Attorney General William Barr says he sees way to legally include citizenship question on 2020 census

 

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 administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to add the controversial census query. Barr would not detail the plans, though a senior official said President Donald Trump is expected to issue a memorandum to the Commerce Department instructing it to include the question on census forms. (Chi. Tribune)

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Elizabeth Warren raises $19.1 million, topping liberal rival Bernie Sanders in fundraising

Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in the second quarter, her campaign said Monday, cementing her status in the top tier of Democratic presidential contenders and surpassing Bernie Sanders, her main liberal rival. The strong showing leaves the Massachusetts senator behind only Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor who reported nearly $25 million, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who has tallied $21.5 million since his candidacy began in late April. (Chi. Tribune)

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Rep. Eric Swalwell is the first candidate to drop out of the 2020 race for president

 

Rep. Eric Swalwell on Monday became the first candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary to exit the campaign, saying he would run for reelection to his California congressional seat next year. Swalwell, 38, announced his exit in his home district, describing his decision as "the beginning of an opportunity in Congress with a new perspective" influenced by his 3-month-long presidential bid. (Chi. Tribune)

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President Trump will ‘no longer deal’ with British ambassador who called him ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘inept’

 

President Donald Trump says he will “no longer deal” with the British ambassador to the United States following the leak of frank cables assessing his administration. Trump says of the ambassador, Kim Darroch, "I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the U.S." He tweets, "We will no longer deal with him." Darroch's cables branded Trump's administration "dysfunctional" and "inept." He also said there are doubts about whether the White House "will ever look competent" and that the only way to communicate with Trump is by being simple and blunt. (Chi. Tribune)

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Baltimore's spending board mistakenly voted to all but wipe out amount city collects in homeowners' taxes

A typo in a document approved by Baltimore’s powerful spending board almost led the city to reduce property taxes for homeowners to close to zero. The error in the May vote was caught, and Wednesday the board is expected to approve a fix. The problem arose with a credit designed to reduce how much people pay in taxes on their owner-occupied homes — to an average of 2.048% of assessed value, down from the city’s normal rate of 2.248%. (Balt. Sun)

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Scott Taylor challenges Mark Warner for Virginia Senate seat

Republican former Rep. Scott Taylor says he's running for U.S. Senate in Virginia, hoping to unseat Democrat Mark Warner. Taylor said on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" on Monday "we have a leadership crisis in Virginia" and "we need a fresh start in the Senate." Taylor is an ex-Navy SEAL who served one term as a representative from Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, which includes the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He lost his reelection bid to Democrat Elaine Luria in 2018. Warner is a former Virginia governor and was first elected to the Senate in 2008. He's the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee and has accused President Donald Trump of disrespecting U.S. allies and ingratiating himself with adversaries. (Delmarva)

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Baltimore taps veteran employee to lead transportation department

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young has hired from within the ranks of city government to fill the top job at the city’s struggling Department of Transportation. Young’s office said on Monday that the mayor hired Steve Sharkey as the department’s director. For the past seven years he served as director of the Department of General Services. “Steve Sharkey brings extensive and tested experience to his new role as transportation director. He knows our city intimately and has established a long career working across agencies to increase positive outcomes,” Young said in a statement. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan urges ratification of U.S. trade deal with Canada, Mexico

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is urging the state’s members of Congress to approve a proposed trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would reset trade rules for the three countries. It would replace the 1990s-era North American Free Trade Agreement. “This fair, flexible, and modernized trade agreement allows Maryland to strengthen our partnerships with Canada and Mexico and promote economic growth while ensuring a rules-based environment that will help American workers thrive,” Hogan, a Republican, wrote Monday to members of the congressional delegation. (Balt. Sun)

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