Morning Belz, April 27
China set to report first population decline since 1949 — FT
A real femme fatale in Miami — Local 10
U.S. military commanders beg spies to declassify more info — Politico*
83-yr-old Portland book store closes for good — KOIN
A half-hour of John McWhorter on race — Unherd
Biden raises minimum wage for fed contractors to $15 — Reuters
Autonomous cars: farther away than we thought — Verge
How Rodney King (the person) fared after his beating — Vanity Fair
*so they can use it to make our rivals look bad.
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