Tag: Commerce Department

A ‘Train Wreck’ Was Averted at the Supreme Court, but for How Long?

The poison emanating from the White House in recent days has been so overwhelming that it’s hard to remember that something else held the country in thrall just a week ago: the prospect that President Trump would defy the Supreme Court and insist on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. There’s a strong […]

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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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Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on Census

President Trump on Friday said he is “thinking of” issuing an executive order to allow for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, as his administration faced a midafternoon court deadline to say how it planned to move forward. Mr. Trump made the remarks to reporters on the south lawn of the White House, as […]

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Trump Reverses Course—Again—on Citizenship Question for Census 2020

Signs sit behind the podium before the start of a press conference with New York’s then attorney general to announce a multistate lawsuit to block the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census form, April 3, 2018, in New York City. Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) That didn’t last long. Just […]

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Trump Vows to Move Forward With Citizenship Question on Census

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that the Commerce Department is “absolutely moving forward” with plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, contradicting statements made by his Department of Justice and Wilbur Ross, the Commerce secretary, and calling reports based on them “fake.” It was the second time in two days […]

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Trump Cries Uncle on Citizenship Question for Census 2020

People gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as decisions are handed down June 27, 2019. The high court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census. Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty) Looks like Donald Trump blinked. The Justice Department announced Tuesday that there will be no citizenship question on the 2020 […]

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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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Supreme Court Gives a Victory to G.O.P. on Gerrymandering and to Democrats Opposed to Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON — In a pair of decisions with vast implications for the American political landscape, the Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a victory to Republicans by ruling that federal courts are powerless to hear challenges to extreme partisan gerrymandering but gave a reprieve to Democrats by delaying the Trump administration’s efforts to add a question […]

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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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U.S. Tech Companies Sidestep a Trump Ban, to Keep Selling to Huawei

SHANGHAI — A number of the United States’ biggest chip makers have sold millions of dollars of products to Huawei despite a Trump administration ban on the sale of American technology to the Chinese telecommunications giant, according to four people with knowledge of the sales. Since the Commerce Department enacted the ban in May, American […]

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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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FCC blames Commerce Department for 5G weather scare, spectrum delays

Although the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has the final say on allocating wireless spectrum for public and private sector purposes, other federal agencies have input — and may be unreasonably obstructing 5G deployments, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Testifying at a Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing (via MobileWorldLive), Pai and other commissioners called out the Department […]

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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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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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