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Immigrants accounted for almost half of population growth in the U.S. from 2017 to 2018, according to new Census Bureau data, Axios' Stef Kight reports.
Immigration could help mitigate the negative impact of falling birth rates.
The big picture: 9% of the nation's counties grew due to immigration rather than more births than deaths — including counties that contain most of San Francisco, Houston and Boston, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
The outpouring of aid that once greeted Central American migrants as they trekked in caravans through southern Mexico has been drying up, AP reports:
Members of the October caravan received food and shelter from town governments, churches and passers-by. Truck drivers stopped to give them a lift.
Existing U.S. tech hubs are not only holding on to their imprimatur as primary magnets of top tech talent, but increasing it, persuading the best candidates to take jobs and stay put, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.
Mere morsels of satellite offices or data centers are parceled out elsewhere.
New data from Indeed, the jobs site, shows that Silicon Valley's share of tech jobs actually increased by 10% from 2017 to 2018. Austin's share grew by 9%.
Above, Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican.
Below, Jewish community members read prayers during the traditional burning of chametz, or leavened foods, before the start of Passover on Friday in L.A.
"A series of coordinated bombings ripped across Sri Lanka," an island nation off the southern tip of India, "striking hotels and churches, killing almost 200 people," the N.Y. Times reports.
"For the first time in decades, capitalism’s future is a subject of debate among presidential hopefuls and a source of growing angst for America’s business elite," the WashPost's Greg Jaffe writes from Palo Alto.
A hot book at Harvard Business School: "Winners Take All," by Anand Giridharadas, a journalist and former McKinsey consultant.
Go deeper: Axios' Steve LeVine, "A reckoning for capitalism."
FORTUNE's 6th annual list of the World's Greatest Leaders is the home of the brave — thinkers, speakers, and doers make bold choices and take big risks:
1. Bill and Melinda Gates ("Transforming Life for Billions")
2. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
4. Tencent founder and CEO Pony Ma
5. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
6. Greta Thunberg, Swedish student and climate activist
7. Margrethe Vestager, European Union competition commissioner
9. José Andrés, chef and CEO, World Central Kitchen
10. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and Lisa Woods, Walmart senior director specializing in healthcare design
14. Apple CEO Tim Cook
18. The Pink Wave: 42 newly elected women in Congress
Podcasts are wasting our time, pop music critic Chris Richards writes on the cover of the WashPost's Arts & Style section:
I think they’re tedious and samey and sedative, and when I’m feeling especially cranky, I consider them an enemy of music. ...
Forget the lousy microphones and the dinky interstitial stock music — the thing that derails most podcasts is the blab. There are two kinds, more or less.
The first is that soft, inquisitive staccato popularized by Ira Glass on “This American Life,” the source from which so much pod-voice appears to have sprung. The second mode is performative in a different way, and you hear it on most round-table podcasts — a tone that people use at parties when they want to be heard by people that they aren’t necessarily talking to.
And it’s pretty much one or the other. Be podcasted to in a cozy, overly considered way, or be podcasted at in a hastier, less-considered way.
Baseball is stuck in a debate over on-field decorum, and Major League Baseball's marketers have taken up arms against the old school, AP's Jake Seiner writes:
"LET THE KIDS PLAY," proclaimed @Cut4 (965,000 followers), MLB's offbeat social-media arm, when Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson spiked his bat and yelled toward teammates after a homer on Wednesday.
The game's rules haven't caught up with the league's marketing strategy: Both were ejected from the game, and suspended by the league Friday.
Eating used to occupy distinct periods of time. But now everything is rushed and informal, and real meals are scarce, Bee Wilson writes for The Financial Times (subscription):
"Sliced bread was only the start":
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