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Latino voters seek to challenge Alabama Census lawsuit

Jul. 12, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Latino voters and civil-rights groups have asked to join a lawsuit to defend the practice of including people in the country illegally in U.S. Census counts. The counts are used to configure congressional seats. Alabama and Congressman Mo Brooks sued the Census Bureau and the U.S....

Automakers, manufacturers oppose Trump call for auto tariffs

Jun. 29, 2018 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers, manufacturers and classic-car enthusiasts are coming out against President Donald Trump's plan to consider taxing imported cars, trucks and auto parts. General Motors warned in a filing Friday with the U.S. Commerce Department that the threat of auto tariffs "risks undermining...

Canada PM can't imagine Trump damaging US with auto tariffs

Jun. 20, 2018 7:17 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he can't imagine President Donald Trump will make good on his threat to impose new tariffs on Canadian autos entering the United States because it would amount to a self-inflicted wound on the U.S. economy. Trudeau was forced to...

ACLU sues over plans for citizenship question on 2020 census

Jun. 6, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to discriminate against immigrants. The Manhattan federal court lawsuit on behalf of immigrants' rights groups...

China says trade deals are off if US raises tariffs

Jun. 3, 2018 11:51 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China has balked at stepping up its purchases of American products, raising the odds of a trade war, if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to tax billions of dollars' worth of Chinese imports. The warning from Beijing came after delegations led by U.S. Commerce Secretary...

From distillers to farmers, trade war would cause casualties

Jun. 1, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If a trade war is coming, the cheesemakers of Wisconsin are standing in the line of fire. So are the farmers of the Great Plains and the distillers of Kentucky. And the employees of iconic American brands like Harley-Davidson and Levi Strauss. The likelihood of a trade conflagration leapt...

Latino, Asian-American groups sue over citizenship question

May. 31, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

Two dozen Latino and Asian-American organizations filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging that the Trump administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census is racially discriminatory and violates the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland by the Mexican...

Alabama sues over inclusion of migrants in US Census

May. 22, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, challenging the longstanding practice of including immigrants living in the country illegally in U.S. Census counts that are used to determine congressional districts. In the lawsuit filed Monday,...