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Voting Rights Primer: Ross Declines To Answer Key Questions About Census Citizenship Question

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was grilled Thursday by the House Oversight Committee about his move to add a census citizenship question. Many of the explanations he gave about damning 2017 emails — emails that contradicted his official justification for adding the question — didn’t pass the smell test. He also refused to say whether he spoke to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions about adding the question, or to anyone else at the White House besides Steve Bannon. Ross was not the only admin...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Virginia, Georgia, Commerce, Aclu, Kansas, Republican, Justice Department, Ross, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed


As the Congress Turns: In presidential probes, many So Cal reps play starring roles

With Democrats in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, committees are stepping up investigations and oversight of Trump administration practices and policies. Here’s a look at the Southern California reps in position to play the biggest roles in those hearings: Adam Schiff, D-Burbank Role: Chairman, House Intelligence Committee, leading congressional Democrats’ investigation of Russia’s ties to President Trump and his 2016 campaign. Trump has tried accusing Schiff of ethics violations, ...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Justice, Congress, California, White House, Russia, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Commerce, House, Va, Treasury


Ross Won’t Disclose What White House Convos He Had About Census Citizenship

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday declined to elaborate on what conversations he may have had with the White House about adding a Census citizenship question —  beyond detailing his previously-known spring 2017 phone call with then-Trump advisor Steve Bannon. House Oversight Democrats sought to grill Ross on any White House conversations, given that his testimony in front of Congress last year suggested he had none. At Thursday’s hearing, Ross said that any hypothetical White House d...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Commerce, Kansas, Department Of Homeland Security, Justice Department, Ross, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Jeff Sessions, Commerce Department, Kris Kobach, Kobach, Bannon, House Oversight Committee


JFK assassination tour of Dallas

Whether you’re a history buff or a conspiracy theorist, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has fascinated Americans for decades. During a presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald (allegedly) fired the shot that killed JFK as he rode through Dallas’s Dealey Plaza. The ensuing controversy surrounding the shooter’s identity and motive, as well as the political repercussions, have made the tragedy one of the most widely recognized and debated in US history. Altho...
Tags: Travel, White House, US, Commerce, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Secret Service, Jfk, West End, Google Maps, Kennedy, Irving, All, Dallas Texas, Jackie Kennedy, United Press International


Ross Grilled On Emails From Early 2017 Showing His Interest In Census Change

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday attempted to explain to lawmakers an email he sent to an aide on May 2, 2017, expressing frustration “nothing” had been done in response to his “months old” request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The email undercut his previous congressional testimony that suggested the push to add the citizenship question was initiated by a December 2017 Justice Department request to have it included. Ross on Thursday said that he was frustrated i...
Tags: News, White House, Commerce, House, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Ross, Gore, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Jeff Sessions, Census Bureau, Comstock, House Oversight Committee


Census Quietly Seeks Citizenship Data From DHS As SCOTUS Weighs Question

As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether the Trump administration can ask people if they are citizens on the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is quietly seeking comprehensive information about the legal status of millions of immigrants. Under a proposed plan, the Department of Homeland Security would provide the Census Bureau with a broad swath of personal data about noncitizens, including their immigration status, The Associated Press has learned. A pending agreement between the agencies has be...
Tags: New York, Cook, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Senate, White House, America, Ap, Dhs, Gop, United States, Commerce, Social Security


Analysis: How the Daley dynasty could return to power in Chicago

America's third largest city chooses its next mayor on Tuesday, with a field of more than a dozen candidates running to replace two-term Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is retiring. The race has largely flown under the national radar until recently, when Bill Daley, the former Commerce secretary and chief of staff to Barack Obama (not to mention the son and brother of past Chicago mayors) began to surge in the polls.
Tags: News, America, Barack Obama, Chicago, Commerce, Stories, Rahm Emanuel, Daley, Bill Daley


How the Daley dynasty could return to power in Chicago

America's third largest city chooses its next mayor on Tuesday, with a field of more than a dozen candidates running to replace two-term Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is retiring. The race has largely flown under the national radar until recently, when Bill Daley, the former Commerce secretary and chief of staff to Barack Obama (not to mention the son and brother of past Chicago mayors) began to surge in the polls.
Tags: America, Barack Obama, Cnn, Chicago, Commerce, Rahm Emanuel, Daley, Bill Daley


