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Trump team again drops citizenship question on census

July 11, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Saying there is not enough time to go on waging a court battle over adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, the Trump Administration decided on Thursday to turn to already existing government records to get the data, insisting that would give an even more accurate count.

Two judges ponder new orders in census controversy

July 6, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

With government lawyers under pressure from President Trump looking for a new way to justify asking everyone in America about their citizenship next year, federal judges in two cities moved rapidly on Friday to consider issuing new orders to stop that addition to 2020 census forms.

On this day, the Republican Party names its first candidates

July 6, 2019 By NCC Staff

On July 6, 1854, disgruntled voters in a new political party named its first candidates to contest the Democrats over the issue of slavery. Within six and one-half years, the newly christened Republican Party would control the White House and Congress as the Civil War began.

It’s final: no citizenship question on 2020 census

July 3, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

In a decision that seems sure to have a significant impact on American politics over the coming decade, the Trump Administration decided on Tuesday to carry out the 2020 census without asking everyone in the nation about their citizenship. The question, if asked, was likely to reduce the political power of larger states in future elections for the presidency and the House of Representatives.

A chapter closes on partisan gerrymanders, others open

June 28, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

With the Supreme Court ordering all of the federal courts to the sidelines in the bitter and prolonged constitutional and political fight for partisan control of election districts, a shift to other forums is sure to keep the controversy going. Moreover, the Justices’ own role may not actually be finished.

Citizenship question on census barred for now

June 27, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court split several different ways on Thursday as it ruled on the Trump administration’s plan to ask everyone in the nation next year about their citizenship. But in the end, a bare majority ruled that government officials must reconsider that plan, and do so in time for the 2020 census.

Partisan gerrymanders insulated from federal court challenge

June 27, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Ending a search of more than three decades for a formula to judge the constitutionality of partisan gerrymanders of Congress and state and local legislatures, a divided Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the effort is beyond the federal court's power and will now be abandoned.

Down-to-the-wire on the census controversy

June 26, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Faced with the prospect that a lower court may issue a new ban on adding a citizenship question to the census, the Trump administration on Tuesday evening made an urgent plea for the Supreme Court to reject a claim that its 2020 plan was the result of racial discrimination.

New move to test the race bias issue on the 2020 census

June 6, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

A racial bias claim against the Trump administration about a citizenship question in the 2020 census may potentially complicate that process, outside the current dispute over the question at the Supreme Court.

A last-minute feud over the 2020 census

June 4, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

With the Supreme Court poised to act soon on the constitutionality of asking everyone in America next year about their citizenship, a rancorous dispute has broken out over new claims of partisan bias by the Trump Administration in preparing for the next census.

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