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    :: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 ::

    Conflicting Guesses on Who Will Be 300 Millionth American - WSJ.com
    When America reached the 200 million mark in 1967, President Lyndon Johnson stood in front of the 'census clock' as 500 spectators looked on. But don't expect any official fanfare this time around. President Bush has no events planned, and the Census Bureau has only issued a sparse press release on the occasion. 'We are not in the business of celebrating,' says Census spokesman Mark Tolbert.

    The contrast between 1967 and the 'subdued approach' of 2006 shows how much the social and political climates have changed, writes Haya El Nasser in USA Today, which offers a neat interactive map of population milestones. 'There is no way that you can talk about our arrival at 300 million without pointing to the fact that immigration is such a heavy component of the annual growth,' says Jacob Siegel, a retired Census statistician who worked for the agency in 1967. 'There's no political advantage in getting in this hot issue.'
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