Inside Trump - July 3rd, 2019

Inside Trump (Jul 3rd, 2019)

Census Prints, No Citizenship Question / House Sues Over Tax Returns / Tanks In DC For July 4

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1. The Trump administration will print the 2020 census without the controversial citizenship question. The move comes after the Supreme Court refused to add the question last week, explaining the arguments for it was not strong enough. In response, Trump tweeted he was working with lawyers to see if they could delay the census in order to eventually add the question. However, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who says he "strongly" disagreed with the court's ruling, confirmed today that the printing process has begun. "My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census," he said. - NBC NEWS

2. House Democrats seeking Trump's tax returns have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in order to access the financial documents. The issue will now head to federal courts after the administration refused to obey a subpoena demanding Trump hand over six years of his tax returns. The lawsuit specifically names the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. "In refusing to comply with the statute, Defendants have mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the IRS, and the tax laws on behalf of the American people who participate in the Nation's voluntary tax system," the complaint reads. - ABC NEWS

3. Tanks are already arriving in Washington, D.C., for President Trump's "Salute to America" July 4 celebration. Media outlets photographed tanks arriving into the nation's capital two days before the scheduled event. The news comes despite concerns about the damage they may cause to infrastructure, Trump's speculated political motives for the event, and taxpayer costs, which officials still have yet to reveal. "We have said it before, and we'll say it again: Tanks, but no tanks," the District of Columbia council tweeted on Monday, posting a Pentagon document about a veterans' event last year acknowledging that tanks could damage city roadways. - BBC

4. A federal judge blocked a Trump administration that denies bond hearings to asylum seekers and thus keeps them detained. Seattle's US District Judge Marsha Pechman ruled such an act is unconstitutional. Meanwhile, in separate but related news, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the Trump administration has also been fining undocumented immigrants up to $500,000 for not leaving the US. - CNN / NPR

5. President Trump nominated Christopher Waller and Judy Shelton for two Federal Reserve Board vacancies. A former economics professor at the University of Notre Dame, Waller is currently the executive vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Meanwhile, Shelton once worked as an economic adviser to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and is now the U.S. director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Their nominations come after Trump's first choices, Herman Cain and Stephen Moore, withdrew their names from consideration. - REUTERS

6. Vice President Mike Pence abruptly canceled a New Hampshire trip after being called to the White House. Officials have yet to explain why, although they confirmed it wasn't because of a national security issue or Trump's health. -  AP NEWS

7. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti formally proposed a partnership with President Trump in order to combat homelessness. The news comes just a day after Trump called the homeless crisis in American cities such as Los Angeles "disgraceful" and blamed liberal politicians for it. "[The crisis] is not his fault, nor is it my fault, it is something that has been decades in the making," Garcetti said in response. "Poverty and mental health and trauma and high rent cause homelessness," he later added. - AP

Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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