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Impeachment, Contempt Citations and More: 3 Major Issues Congress Voted On Today

The House was busy on Wednesday, considering a range of divisive issues. Here’s a roundup of what the chamber voted on: Impeaching the president Representative Al Green, Democrat of Texas, drafted an article of impeachment for President Trump over comments that the House condemned this week as racist. The vote constituted the first action by […]

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House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute

WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their refusal to turn over key documents related to the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The citations for two cabinet officials, approved 230-198, […]

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The President and the Census

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Federal courts keep rejecting President Trump’s attempts to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. But no matter what the courts decide, the president may have already achieved his goal. [For an exclusive look at how […]

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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 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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After 14 Years, Chief Justice Roberts Takes Charge

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has sat in the center seat on the Supreme Court bench since his arrival in 2005. But only this term did he assume true leadership of the court. He made clear his influence in a pair of stunning decisions on Thursday, joining the court’s liberal wing in […]

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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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Trump’s Abuse of Executive Privilege Is More Than a Present Danger

President Trump has been on an executive privilege extravaganza. In the past month, he’s asserted it to block Congress from obtaining documents about the census citizenship question, invoked it to try to bar the full Mueller report from being given to Congress, and used it to bar his former White House counsel, Don McGahn, from […]

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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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The Census: Another Brick in Trump’s White House Wall

Wednesday brought yet another demonstration of the Trump administration’s indifference to the constitutional system of checks and balances. The president asserted executive privilege over all documents requested by the House Oversight and Reform Committee in its investigation of his administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The battle over the integrity […]

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Looks Like the Trump Administration Lied About the Census

A trove of documents brought to the attention of the Supreme Court on Thursday makes it hard to see the Trump administration’s efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census as anything but a partisan power grab. The court will decide before the end of June whether Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, was […]

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