U.S. Census Reveals Some Very Surprising Changes

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The U.S. population has grown just 9.7% since 2000, the slowest rate since the Great Depression.

The U.S. Senate has approved a temporary spending bill that will keep the government open for business through March 4th.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak gathered his national security leaders for strategic talks as troops braced for possible North Korean retaliation a day after conducting artillery drills on an island the North bombed last month.

Jimmy Carter says that Brazil was right to recognize Palestinian statehood.

Syrian officials believe that Israel was behind the assassination of a top military official responsible for contacts with Hezbollah and for the country’s nuclear program, according to a cable sent from the U.S. embassy to Washington just two days after the attack and released Tuesday by WikiLeaks.

In the event of war with Israel, Syria’s regime under Bashar Assad would collapse, the Israeli Military Intelligence chief apparently told the U.S. ambassador to Israel in 2007.

China and Russia will hold their first joint naval exercise next year in the northern part of the East Sea.

U.S. stocks rose modestly Tuesday but managed to close at their highest levels in more than two years as investors set their sights on 2011.

California, which faces a $19 billion budget deficit next year, has a credit rating approaching junk status.

State and local borrowing as a percentage of U.S. GDP has risen to an all-time high of 22 percent in 2010.

Meredith Whitney, a financial analyst who runs her own consulting firm and correctly predicted the major debt fallout of Citigroup, warned in a little-reported on interview Sunday that as many as 100 U.S. cities face default on their municipal bonds.

In fact, Whitney is warning that the coming municipal bond crash could cause social unrest as governments are forced lay off workers and cut back on services.

It is now being projected that the state of Illinois has a 21% chance of defaulting.

The state of Connecticut is facing an absolutely horrific pension crisis.

Health insurance companies trying to bump up rates by more than 10 percent will have to answer to federal regulators, according to a new plan announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday.

Since 1982, the cost of medical care in the United States has gone up over 200%, which is horrific, but that is nothing compared to the cost of college tuition which has gone up by more than 400%.

In a bold statement underscoring the precarious state of the nation’s mortgage market, 52 industry executives sent an “open letter” to the government’s top six money managers.

Over the past year the number of Americans that are optimistic about the economy has declined dramatically.

Moody’s is warning that it may have to downgrade Portugal’s bonds.

It is being reported that France risks losing its top AAA grade as Europe’s debt crisis prompts a wave of downgrades that threatens to engulf the region’s highest-rated borrowers, with Belgium also facing a possible cut.

Will the EU begin issuing bonds soon?

$6.5 trillion in corporate bond issues are maturing in 2011 and 2012 globally.

U.S. and EU officials are hoping to construct an 800-million-citizen-strong market with converging regulatory regimes whose standards will set the benchmark for product rules the world over.

More than 90% of U.S. homeowners do not fight their foreclosures in court.

Is JPMorgan shifting their silver shorts to offshore banks?

Are the Chinese playing grandmaster chess against an amateur America that can’t see beyond the second move?

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed along the Southwestern border last week.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says that the new threat that we are facing is from American citizens.

In the Washington D.C. area, Metro Police started randomly inspecting bags at the Braddock Road and College Park Metro stations Tuesday.

The FBI is assembling a massive database on thousands of Americans, many of whom have not been accused of any crime, the Washington Post’s Dana Priest and William Arkin report.

Will a new plan turn postal delivery vehicles into high-tech data collection gatherers?

Two people were killed and 41 injured in an explosion next to a Kampala-bound bus in downtown Nairobi on Monday night.

A divided Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules meant to prohibit broadband companies from interfering with Internet traffic flowing to their customers.

The Department of Homeland Security has seized more than 80 domain names since November – shutting down websites it alleges have been trafficking in counterfeit goods.

An environmental group that analyzed drinking water samples in 35 cities across the United States, including Bethesda and Washington, found that 31 of them contained hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen that was made famous by the film “Erin Brockovich”.

Chinese officials have vowed to ramp-up efforts to control the weather, announcing on Thursday that they intend to try to use technology to reduce natural disasters and combat droughts.

The United States has been attempting to bully the EU into accepting genetically-modified crops.

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake off the coast of Japan early Wednesday triggered a tsunami warning for a group of remote islands and an advisory for the southern region of the country, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.

A storm pounding California with record rain forced authorities in the San Joaquin Valley to order 2,000 residents to evacuate the farming community of McFarland due to major flooding.

In the UK, nearly 200 swine flu victims are currently fighting for their lives.

The Obama administration has declared that the field of synthetic biology poses only “limited risks” and should not be restricted.

More Islamic students than ever are enrolling at Catholic universities in the United States.

Ten members of an Iranian home fellowship who had gathered together to worship and study the Word of God were arrested by security officers who entered the house, seizing every member of the church.

Religious leaders across different faiths joined together with Open Doors, a ministry that serves persecuted Christians around the world, on Monday to call attention to the systematic “extermination” of Iraqi Christians.

A new survey has found that 54 percent of “evangelical Protestants” believe that people from religions other than Christianity can get into heaven.

Lastly, the BBC has angered Christians with a TV drama in which the Virgin Mary is portrayed as a prostitute and sex cheat.

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