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The declines mostly are a reflection of historically low fertility rates, which have been below the replacement rate of two children per woman since 2010. Births increased in only a handful of states in 2021.

Thirty-five states have fewer children than they did five years ago, a situation caused by declining birth rates nationwide, but also by young families migrating across state borders in search of cheaper housing. Read more»

Still refusing to accept the results of an election he lost, Trump made numerous false claims about how the 2020 presidential election was 'rigged.'

Former President Donald Trump’s town hall event felt like a lightning round of false and misleading claims — most of which we’ve heard before - on voter fraud, immigration, classified documents and more. Read more»

The debt ceiling is the legal amount of money the U.S. can use to pay the nation’s creditors. If Congress fails to raise the limit, the U.S. will default on its bills.

U.S. House Republicans have requested more than $10 billion in earmarks to be included in next year’s appropriations bills, despite demanding massive spending cuts as a contingent for raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Read more»

Many migrants won’t be eligible for asylum under the new rules, and others who are caught crossing illegally could be deported under Title 8 and face tougher consequences, including a five-year ban on re-entry and criminal prosecution.

Migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border without first seeking protection in a country they passed through – or without first applying online – will largely be denied asylum under a new immigration order that’s set to go into effect when Title 42 expires. Read more»

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in Nogales, Ariz., in March.

As Title 42 ends, the Biden administration announced a rule Wednesday that drastically restricts asylum claims by migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, prompting sharp criticism from immigration advocates and civil rights groups. Read more»

Border Patrol agents used Title 42 to transport migrants found near Sasabe back to the U.S.-Mexico border, in this photo from March 2020, the early days of the order. More than 1.7 million people have since been turned back under Title 42, which is now set to expire on May 23.

A pandemic-era measure that allowed for the swift expulsion of millions of migrants at the Southwest border is set to end Thursday, and the Biden administration and state officials across the U.S. are bracing for a potential increase in asylum seekers. Read more»

The Navajo Nation was hit by severe winter storms in January that caused heavy snow, flooding and mud.

Climatologists say years of worsening conditions across the West will take far more than this winter's storms to recuperate, and about 25% of the West still remains in drought — compared to 74% at the start of the water year this past October. Read more»

Chief Justice John Roberts has previously said it is not necessary for the Supreme Court to adopt a formal code of ethical standards, pointing to a 2011 year-end review in which the high court concluded that, while lower courts used such a framework, the Supreme Court could not be held to the same standard.

A group of congressional Democrats asked a billionaire real estate developer Monday to get specific about big-ticket gifts he has given Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, as lawmakers investigate the jurist’s ethical conduct. Read more»

Despite claiming repeatedly in recent years that Carroll was 'not my type,' Trump mistook her in the photo for his second wife, Marla Maples.

A jury of New Yorkers took less than three hours to find Donald Trump liable Tuesday on counts of battery and defamation, in a stunning end to the former president's federal trial on civil claims that he raped writer E. Jean Carroll in 1996. Read more»

An Arizona National Guard soldier tests a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation for COVID-19 in Santa Rosa in August, 2020.

May 11 will mark the end of the federal public health emergency for COVID-19, bringing changes to health care and public benefits, including changes in the cost of COVID-19 tests and treatments and the potential loss of access to free COVID-19 vaccines for people who are uninsured. Read more»

Without the banking deregulation law signed by President Donald Trump in 2018, a 2019 tailoring rule that followed the law, and related rulemaking, Silicon Valley Bank would have had to meet additional risk requirements, the Fed report explained.

New banking regulations proposed by federal watchdogs don’t go far enough in countering potential problems, but could help lower bank fees and calm financial markets and nerves, leading to a more stable financial system, according to some economists. Read more»

The light-colored exposed 'bathtub ring' of formerly submerged shoreline in Lake Mead was already evident in this 2020 photo of the Hoover Dam and diminishing reservoir behind it.

The purchase of Vidler Water Company by D.R. Horton is a clear indication of where the West is headed, as the need grows to find creative new water supplies that will allow national builders to keep building even as regulators try to clamp down on unsustainable growth. Read more»

With Title 42 set to expire this week, eliminating a pandemic-era policy that fast tracked migrant expulsions, Gov. Katie Hobbs vowed to partner with local officials while counting on federal aid programs to ease the expected strain on border communities. Read more»

Migrants gather in an informal camp in El Paso, north of the Rio Grande and south of the border wall near Gate 40, on Friday, May 5.

As Title 42 enters what is supposed to be its final week, migrants waiting in Juárez for an opportunity to enter the United States have lost much of their hope that the end of the pandemic-era policy will make reaching their destination any easier. Read more»

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky speaks during a COVID-19 response press briefing about new studies on the effectiveness of booster shots against the omicron variant on Jan. 21, 2022.

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is stepping down at the end of June after 2½ tumultuous years leading the nation’s primary public health agency — and much of the Biden administration’s effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more»

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