High inflation and efforts to tame it defined 2022 economy

At times, it felt like the 1970s or early ’80s. Inflation running rampant. The United States and its European allies engaged in a not-so-Cold War with Russia. A bleak outlook leaving people feeling sour and anxious. It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this.

International migration drove US population growth in 2022

The U.S. population expanded by 1.2 million people this year, with growth largely driven by international migration, and the nation now has 333.2 million residents, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Pro-oil petition drive in California under question

Last week, a campaign seeking a referendum on a new oil well setback law announced it had gathered nearly 1 million signatures, well over the approximately 630,000 needed to qualify the measure for the 2024 statewide election.

California reparations task force meets to talk eligibility

The first-in-the-nation task force previously voted to limit reparations to Black California residents whose ancestors were living in the United States in the 19th century. This week, the group will talk about whether there could be additional eligibility requirements and what time frame reparations could hinge on.