Politics

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US reports lowest population growth rate since the 1930s
 The Census Bureau acting director Ron Jarmin announced the census data collected to represent the population statistics as of April 1, 2020, on Monday afternoon.  According to the data, the total population stood at 331,449,281 citizens, showing the second slowest increase in history since the Great Depression in the 1930s.
 
California right vehicle emissions
 "The 2019 decision to revoke the state’s waiver to enforce its greenhouse gas pollution standards for cars and trucks was legally dubious and an attack on the public’s health and wellbeing," the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said.  Under the Trump administration, the regulators had said that California cannot go beyond the federal government in establishing rules on automobile emissions.
 
Governor recall in CA
 A campaign to recall CA Governor Gavin Newsom has officially qualified for the ballot, state officials said.  Recall organizers collected 1,626,042 signatures on their petition, more than the approximate 1.5 million required.
 
NBC News reported a 53% approval rating for Biden
President Biden's approval ratings roll in as the government approaches 100 days in office on April 30, 2021. Surveys conducted by Fox News and NBC News reported 58% and 69% public approval for Biden for his approach in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Biden’s genocide declaration draws reaction
 President Joe Biden on Saturday became the first US president to recognize the killing of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks more than a century ago as genocide.  The killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians took place starting in 1915 when they were deported to the Syrian desert.
 
Caitlyn Jenner announces run for California governor
 Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympian athlete, transgender activist, and reality TV star has announced her intention to run for California governor.  The current California governor, Gavin Newsom, has been criticized for his handling of the pandemic; a recall election is likely to be confirmed due to a state-wide petition against him.
 
Senate passes hate crimes bill
 The bill will address violence and discrimination directed at Asian-Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure will expedite hate crime reviews and provide support for local law enforcement.
 
Biden backtracks on immigration cap
On Friday, Biden signed an emergency determination to accelerate refugee admission into the US, keeping the 15,000 refugee cap instated by his predecessor. The refugee cap faced opposition in light of Biden's initial pledge in February to increase the cap to 62,500.
 
Oath Keeper first to plead guilty in Capitol riot
Jon Schaffer, 53, pleaded guilty on two counts: felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding; entering and remaining in a restricted building/grounds with a dangerous weapon. The first plea, 100 days after the Capitol attack, came as more than 400 rioters have been arrested across the US.
 
Raul ends Castro regime in Cuba
Raul Castro said he is resigning as head of Cuba's Communist Party. This signals the end of an era of formal leadership he and his brother Fidel Castro began with the 1959 revolution.