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Supreme Court Thwarts Trump on Census, Prompting Him to Seek Delay

  • Decision sends matter back to Commerce, which could try again
  • Trump calls ruling ‘ridiculous,’ says he’ll consult lawyers
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Supreme Court Backs Partisan Voting Maps, Puts Census Citizenship Question on Hold
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The U.S. Supreme Court put on hold the Trump administration’s plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, prompting President Donald Trump to say he’ll explore trying to delay a survey that by law must be conducted next year.

Issuing the final opinion of its term, a divided court said Thursday that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s stated rationale for including the citizenship question was “contrived” and couldn’t be squared with the evidence about his true motivations. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberals in the majority.