House Democrats Threaten to Subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Over 2020 Census
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House Democrats Threaten to Subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Over 2020 Census

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight Committee will subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unless the Commerce Department hands over internal documents detailing delays and issues with data related to the 2020 census, the committee chairwoman warned in a letter Wednesday. In the letter, chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D- N.Y., accused... Read More

Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Trump's Bid to Exclude Illegal Immigrants from Census
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Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Trump's Bid to Exclude Illegal Immigrants from Census

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's plan to exclude millions of immigrants in the country illegally from the 2020 census count appeared to fizzle at the Supreme Court on Monday. California officials feared that Trump's policy, if put into effect in the last weeks of his presidency,... Read More

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Quickly Enters Fray of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles
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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Quickly Enters Fray of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles

WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett will immediately be embroiled in some of the nation's biggest legal battles, including cases that could determine whether the president who nominated her gets four more years in the White House. The 48-year-old Barrett, who... Read More

Supreme Court to Take Up 'Remain in Mexico' and Border Wall Cases
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Supreme Court to Take Up 'Remain in Mexico' and Border Wall Cases
2020-10-19 17:41:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up two cases arising from President Donald Trump's efforts to slow both legal and illegal immigration from Mexico. Monday's announcement followed an order late Friday in which the high court said... Read More

Census Count Wraps Up Early Amid Questions About Accuracy
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Census Count Wraps Up Early Amid Questions About Accuracy

WASHINGTON _ Once the Trump administration ends its count for the 2020 census early Friday morning, advocates and even former Census Bureau directors fear the administration won't take the time to correct what could be the most inaccurate count in decades.... Read More

Supreme Court Temporarily Shuts Down Census Data Collection
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Supreme Court Temporarily Shuts Down Census Data Collection
2020-10-13 21:29:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court late Tuesday stayed a preliminary injunction that required the Census Bureau to continue to collect data until the end of the month. Last month, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh agreed with civil rights groups that... Read More

Wilbur Ross Loses Ruling Over Move to End Census Count Early
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Wilbur Ross Loses Ruling Over Move to End Census Count Early

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court upheld an order requiring Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and his department to keep the census count going until the end of the month. Wednesday’s ruling maintains a decision by a California federal judge... Read More

US Appeals Court Blocks Trump from Shutting Down Census Count Early
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US Appeals Court Blocks Trump from Shutting Down Census Count Early

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Wednesday to let stand a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from shutting down the census count early in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S.... Read More

Supreme Court Fast-Tracks Dispute Over Illegal Aliens' Place in Reapportionment
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Supreme Court Fast-Tracks Dispute Over Illegal Aliens' Place in Reapportionment
2020-09-30 20:34:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a dispute over whether people living in the United States illegally must be included in the reapportionment of congressional seats. Under federal law, once the decennial census is completed, the... Read More

Southern States Lagging in Census Amid Pandemic, Hurricanes
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Southern States Lagging in Census Amid Pandemic, Hurricanes

WASHINGTON — Southern states have lagged behind the rest of the country in census counting amid the pandemic — and now a historic hurricane season may hamper last-ditch efforts to finish in a shortened timeline, census experts warned Thursday. The... Read More

Census Bureau Reverses Course on Layoffs After Court Order
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Census Bureau Reverses Course on Layoffs After Court Order
2020-09-08 21:53:31
by Dan McCue

The Census Bureau told a federal judge on Tuesday that it will delay laying off some census takers and will restore quality-control measures it had already begun winding down as the end of the once-a-decade population count nears its end.... Read More

Internal Census Document: Shorter Count Risks ‘Serious Errors’
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Internal Census Document: Shorter Count Risks ‘Serious Errors’

WASHINGTON — Census Bureau officials concluded the shortened time frame for the 2020 count could lead to “serious errors” in the data used to apportion congressional seats and more, according to an internal agency document released Wednesday by congressional Democrats.... Read More

Shortened Census Schedule Cuts Data Review Time
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Shortened Census Schedule Cuts Data Review Time

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau has halved the time it has for combing through data from 2020 census results in a verification process that weeds out duplicate responses and finds people who never responded — a step experts say is... Read More

Census Bureau Says US Population Reached Milestone in July
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Census Bureau Says US Population Reached Milestone in July
2020-08-21 21:04:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Data for the 2020 census is still being collected, but the Census Bureau reports the U.S. population has already achieved a population milestone this summer -- topping 330 million people. The agency said based on the population "clock"... Read More

Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census
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Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census
2020-07-30 14:01:04
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats attacked the president’s plan to exclude illegal immigrants from the 2020 Census during a congressional hearing Wednesday while Republicans said they wanted to prevent foreign influence. The House Oversight Committee held what it called an “emergency hearing”... Read More

