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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:
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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 »

Supreme Court Will Quickly Decide Census Question

Justices will decide by June whether citizenship query can be included

(Newser) - "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" The Supreme Court said Friday it would decide whether that politically volatile question can be added to the 2020 census, reports NPR . The court scheduled arguments for April in order to have a decision before census forms get printed in... More »

Judge Blocks White House From Adding Census Question

But issue of citizenship is likely headed to Supreme Court

(Newser) - A federal judge in New York has barred the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. US District Judge Jesse Furman said Tuesday that while such a question would be constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had added it arbitrarily and not followed proper procedure, per... More »

5 Richest Counties in US Have Something in Common

They're all around Washington, DC

(Newser) - New numbers from the US census show that the median household income for counties around the nation is $57,652, reports US News & World Report . Some counties, however, do far better than others. Witness the top five, which share a common trait: They're all around the DC area:... More »

17 States, 6 Cities, and DC Sue Over Census Change

'It's unlawful. It's unfair'

(Newser) - Seventeen states, the District of Columbia, and six cities sued the US government Tuesday, saying the addition of a citizenship question to the census form is unconstitutional, the AP reports. Federal funding and congressional representation are at stake in the dispute over the Trump administration's move to reinstate the... More »

Controversial Change Is Coming to 2020 Census

It will ask about citizenship for first time since 1950

(Newser) - Advocates say the change is simple common sense—but critics say it doesn't make a lot of sense to hold a census that won't accurately count the population. The Commerce Department has confirmed that the 2020 census will include a question about citizenship, a move that opponents warn... More »

Comey Wasn't Most Important Government Loss This Week

John Thompson, director of the US Census Bureau, resigned Tuesday

(Newser) - The federal government learned it was losing an important figure this week. No, not James Comey, but the director of the US Census Bureau. The resignation announcement of John Thompson was overshadowed by Comey's firing, but Wired argues there's good reason to care about it. A former Census... More »

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