This Week: Wilbur Ross Gets Called Out By A Trump Appointee For Faulty Financial Report

The Office of Government Ethics on Friday told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that it would not certify the secretary’s annual financial disclosure because, essentially, Ross hadn’t told the truth. After submitting the required annual filing claiming that, among other things, he’d divested from his stock in BankUnited Inc. in early 2017, Ross submitted another filing claiming that, actually, he’d only divested from the stock in October 2018. As a result, the annual filing contained an error, ...
Tags: Post, News, Climate Change, Washington, White House, Cnn, Maine, Commerce, New Jersey, National Security Council, Hitler, The Washington Post, Ross, Trump, Paul Lepage, LePage


Trump’s SOTU Cabinet Isn’t Going To Be Around For Long

There are going to be a lot of new butts in the chairs reserved for President Trump’s cabinet at the State of the Union Tuesday night — and for many, it will likely be a one-time seating assignment. President Trump’s cabinet has had a historically high level of turnover for a first-term president — and his cabinet’s composition has an unusually high number of temporary appointees right now. Nearly a quarter of Trump’s current 22-member cabinet are temporary appointees: acting Attorney General ...
Tags: News, Senate, White House, Defense, Commerce, House, United Nations, Wheeler, Kansas, Cbs, Epa, Dc, Ross, Trump, Nikki Haley, State


Trump heads for incredibly awkward face-to-face trade war talks with China after it accused him of 'hysterically persecuting' Huawei

The US Department of Justice charged Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, its CFO, and two affiliates with bank and wire fraud, stealing trade secrets, and obstructing justice on Monday. It comes as President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with top Chinese trade negotiators on Wednesday and Thursday to try and resolve ongoing trade war tensions. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the Huawei charges will not affect trade war tensions. But the Chinese government is furious. Experts say the Huawei ...
Tags: Washington, White House, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Iran, Bbc, Beijing, Canada, Commerce, Washington Dc, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Huawei, Doj


US charges Huawei with fraud for violating Iran sanctions and stealing trade secrets

American prosecutors have unveiled criminal charges against Huawei, accusing one of China’s top companies of violating sanctions against Iran and stealing trade secrets. The 23 charges filed on Monday drew a sharp response from China and threatened to escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing just as a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He arrived in the US capital for trade talks. Matthew Whitaker, the acting US attorney general, said Huawei had attempted to evade sanctions again...
Tags: UK, News, Washington, White House, China, US, Iran, Beijing, West, Canada, Commerce, Huawei, Justice Department, Ottawa, Whitaker, Foreign Ministry


Trump aides struggle to show some shutdown empathy

NEW YORK (AP) — One White House aide mused that the shutdown was like a paid vacation for some furloughed workers. President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law said employees’ “little bit of pain” was worth it for the good of the country. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross questioned why cash-poor workers were using food banks instead of taking […]
Tags: New York, News, White House, Nation, Commerce, Donald Trump, Trump, Wilbur Ross


This Week: Trump Administration Describes Unpaid Workers As Wall Leverage

Comments this week by various members of the Trump administration have underscored the extent to which the President views government workers as bargaining chips. Presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump made that explicit in an interview Monday, referring to unpaid workers as the President’s “hand to play” and “what he has right now”: Leverage for border wall money. If you are one of those 800,000 federal employees working, or not working, without pay, cheer up. You’re only one third of one p...
Tags: News, White House, China, Commerce, House, Cnbc, Trump, Elijah Cummings, Whitaker, Corbett, Ivanka Trump, House Judiciary Committee, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, Mick Mulvaney


Out of touch? Trump aides struggle with shutdown empathy

One White House aide mused that the shutdown was like a paid vacation for some furloughed workers. President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law said employees' "little bit of pain" was worth it for the good of the country. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross questioned why cash-poor workers were using food banks instead of taking out loans.
Tags: White House, Commerce, Donald Trump, Trump, Wilbur Ross


