a boatload of good political news for Republicans and grim data for Democrats hoping to re-elect President Barack Obama and rebound from last month’s devastating elections. The population continues to shift from Democratic-leaning Rust Belt states to Republican-leaning Sun Belt states,…

2010 election victors will get to redraw US political map

President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies and Republican foes are battling over a once-in-a-decade prize in November mid-term elections: power to literally redraw the US political map. Each US state gets two senators, but the 435 full members of the House of Representatives are divided among the 50 states depending on…

New claims for unemployment aid reach 484K

New applications for jobless benefits rise to highest since February as layoffs continue The employment picture is looking bleaker as applications for jobless benefits rose last week to the highest level in almost six months. It’s a sign that hiring is weak and employers are still cutting their staffs. First-time…

Attacks on census workers nearly triple since 2000

More than 500 incidents reported, up from 180 in 2000 WASHINGTON — More Americans chose to participate in this year’s US census than in the 2000 survey, but workers going door-to-door to follow up have also faced more harassment, a US official said Wednesday. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said…

Sensational census reports outdo wacky SNL sketches

Saturday Night Live sketches about wacky encounters with census workers don’t seem as bizarre as some of the headlines floating across the web this week. The latest episode of NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series contained a bit where former cast member Tina Fey attempted to get some simple census questions…

CNN’s right-wing pundit retracts call for Steele’s resignation

April has been a rough month for CNN’s new right-wing commentator Erick Erickson. A media frenzy circled around his warning that if census workers showed up at his door he would scare them off with a shotgun. The latest tricky situation emerged Monday after Erickson called for the removal of…

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