Hard Numbers: US Census bungle, US election workers afraid, Sweden ups defense spending, Oz beefs up army

Sign encouraging participation in the US Census in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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18.8 million: The 2020 US Census reportedly miscounted a whopping 18.8 million people. The miscount underrepresented people of color while overcounting whites. This raises questions about the Census numbers’ validity as a basis for reallocating congressional and state Electoral College votes.


20: That’s the percentage of US election workers who plan to leave their jobs before the 2024 presidential election. Many cited increased levels of harassment and intimidation.

2: Sweden will raise its defense spending to 2% of GDP — it’s currently spending 1.3% — as soon as possible in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine. “Sweden’s defense capability must be greatly strengthened,” said PM Magdalena Andersson.

80,000: Australia will up its standing army by one-third to almost 80,000 troops over the next two decades. The Aussies are a crucial US ally and members of the AUKUS and the Quad initiatives to counter China’s rise in the Indo-Pacific.
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