Commerce chief puzzled that furloughed workers using food banks

By JONATHAN LEMIRE NEW YORK — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, one of the richest people in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, questioned Thursday why furloughed federal workers were using food banks instead of taking out loans to get through the monthlong partial government shutdown. Ross was asked on CNBC to comment on reports that some of the 800,000 workers currently not receiving paychecks are going to homeless shelters to get food. “Well, I know they are and I don’t really quite understand w...
Tags: Business, New York, News, Washington, Mexico, White House, Uncategorized, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Commerce, House, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Cnbc


With 2020 Census coming — citizenship question or not — there’s a push to count every head in Inland Empire

As debate rages over whether the 2020 Census should include a citizenship question, supervisors in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are joining an effort to sure every Inland resident is counted in the upcoming survey. The boards of supervisors in both counties recently voted to join a “complete count committee” for the Inland Empire. With technical support from UC Riverside’s Center for Social Innovation, the committee that’s expected to include leaders from local government, business, and...
Tags: New York, California, White House, Sport, Soccer, Commerce, Riverside County, Trump, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Riverside, San Bernardino County, Inland Empire, Wert, UC Riverside, Ramakrishnan


Why can’t the U.S. Census ask a very simple question?

Should the 2020 U.S. Census ask about citizenship? Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross decided that it should, and his decision triggered an explosion of legal challenges. Last week, a federal judge in New York ruled that the question may not be asked. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman wrote, “Secretary Ross’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census—even if it did not violate the Constitution itself—was unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons and must be set aside.” Furman sa...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Congress, California, Opinion, White House, Sport, Soccer, United States, Commerce, Kansas, Lausd, Ross, Trump, U S Supreme Court, John Roberts


From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting U.S. economy

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON — Delta Air Lines can’t get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren’t being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS. As the partial government shutdown moves through its fourth week with no end in sight, the economic blow is being felt not only by federal workers but also by business people, households and traveler...
Tags: Lyft, Europe, New York, Washington, White House, Sport, Soccer, Commerce, Delta, Associated Press, North Carolina, Irs, Securities And Exchange Commission, Federal Aviation Administration, Delta Air Lines, Trump


Judge bars Trump administration’s citizenship question from 2020 Census

By LARRY NEUMEISTER | Associated Press NEW YORK — The Trump administration cannot put a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, a federal judge in New York ruled Friday in a boost to proponents of counting immigrants. In a 277-page decision that won’t be the final word on the issue, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that while such a question would be constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had moved to add it to the census arbitrarily and had not followed proper admini...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Supreme Court, Congress, California, White House, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Commerce, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Ross, Trump


Cyber Readiness Institute Tackles Lack of Small Business Preparedness

A new free cyber security program put together with big business and Obama-era experts is focusing on small businesses. Small Business Trends got in touch with Kiersten Todt, Managing Director of the Cyber Readiness Institute, to find out how the Institute plans to tighten up what’s generally seen as a lacking of preparation for cyber attacks among small businesses. She began the conversation with some important background. “Every day news reports share stories about cyber attacks or major brea...
Tags: Microsoft, Obama, Satya Nadella, Sales, Barack Obama, Commerce, National Cyber Security Alliance, Institute, Todt, Penny Pritzker, Target Corp, Technology Trends, Kiersten Todt, Cyber Readiness Institute, IBM Samuel Palmisano, Mastercard Ajay Banga


Expert: Census Citizenship Query Would Worsen Latino, Non-Citizen Undercount

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Asking people whether they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census would worsen the undercount of Latinos and non-citizens compared with other groups, an expert in surveys said Monday at the start of a trial over the Trump administration’s decision to include the question for the first time in 70 years. Colm O’Muircheartaigh, a professor at the University of Chicago, said the question would reduce the percentage of Latinos and non-citizens who respond to the census questionna...
Tags: New York, News, California, White House, San Francisco, Ap, Commerce, University Of Chicago, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Ross, Trump, Jeff, U S Justice Department, Commerce Department, Census Bureau


