Tag: Census Bureau

Your Data Were ‘Anonymized’? These Scientists Can Still Identify You

Your medical records might be used for scientific research. But don’t worry, you’re told — personally identifying data were removed. Information about you gathered by the Census Bureau might be made public. But don’t worry — it, too, has been “anonymized.” On Tuesday, scientists showed that all this information may not be as anonymous as […]

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The Long History of the U.S. Government Asking Americans Whether They Are Citizens

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ordered the Census Bureau to attach a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, the first argument he used to back up his decision was also the simplest: We’ve always asked. The question has been “a longstanding historical practice,” he wrote, “asked in some form or another for nearly 200 […]

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Barr Says Legal Path to Census Citizenship Question Exists, but He Gives No Details

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr began working to find a way to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census just after the Supreme Court blocked its inclusion last month, Mr. Barr said on Monday, adding that he believes that the administration can find a legal path to incorporating […]

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Now Let’s Get the Census Count Right

Among fans of representative democracy, there was a collective sigh of relief this week when the Trump administration finally dropped its push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. No matter that the Supreme Court ruling that compelled this retreat objected not to the administration’s quest to undermine the fairness and accuracy of […]

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Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts Are Worried About the 2020 Census

In the run-up to the 2020 census, the government has embraced technology as never before, hoping to halt the ballooning cost of the decennial head count. For the first time, households will have the option of responding online, and field workers going door to door will be equipped with smartphones to log the information they […]

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The Supreme Court Isn’t as Naïve as Trump Hoped

The Supreme Court affirmed a basic rule of the operation of government on Thursday: Federal agencies have to give believable reasons for the actions they take. The justices applied that rule to stop the Trump administration, at least for now, from wrecking the 2020 census. The decision in Department of Commerce v. New York shouldn’t […]

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In the Census Case, a Rebuke of Bad-Faith Government

In a win for good government, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to give its full imprimatur to the Trump administration’s irresponsible decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census form. The nuanced ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts noted that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the citizenship question “was […]

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Supreme Court Leaves Census Question on Citizenship in Doubt

WASHINGTON — In a setback for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Thursday sent back to a lower court a case on whether the census should contain a citizenship question, leaving in doubt whether the question would be on the 2020 census. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said the […]

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Reopened Legal Challenge to Census Citizenship Question Throws Case Into Chaos

The battle over whether to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census was thrown into turmoil on Tuesday, just as the Supreme Court was expected to issue a ruling on the dispute this week. By allowing a district judge to reopen a case related to the origin of the citizenship question, a federal appeals […]

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Official’s Testimony Adds to Rancor Around Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON — A Commerce Department official considering whether the 2020 census should include a citizenship question told congressional aides that he consulted with a professor who argued that the addition was necessary to exclude undocumented immigrants from a redistricting of House seats, testimony released on Tuesday shows. The testimony by James Uthmeier, the department’s counsel, […]

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Fight Over Census Documents Centers on Motive for a Citizenship Question

The fight between Congress and President Trump over census documents revolves around one crucial issue: discerning the true motive of the Trump administration when it made a historic decision to ask all residents in the country if they were an American citizen. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, has long claimed that […]

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Employers Added 75,000 Jobs in May; Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.6%

75,000 jobs were created last month. Analysts had expected a gain of about 175,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg. The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, the same as in April. Average hourly earnings rose by 0.2 percent, the same rate as in April. Over the last 12 months, earnings have risen by a solid 3.1 percent. […]

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Employers Added 75,000 Jobs in May; Unemployment Steady at 3.6%

The Labor Department released its latest estimate of hiring and unemployment on Friday morning. The monthly report provides one of the most reliable pictures of the American economy. The Numbers 75,000 jobs were created last month. Analysts had expected a gain of about 175,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg. The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, the […]

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What to Expect From the May Jobs Report

The Labor Department will release its estimate of hiring and unemployment for May at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The monthly report provides a snapshot of the American economy. Analysts on Wall Street are predicting a gain of about 175,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg, compared with an increase of 263,000 in April. The unemployment rate is […]

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Trump Destroys American Greatness From Within

It’s hard to work up much sympathy for the hollowed-out husk of a human being that is Mitch McConnell, or Lindsey Graham for that matter. This country is a harder, colder, more meanspirited place because these senators would rather bootlick a bully than stand for the principles they once espoused. Surely, they know the price […]

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Charges of Politics in Census Debate Are ‘Smoke and Mirrors,’ Justice Dept. Says

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department issued a withering rebuke on Monday to assertions that a Republican political operative helped draft the department’s request to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, a decision whose legality the Supreme Court is likely to decide within weeks. In a brief filed in United States District Court in […]

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