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Wilbur Ross defies federal judge — says Census will end early despite court order

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Trump Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (Screen cap).

On Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “has announced a target date of October 5, 2020 to conclude 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations.”

This comes despite an order by a federal judge on Friday directing the census to continue through October 31.

The initial decision of the bureau to end counting early sparked controversy, and fears that the count might not be finished properly. It is the latest in a series of policy decisions by the Trump administration that risk undermining the census — the most famous of which was his attempt to include a citizenship question, which was blocked by the Supreme Court.

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Trump refusing to help some embattled GOP senators facing their own re-election woes: report

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Josh Holmes currently serves as a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). While much of the GOP's fate is on the chopping block this election cycle with closer races than anticipated and little help from the president himself, Holmes told Politico he thinks "you could have a whole bunch of scenarios play out on Election Day." The worst-case scenario for the GOP, he said, is "potentially catastrophic."

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Ivanka celebratory wedding anniversary tweet flooded with reminders of Times Square billboards ripping couple over COVID

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Ivanka Trump attempted to celebrate her wedding anniversary with Jared Kushner on Sunday afternoon with a tweet stating, "11 incredible years... with forever to go! Happy anniversary my love!" and it did not go well, coming on the weekend when she and her "love" became embroiled in a legal threat to go after the Lincoln Project over critical billboards of the couple currently on display in Times Square.

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Amy Coney Barrett confirmation will destroy the court’s ‘legitimacy’ for years to come: former Anthony Kennedy clerks

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Jamie Crooks and Samir Deger-Sen are both lawyers who clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy, a lifelong conservative appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan. Crooks and Deger-Sen are now urging the Senate not to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett or any nominee until after the presidential election. "Rushing through a confirmation with an election underway threatens the very legitimacy of the court," they wrote in a joint op-ed for The New York Times Sunday.

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