Trial Begins In CA Over Trump Admin’s Census Citizenship Question

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trial will begin Monday in federal court in San Francisco over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. Judge Richard Seeborg is scheduled to hear a week of testimony from experts and other witnesses. The judge will decide whether to allow the question. Seeborg is presiding over lawsuits by California and numerous cities in the state that argue the citizenship question was politically motivated and would discourage immigr...
Tags: New York, News, California, White House, San Francisco, Ap, Commerce, Doj, Justice Department, Ross, Trump, U S Department of Justice, Jeff, Congressional, Commerce Department, Richard Seeborg


Why House Oversight Dems Will Make The 2020 Census A Priority

There is no shortage of Trump administration controversies for Democrats to investigate next year when they take over the House Oversight Committee. But near the top of their list is an issue that has flown under the radar in the first two years of the Trump presidency but has major consequences that will be felt for at least a decade. Oversight Democrats are signaling that a priority of their committee will be investigating the Trump administration’s move to add a citizenship question to the 20...
Tags: New York, News, Congress, White House, Democrats, Commerce, House, Kansas, Justice Department, Census, Ross, Trump, Democratic, Tierney Sneed, Elijah Cummings, Connolly


President Trump’s complicated, risky negotiations with China

The history of U.S. trade with China in the post-World War II era is a story of negotiations complicated by seemingly unrelated but critically important issues. The Cold War, North Korea’s nuclear program, Iran’s ambitions, the 2008 financial crisis and concerns over global warming all have created pressure at different times and during different trade talks, so it is perhaps unfair to criticize the decisions of U.S. leaders to let China “kill us,” in the words of President Trump. Trump used tho...
Tags: Isis, Opinion, North Korea, White House, China, Sport, Iran, Beijing, Soccer, Xi Jinping, Editorials, Commerce, Treasury, Buenos Aires, Trump, Peter Navarro


Supreme Court to hear arguments in census dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over the evidence a federal judge can consider in the lawsuit over the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman is currently presiding over a trial to determine if Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross acted legally when […]
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington, Ap, Commerce, The Supreme Court, Jesse M Furman, Nation & World Politics, Wilbur Ross


Trump Swamp: How Will Dem House Chairs Check The Trump Administration?

In June, I appeared on The Josh Marshall Podcast to discuss the difference it would make, in terms of Trump-Swamp-related matters, if Democrats controlled the House of Representatives. The four topics I discussed then — the administration’s effort to bury a study on the danger of a widely used class of toxic chemicals, the Trump-created crisis of family separation at the border, the Department of Education’s en masse dismissal of civil rights complaints, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ st...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, Fbi, Commerce, House Of Representatives, Treasury, Halliburton, Donald Trump, Doj, Administration, James Comey, Department Of Education, Trump


Trump administration wants delay in census lawsuit trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to postpone a trial over the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The request submitted to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Monday says a federal judge in New York should not move forward with a Nov. 5 trial exploring whether Commerce Secretary […]
Tags: New York, News, Supreme Court, Washington, Ap, Commerce, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Nation & World Politics


White House belatedly begins planning for 5G with memo asking for policy recommendations

The White House has issued a memorandum outlining the need for a new national wireless connectivity strategy; the document doesn’t really establish anything new, but does request lots of reports on how things are going. Strangely, what it proposes sounds a lot like what the FCC already does. The memorandum, heralded by a separate post announcing that “America Will Win the Global Race to 5G,” is not exactly a statement of policy, though it does put a few things out there. It’s actually more of...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, South Korea, Fcc, Obama, Government, White House, America, Spain, Commerce, 5g, Ajit Pai, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Jessica Rosenworcel


House Dem Wants Sessions To Recuse From Any Probe Into Ross Misleading Congress

The House Democrat whom Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross misled when he told her he had not spoken to the White House about adding a citizenship question to the census wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from any Justice Department investigation into Ross’ alleged false statement to Congress. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), who grilled Ross on his move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census at an appropriations hearing last March, had previously requested the Justice Department to in...
Tags: New York, News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Commerce, House, Kansas, Justice Department, Ross, Tierney Sneed, Jeff Sessions, Heritage Foundation, Kris Kobach, Bannon, Meng



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