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Breaking News: Court Blocks Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

A federal judge's decision accuses U.S. Commerce Secretary of playing politics with the U.S. Census.
January 15, 2019, 11am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Laura Neumeister reports on the decision today by Judge Jesse M. Furman to block the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

The decision claims Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made the decision to add the question without regard for evidence or proper procedure.

"He failed to consider several important aspects of the problem; alternately ignored, cherry-picked, or badly misconstrued the evidence in the record before him; acted irrationally both in light of that evidence and his own stated decisional criteria; and failed to justify significant departures from past policies and practices," writes Judge Furman in the decision.

The ruling came in a case brought by 18 states, Washington, D.C., and 15 municipalities and counties. Neumeister reports that another case involving the state of California has yet to be decided, so the issue is far from resolved.

More coverage is available from an article by Corinne Ramey that is behind the Wall Street Journal's paywall.

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Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in AP News
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