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The Latest: White House slams contempt vote for officials

Jul. 18, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House effort to hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The White House is slamming the Democrat-controlled House's vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to...

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The House voted, 230-198, to hold Attorney General William...

Michigan tribe gets $2M grant for manufacturing center

Jul. 17, 2019 5:34 AM EDT

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based Native American tribe is receiving $2 million in federal funds to help build a manufacturing and warehouse facility. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the grant Tuesday for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. It will be matched with...

Trump says he will not impose uranium quotas

Jul. 13, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will not impose quotas on importing uranium, backing away from a possible trade confrontation and breaking with a Commerce Department assessment that America's use of foreign uranium raises national security concerns. The decision is unusual for Trump, who...

Trump citizenship plan will face logistical, legal hurdles

Jul. 12, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population "or more." But his plan will likely be limited by logistical hurdles...

Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

Jul. 11, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to inject a citizenship question into next year's census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. He insisted he was "not backing down," declaring in a Rose Garden...

Judge stops government lawyers quitting census question case

Jul. 10, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Justice Department can't replace nine lawyers so late in the dispute over whether to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census without explaining why it's doing so, a judge says. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman, who earlier this year ruled against adding the citizenship...

Barr sees a legal way to ask about citizenship on census

Jul. 9, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Monday he sees a way to legally require 2020 census respondents to declare whether or not they are citizens, despite a Supreme Court ruling that forbade asking the question. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Trump...

Barr sees a way for census to legally ask about citizenship

Jul. 8, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Monday he sees a way to legally require 2020 census respondents to declare whether or not they are citizens, despite a Supreme Court ruling that forbade asking the question. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Trump...

Editorials from around New England

Jul. 5, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: ___ CONNECTICUT This Independence Day we have a new fight upon us. We're angry, alienated and losing hope. Hartford Courant July 4 This weekend we celebrate being American and all that goes with it, from going to the beach to gathering with friends to maybe doing a little...