Suit: Even citizens could suffer if Census asks about citizenship

By Tara Bahrampour | The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — In the weeks since the Commerce Department announced plans to add a controversial question about citizenship to the 2020 Census, immigrant advocates have warned it will depress the decennial count among non-citizens and their families, who may fear filling out the survey.

But a federal suit seeking to block the question aims to show how it would affect a broad swath of people — including U.S. citizens — living in areas that have a high proportion of immigrants and minorities and are vulnerable to being undercounted.

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Plaintiffs in the suit, which is backed by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, include Maryland residents such as Robyn Kravitz, whose 12-year-old son needs mental health services provided through Title 1 funds to schools with more low-income students; Nnabugwu Nwosu, who drives on heavily-congested local roads and sends his child to a Title 1-funded school; and Joanne Wilson, whose children don’t walk to school because there are no sidewalks, and who drives on roads riddled with potholes. Funding for Title 1 and transportation infrastructure is based on decennial Census data.

The suit, filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, named these families as well as two plaintiffs in Arizona to illustrate how the services they receive through federal funding could be reduced if not enough people in their area fill out the census survey in 2020. Last week 12 more plaintiffs, including residents of Nevada, Texas, and Florida and two more in Maryland and Arizona, were added; all but one are U.S. citizens.

The lawsuit is being coordinated by the National Redistricting Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with …read more

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Trump reportedly already getting annoyed at Giuliani

By Jonathan Lemire | Associated Press

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump is growing increasingly irritated with lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s frequently off-message media blitz, in which he has muddied the waters on hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels and made claims that could complicate the president’s standing in the special counsel’s Russia probe.

Trump has begun questioning whether Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, should be sidelined from television interviews, according to two people familiar with the president’s thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.

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Trump also expressed annoyance that Giuliani’s theatrics have breathed new life into the Daniels story and extended its lifespan. It’s a concern shared by Trump allies who think Giuliani is only generating more legal and political trouble for the White House.

Giuliani, the newest addition to the president’s legal team, first rattled the White House last week when he sat for interviews on Fox News and seemed to contradict Trump’s previous statements by saying the president was aware of the October 2016 payout to Daniels from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. He also suggested the settlement with Daniels had been made because Trump was in the stretch run of his presidential campaign.

After Trump chided Giuliani on Friday, saying the lawyer needed to “get his facts straight,” the former mayor put out a statement trying to clarify his remarks. But in weekend interviews, Giuliani appeared to dig himself a deeper hole by acknowledging that “Cohen takes care of situations like this, then gets paid for them sometimes.” He did not rule out the possibility that Cohen had paid off other women.

Trump, who has denied the affair with Daniels, …read more

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NY attorney general accused of abuse by 4 women

Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office has taken on a high-profile role in the fight against sexual misconduct, was physically violent with four women he was romantically involved with, according to their accounts which were published on Monday in The New Yorker.

Two women spoke on the record, saying Schneiderman repeatedly hit them during the course of their relationships with him in recent years, and never with their consent. Neither woman filed any police complaints, but both said they sought out medical attention and confided in people close to them about the abuse.

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A third woman who also was involved with him told her story to the other two women, but said she was too frightened to come forward. A fourth woman said Schneiderman slapped her when she rebuffed him, but also asked to remain unidentified. The New Yorker said it vetted the third woman’s allegations, and saw a photo of what the fourth woman said was her injury.

The two women who spoke on the record, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, both said the physical abuse escalated over time, and that Schneiderman also was a heavy drinker. The Associated Press is identifying the women because they agreed to tell their stories publicly.

Asked for comment, Schneiderman, a Democrat, issued a statement to The New Yorker saying, “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is I line I would not cross.”

His representatives sent the same statement to The Associated Press when asked about the accusations. They also sent a …read more

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Trump expected to dump Iran deal

By Karen DeYoung, Anne Gearan and David Nakamura | Washington Post

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to announce Tuesday that he will not continue a waiver of sanctions against Iran, according to current and former U.S. and foreign officials, a major step toward ending the nuclear agreement he has called an “insane” deal that “never, ever should have been made.”

The decision follows the failure of last-ditch efforts by the three European signatories to the agreement to convince Trump that his concerns about “flaws” in the 2015 accord could be addressed without violating its terms or ending it altogether.

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While the deal itself contains no provisions for withdrawal, Iran has threatened to reactivate its nuclear program if the United States reneges on any of its obligations under the pact’s terms.

France and Germany, whose leaders visited Washington, D.C., in recent weeks to appeal to Trump, have warned that nullification of the agreement could lead to all-out war in the Middle East. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in Washington on Monday, said that as far as he knows, the administration has no clear “Plan B” for what to do next.

Trump tweeted Monday that he would announce his decision at 2 p.m. Tuesday. He is free to reimpose all U.S. sanctions, and even announce new ones. But he is expected to stop short of reneging on the deal altogether. Instead, he will address a portion of the wide range of sanctions that were waived when the deal was first implemented, while leaving in limbo other waivers that are due in July.

The affected sanctions, imposed by Congress in 2012, require other countries to reduce Iranian oil imports or risk …read more

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