Tag: Commerce Department

U.S. Said to Extend Reprieve for Huawei

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is set to once again extend a license that will allow American companies to continue doing business with Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, people familiar with the deliberations said. The fate of Huawei has hung in the balance for many months, as the Trump administration has deliberated over how to […]

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The Way We Measure the Economy Obscures What Is Really Going On

Every quarter, we look to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis for new data on the total income and output of the economy. The nation’s topline indicator of economic performance is gross domestic product — the sum total of all that’s produced in our economy. If you pay attention to that indicator only, it would […]

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Trump Officials Battle Over Plan to Keep Technology Out of Chinese Hands

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is divided over how aggressively to restrict China’s access to United States technology as it looks for ways to protect national security without undercutting American industry. President Trump and many of his top advisers have identified China’s technological ambitions as a national security threat and want to limit the type […]

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Trump’s Dorian Tweet Whips Up a Fight Over a Science Powerhouse

SILVER SPRING, Md. — On Friday morning in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., government scientists in khakis and sensible shoes bustled to work — beneath a towering bronze sculpture of a hand releasing seabirds — heading for a small scientific agency caught up in a political mess triggered by President Trump’s tweet about Hurricane Dorian. […]

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White House Pressed Agency to Repudiate Weather Forecasters Who Contradicted Trump

WASHINGTON — The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama, according to several people familiar with the events. Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to […]

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Wilbur Ross and the Trump War on Truth

After a quiet couple of months, Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce, appears set on distinguishing himself again as the most compromised member of an administration that at times seems defined by ethical and moral flexibility. On Monday, The Times reported that Mr. Ross threatened last week to fire officials at the National Oceanographic and […]

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U.S. Companies Working With Huawei Get More Time to Stop

WASHINGTON — The United States will allow American companies to continue doing business with Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, for an additional 90 days, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday. The government’s reprieve is intended to give rural telecommunications companies in the United States more time to wean themselves off Huawei, which supplies many of […]

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Trump’s Trade War Is Breeding Patriots in China

BEIJING — Earlier this week the Chinese government aggressively devalued its currency — the clearest sign yet that it is hunkering down for a protracted fight with the United States over trade. Currency devaluation is the mother of all retaliations. The move, designed to help offset the Trump administration’s tariffs against China, could goad America […]

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U.S. Economy Grew at 2.1% Rate in 2nd Quarter, G.D.P. Report Says

Economic growth slowed last spring, but don’t panic: The decade-long expansion has lost some momentum, but there’s little reason to think it is about to stall out. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced in the economy, rose at a 2.1 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Commerce Department […]

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What to Watch For in Friday’s G.D.P. Report

Economic growth probably slowed sharply last spring, but don’t panic — the decade-long expansion has lost some momentum, but there’s little reason to think it is about to stall out. The Commerce Department will release its preliminary estimate of second-quarter economic growth at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Forecasters surveyed by MarketWatch expect the report to show […]

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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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