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Census Day Is Here

Bureau says it is 'laser-focused' on completing count

(Newser) - Census Day—the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count—arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. The virus' spread has forced the US Census Bureau... More »

Census Wants to Know: Who Is 'Person 1' in House?

The AP points out possibility for odd conversations

(Newser) - The 2020 census will not have a controversial citizenship question . But as the AP points out, it will have one with the potential to cause awkward—or maybe funny—conversations. Who is "Person 1" in the household? The form itself tries to go about it in the least controversial... More »

Challenging Census Begins Tuesday On the Bering Sea

Terrain and language barriers complicate the count in Alaskan village

(Newser) - There are no restaurants in Toksook Bay, Alaska. No motels or factories. Or roads, even. But the first Americans to be counted in the 2020 census live in this tiny community of 661, at last count, on the edge of the American expanse. Their homes are huddled in a windswept... More »

House Panel Sues Barr and Ross

Over census documents

(Newser) - The House Oversight Committee sued two top Trump administration officials Tuesday for refusing to produce documents related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the AP reports. The panel’s chairwoman, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, said Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross... More »

Expecting a 'Full' Census in Your State? Uh, About That

The once-in-a-decade count begins in January

(Newser) - With billions in federal aid and seats in Congress at stake, some states are dragging their feet in carrying out one of the Census Bureau's chief recommendations for making sure everyone is counted during the 2020 census, the AP reports. Five states—Florida, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Texas—... More »

Court Looks Ready to Give Trump Wish on Immigrants

But we won't know fate of DACA for sure until the spring

(Newser) - It's a big day for Dreamers—the nickname given to young US immigrants brought here illegally by their parents. The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on whether the Trump administration can end an Obama-era program that protects the immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally. No... More »

Judge Formally Bans Citizenship Question From 2020 Census

Dispute is over, for now

(Newser) - A judge formally banned the citizenship question from the 2020 census Tuesday, days after President Trump announced his administration would no longer seek to add it. Judge Jesse Furman signed an order Tuesday after New York State Attorney General Letitia James and the American Civil Liberties Union told him in... More »

In One Way, Census Chaos Worked Out for Trump

No citizenship question, but immigrants may not want to fill out the form anyway now

(Newser) - President Trump surprised backers and critics alike on Thursday when he announced that he would not push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census after all. Here's a quick look at how the move is being received:
  • Stunned: Axios reports that leaders in the conservative legal community (the
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Trump Hints at Big Move on Census Question

Reports predict president will announce executive action Thursday afternoon

(Newser) - If a slew of reports are correct, President Trump is about to make an aggressive move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But for now, the only thing known for certain is that Trump plans to talk about the issue at an afternoon news conference—and there'... More »

Barr: We Found a Way to Ask Census Question

'The president is right on the legal grounds'

(Newser) - Attorney General William Barr says the administration has found "a pathway" for adding a controversial question on citizenship to the 2020 census despite a Supreme Court ruling against it. Barr said Monday that people will "see what approach we're taking" in the next day or two, the... More »

Justice Department Makes a Change on Census Team

Legal team fighting for citizenship question will get some changes

(Newser) - The Justice Department is shaking up the legal team fighting for the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census but offered no specifics on why the change was being made, the AP reports. The change announced Sunday comes days after the department vowed to continue to try to... More »

Trump Floats New Idea on Census Question

Suggests citizenship query could be a printed as an addendum

(Newser) - The idea of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census is currently in limbo, but President Trump says administration lawyers have "four or five" possible ways to still make it happen, reports USA Today . One of them is to print an addendum to the census, which would be... More »

Trump May Make Aggressive Move on Census Question

Axios reports that an executive order to add citizenship question is being considered

(Newser) - Whether the 2020 census will include a question about citizenship remains very much in limbo, but President Trump reiterated Thursday that he still wants to make it happen, reports the Hill . "So important for our Country that the very simple and basic 'Are you a Citizen of the... More »

Justice Department Confirms: No Citizenship Question

Census is moving forward without it

(Newser) - The Justice Department says the 2020 Census is moving ahead without a question about citizenship, the AP reports. Kristen Clarke, an attorney for a civil rights group that helped fight the addition of the question, says Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits that the printing of the hundreds of... More »

Trump Responds to 'Ridiculous' Census Ruling

POTUS suggests delaying census

(Newser) - President Trump has weighed in on the Supreme Court's decision on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and, not surprisingly, he is not pleased. The high court blocked the addition of the question, for now, because it didn't find the White House's argument justified adding... More »

John Roberts Joins Liberals in Big Census Ruling

Justices say Trump administration's explanation isn't good enough

(Newser) - If the Trump administration wants to add a controversial US citizenship question to the 2020 census, it will have to hustle. The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the current bid to add the question, saying the administration's explanation for why it's necessary just isn't good enough, reports... More »

Contempt Vote Delayed After Trump Asserts Privilege

At issue are subpoenaed census documents

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Tuesday warned of the move, and on Wednesday it came to pass. President Trump has exerted executive privilege over documents related to his administration's addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Hill reports those documents include drafts of a letter penned by... More »

Dead Man's Hard Drives Add Surprise Census Wrinkle

Critics say GOP strategist's work shows citizenship question is about helping Republicans

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is expected to rule in a matter of weeks on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Now, however, a new wrinkle has emerged on the whole issue in an unusual way—via the hard drives of a deceased Republican strategist.... More »

As Officials Prep 2 Versions of Census, Trump Tweets Angrily

It will be 'meaningless' without citizenship question, POTUS says

(Newser) - One year out from the start of the 2020 census, Census Bureau officials set out Monday to demonstrate the importance of the head count for all Americans. President Trump offered a different message, saying the count will be "meaningless" if it doesn't include a citizenship question, the AP... More »

Turns Out Census Data Isn't That Safe

Internal Census Bureau team finds a vulnerability

(Newser) - An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location, race, and ethnicity for 138... More »

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