Trump: “I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census.” The law: They can’t.

Trump: “I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census.” The law: They can’t.

The president can keep fighting to add a citizenship question, but he’s up against a very clear deadline. President Donald Trump really wants the 2020 census to ask everyone in the United States if they are a US citizen. The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the rationale provided by his administration in adding the question was a fake pretext, casting doubt on whether there’s enough time to actually put the question on the forms….

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Pelosi on latest sexual assault allegation against Trump: “I don’t know what Congress’s role would be”

Pelosi on latest sexual assault allegation against Trump: “I don’t know what Congress’s role would be”

Democrats as a whole have had a similar reaction to Pelosi. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t think there’s room for Congress to investigate the columnist E. Jean Carroll’s recent allegations that President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-1990s. “I don’t know the person — it doesn’t matter if I did or not. I respect that, but I don’t know what Congress’s role would be in this,”…

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The Supreme Court, gerrymandering, and the Republican turn against democracy

The Supreme Court, gerrymandering, and the Republican turn against democracy

A bigger threat to American democracy than Donald Trump. The Supreme Court’s Thursday morning ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause amounts to a blank check for partisan gerrymandering. Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion holds that federal courts should not have the power to declare particular maps unconstitutional, as doing so would be “unprecedented expansion of judicial power … into one of the most intensely partisan aspects of American political life.” What this means, in practice,…

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Twitter won’t censor Trump’s rule-breaking tweets, but it will make them harder to find

Twitter won’t censor Trump’s rule-breaking tweets, but it will make them harder to find

Is this the fix to one of Twitter’s most delicate problems? Tweets from world leaders that would ordinarily break Twitter’s rules but are kept up because they are considered newsworthy — such as attacks from President Donald Trump — are about to get harder to see. On Thursday, Twitter announced a new policy that tries to strike a balance on a question that has long vexed the platform: How can it protect free speech rights…

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How lemurs (and humans) are cooling off in Europe’s record heat wave

How lemurs (and humans) are cooling off in Europe’s record heat wave

What Europe’s sweltering heat wave looks like. A massive, potentially deadly heat wave has settled in over Europe this week. Temperatures in some cities have topped 105 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking records. It may get worse, as Vox’s Umair Irfan explains, with the heat rising to 110 degrees by Friday in some locations. The heat is widespread: There’s nowhere to beat the heat from Portugal to Poland. In Spain, it’s exacerbating a dangerous 10,000-acre wildfire. Elsewhere…

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Bank of America cuts ties with the private prison industry

Bank of America cuts ties with the private prison industry

The decision came a day after bank officials reportedly toured Homestead, a migrant children’s shelter they had been financing. Bank of America, one of the last big Wall Street banks to fund the private prison industry, announced Wednesday that it would be exiting the detention industry. The move comes one day after bank officials toured the Homestead center — a private shelter near Miami that has been under attack for detaining migrant children for long…

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