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2010 U.S. Census Shows Slowest Population Growth in 70 Years

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

2010 U.S. Census Shows Slowest Population Growth in 70 YearsNow that the long-awaited data from the 2010 Census has been published, the states are learning which places will gain congressional seats and precious electoral votes — a circumstance that could impact the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.  The U.S. Constitution requires a census count every 10 years to accurately reflect population shifts in the nation and determine congressional reapportionment as the states divide the House of Representatives’ 435 seats.  Inevitably, Democrats and Republicans will squabble over redistricting as states gaining or losing seats draw new districts.

“Many of the population increases are expected in Republican-leaning states in the South and West, while traditional strongholds of the Democrats in the North and Midwest are expected to lose population,” noted Keating Holland, CNN’s polling director.  Additionally, because Republicans in several states took control of the legislatures from Democrats in the mid-term elections, they will have significant control over how the districts are redrawn.

Ohio and New York each will lose two Congressional seats.  Poised to lose a single seat are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  California will retain its 53 Congressional seats – the largest in the nation.  States that will pick up seats include Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau,  the data gleaned will “directly affect how more than $4 trillion is allocated to state, local and tribal governments over the next 10 years.”  If preliminary estimates hold true, the 2010 census will reveal that America’s population growth fell to its lowest level in 70 years. Demographers believe the official 2010 count will be approximately 308.7 million, putting U.S. growth at nine percent, the slowest growth since the 1940 census.  During that decade, the Great Depression slashed previous population growth rate by more than half, to 7.3 percent.  The U.S. is still growing quickly relative to other developed nations.  The population in France and England each increased approximately five percent over the past decade; Japan’s population is largely unchanged and Germany’s population is declining.  China grew at about six percent; Canada’s growth rate is more or less 10 percent.

Legendary Political Commentator Dan Schorr Dies at Age 93

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

The radio airwaves lose a commanding presence with the passing of legendary broadcaster Dan Schorr.  Legendary newscaster and elder statesman of political commentary Daniel Schorr died recently at age 93 following a brief illness.  Schorr, who spent the last 25 years of his long career as a senior news analyst with National Public Radio (NPR), aired his final broadcast on Saturday, July 10.  A journalist for more than 60 years, Schorr was the last active member of Edward R. Murrow’s “Boys”, a group of journalists who worked at CBS News in the 1940s and 1950s.  He joined NPR in 1985 and gave regular commentaries on the “Weekend Edition” and “Week in Review” programs.

Scott Simon, host of “Weekend Edition”, said “Nobody else in broadcast journalism – or perhaps in any field – had as much experience and wisdom” as Schorr.  “I’m just glad that, after being known for so many years as a tough and uncompromising journalist, NPR listeners also got to know the Dan Schorr that was playful, funny and kind.  In a business that’s known for burning out people, Dan Schorr shined for nearly a century.”

Schorr was famous for his straightforward coverage of the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s and even discovered his name on President Richard Nixon’s infamous “enemies” list.  “He lived through so many years of history, and he put that to the service of his commentaries,” said Geoffrey Cowan, dean emeritus of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.  “He never lost his edge.  He was also outspoken and independent.”

In 1975, New York magazine called Schorr the “great abrasive” for his pointed coverage of the House Intelligence Committee hearings on covert CIA operations, including assassination plots.  Schorr had been given a copy of the intelligence committee’s draft report and reported some of the contents on the CBS Sunday News – the only journalist to do so.  When CBS refused to back Schorr, he offered the full report to the Village Voice, which published a 24-page special section headlined “The Report on the CIA that President Ford Doesn’t Want You to Read.”  The bold move prompted CBS to demand that Schorr resign, giving him time to write the book “Clearing the Air” before he was hired by a very new 24-hour broadcast operation called CNN.

When Schorr was approaching age 70, NPR asked him to become a commentator, a post that he held until his death.  Schorr says that NPR “accorded some of the respect of an elder statesman” and he became renowned for putting current events into historical context.