Ahead of election year, more Americans lack health insurance, incomes stall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The share of Americans without health insurance rose for the first time in a decade last year and U.S. household income hardly budged, according to a government report on Tuesday that laid bare issues that could be central to the U.S. presidential election next year. In a closely watched annual release of survey data detailing healthcare and […]

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Ahead of election year, more Americans lack health insurance, incomes stall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The share of Americans without health insurance rose for the first time in a decade last year and U.S. household income hardly budged, according to a government report on Tuesday that laid bare issues that could be central to the U.S. presidential election next year. In a closely watched annual release of survey data detailing healthcare and […]

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Trump drops executive action on U.S. Census, will seek citizenship survey by other means

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to back down on Thursday to add a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census, but order the government do the survey by other means, a government official told Reuters. White House officials declined to comment ahead of remarks by the president scheduled for 5 p.m. (2100 GMT). A government official […]

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New U.S. census turmoil as Trump again pursues citizenship question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was moving ahead with adding a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census in a dramatic reversal after his own administration including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced a day earlier that the plan had been dropped. Following Trump’s announcement, made in a defiant Twitter post, a senior U.S. Justice […]

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Trump fumes as Supreme Court blocks census citizenship question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed President Donald Trump a stinging defeat, ruling that his administration gave a “contrived” explanation for its plan to include a contentious citizenship question in the 2020 census in a decision that will make it difficult to add the query to the population survey. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the […]

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Companies warn Trump: Census citizenship question could be costly

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An array of U.S. companies have told the Trump administration that a citizenship question on the 2020 Census would harm business if it leads to an undercount of immigrants, undermining the data they use to place stores, plan inventory and plot ad campaigns. Corporate executives, lobbyists and representatives from major industry groups like the Chamber of […]

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U.S. Supreme Court scraps arguments on Trump census appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday canceled arguments that had been scheduled for next month in an appeal by President Donald Trump’s administration relating to its contentious move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census. The administration had challenged the scope of evidence that U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan could use in […]

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Trump administration moves to appeal census ruling

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday took the first steps to appealing a lower court ruling that blocked its contentious plan to ask people taking part in the 2020 national census whether they are U.S. citizens. In a case likely to reach the Supreme Court in short order, the administration filed a notice in federal court […]

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Inside the Trump Administration’s Census Scam

Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, is a liar. And according to lawsuits brought by former business partners, a thief. Now he’s attempting his biggest swindle yet: rigging the 2020 census to favor the Republican Party. A vulture capitalist with no experience in government, whose private-equity firm was fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission for bilking investors out of millions, […]

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Citizenship query a threat to U.S. census, witness says as trial kicks off

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire will yield a “systemic undercount” of immigrants by frightening some away from responding, warned a witness on the first day of a trial that could shape the U.S. political landscape for a decade. The addition of the citizenship question was announced in March by U.S. Commerce […]

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