If California were an independent country, it would have the fifth-largest economy in the world, with a gross domestic product of more than $2.7 trillion. The state recently surpassed the U.K., and is $700 billion behind Germany.
Republican candidates ran 12,864 political television advertisements from Jan. 1 through April 24 either mentioning or showing a photo of Hillary Clinton. Only eight Democratic ads mentioned Clinton.
More than half of NASA’s 17,000 employees are 50 years old or older, largely because of the space agency’s extremely low turnover rate. About 44 percent of NASA’s workers will be eligible to retire in the next five years.
The temperature reached 122.4 degrees in Pakistan on April 30—meteorologists say that’s the highest temperature ever reliably recorded for the month of April anywhere in the world.
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In April 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency removed an informational web page about climate change—a page that had been up, in some form, for nearly two decades under three presidents—saying the information was “being updated.” A year later, the page remains unavailable.
57% of Americans say the U.S. is on the right track, up from 49% who said so in February and the largest proportion to say so since 2007. Though Trump's overall approval rating has remained steady at 41%, his numbers on specific issues are climbing: 52% approve of the job he is doing on the economy. But by 56% to 37%, Americans say Barack Obama was a better president than Trump.