Trump’s Move to Exclude Some Immigrants in Census Could Affect States’ Seats in Congress
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Trump’s Move to Exclude Some Immigrants in Census Could Affect States’ Seats in Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed his administration to exclude immigrants who are in the United States illegally when calculating how many seats in Congress each state gets after the current census, a decision that critics denounced as... Read More

Chicago Mayor Sends Out ‘Census Cowboy’ to Boost Low Response Rates
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Chicago Mayor Sends Out ‘Census Cowboy’ to Boost Low Response Rates
2020-07-14 14:22:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday unveiled an unusual plan to encourage Chicagoans to participate in the U.S. government’s once-a-decade push to count every U.S. resident: a cowboy on a horse.  The mayor was speaking at a press conference when... Read More

Researchers Push for Public Test of Census Privacy Tools
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Researchers Push for Public Test of Census Privacy Tools

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau says it has improved its ability to give accurate data while protecting the privacy of its 2020 questionnaire responses, but experts worry they won’t be able to test the agency’s strategy before it is finalized.... Read More

Census Bureau Nears Goal for 2020 Count, But Crucial Areas Lag
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Census Bureau Nears Goal for 2020 Count, But Crucial Areas Lag

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau has reached the cusp of its goal for the nation to respond to the 2020 count, but with rates still lagging in minority neighborhoods, advocates and members of Congress worry that people in diverse communities... Read More

Census Bureau to Restart Operations in Rural Areas of Country
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Census Bureau to Restart Operations in Rural Areas of Country

After suspending most of its operations in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Census Bureau announced Monday it plans to restart some of its fieldwork in rural areas around the country. Those operations had been delayed through early June,... Read More

Census Delay Could Put Off New Voting Districts, Primaries
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Census Delay Could Put Off New Voting Districts, Primaries

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is... Read More

Census Bureau to Gather Data on Disruptions Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak
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Census Bureau to Gather Data on Disruptions Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak
2020-04-22 17:49:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau is launching two new surveys to gather data on disruptions to households and small businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak. The bureau received emergency approval from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on Sunday... Read More

Census Delays Pose Risks for Legislative Map Drawing
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Census Delays Pose Risks for Legislative Map Drawing

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau’s new plan for a delayed 2020 census — if the agency can pull it off — could mean chaos for states drawing new legislative maps next year. Hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic, the Census Bureau... Read More

Census Delays All In-Person Counting Efforts Through April 1 Due to Coronavirus
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Census Delays All In-Person Counting Efforts Through April 1 Due to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — This year’s census has pulled up all boots on the ground, for now, as the Census Bureau announced Wednesday it had suspended field operations for the rest of the month due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

Coronavirus Closures Upend Census Plans for Counting Homeless, College Students
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Coronavirus Closures Upend Census Plans for Counting Homeless, College Students

WASHINGTON — The closure or quarantining of many homeless shelters, nursing homes and colleges to stem the spread of the coronavirus is forcing the U.S. Census Bureau to change the way it counts some of the most difficult to reach... Read More

Facebook to Remove Misleading Trump Census Ads
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Facebook to Remove Misleading Trump Census Ads

WASHINGTON — Facebook will remove more than 1,000 Trump campaign ads directing people to fill out an online form titled “Official 2020 Congressional District Census,” after Democrats criticized them as misleading. For weeks, the Republican National Committee has sent people... Read More

Pelosi Slams Facebook Over Trump Ad That Could Be Confused for Census
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Pelosi Slams Facebook Over Trump Ad That Could Be Confused for Census
2020-03-05 21:09:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized Facebook on Thursday for allowing President Donald Trump's re-election campaign to run an ad that some might confuse for the upcoming 2020 census. The U.S. Census Bureau is set to launch the... Read More

GOP is Accused of Sending Misleading ‘Census’ Forms Ahead of Actual Count
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GOP is Accused of Sending Misleading ‘Census’ Forms Ahead of Actual Count

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee is sending documents labeled “2020 Congressional District Census” to people in California and across the country just weeks before the start of the official nationwide count of the country’s population. Critics say the misleading... Read More

Twitter Follows Facebook Cracking Down on Census Misinformation
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Twitter Follows Facebook Cracking Down on Census Misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Social media company Twitter Inc. extended policies meant to protect election integrity to the U.S. Census Tuesday, saying it will prohibit posts containing false or misleading information about how to participate in the national survey. Twitter and... Read More

Red States Push for Last-Minute Census Advantage
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Red States Push for Last-Minute Census Advantage

WASHINGTON — As the political stakes become clearer, more states are trying to motivate residents to participate in the 2020 census this spring. Some red states had held back: Texas and Florida spent nothing on outreach, as conservatives find it... Read More

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