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Trump Census Question Trial Is on Even With Government Shut

  • Judge rejects Justice Department request to postpone trial
  • Administration repeatedly tried to derail census trial in NYC
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U.S. Government Enters It's Sixth Day Of Shutdown
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Despite the shutdown of the U.S. government, the Trump administration still faces a January trial over its addition of a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg on Wednesday rejected the Justice Department’s argument that it lacks taxpayer funding to stay on schedule for a non-jury trial set to begin Jan. 7 in San Francisco. The U.S. is making similar requests to halt a number of lawsuits nationwide, saying it only has enough money in its operating budget for “emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.”