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Officials: School laptops held up ahead of new academic year

Aug. 4, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

About 4,000 new laptop computers bound for an Alabama school district were held up over issues with manufacturers, weeks before the school year was set to begin with increased online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to education officials. Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby said...

FILE - this April 5, 2020 file photo, shows An envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. A federal judge on Thursday, May 21, 2020, agreed to impose financial sanctions against the Trump administration for failing to produce hundreds of documents during litigation over whether a citizenship question could be added to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Citing politics, Democrats wants Census appointees removed

Jul. 13, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Saying they represented the latest effort by the Trump administration to politicize the 2020 census, House Democrats on Monday asked U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to withdraw two appointees from top positions at the U.S. Census Bureau. Democrats on the Committee on Oversight and...

Commerce Department IG seeks info on 2 Census hirings

Jul. 8, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Commerce's inspector general has asked the Census Bureau for information related to the hiring process of two men whose appointments to top positions have drawn sharp criticism. The bureau said Wednesday it plans to respond to the request. Commerce Department...

This April 5, 2020, photo shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is in power, what laws pass or fail and whether communities of color get a voice in their states. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Top Democrat calls new Census staffers 'starkly partisan'

Jun. 23, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A top House Democrat on Tuesday said the addition of two new staffers to top positions at the U.S. Census Bureau is an effort by the Trump administration to politicize the federal government's largest statistical agency during its biggest operation. In a news release Tuesday, the...