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Megathread | Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census

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President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to demand citizenship details from all respondents in next year’s census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases.


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Trump Says He’s Dropping Effort To Get Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

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President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is dropping his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, an abrupt reversal that came after Trump repeatedly insisted he would push ahead with trying to add the question.

Rather than add the question to the 2020 census, which will go to every household in America, Trump instructed other executive agencies to immediately provide all of their citizenship records to the Department of Commerce, which oversees the census. Census Bureau officials authored a memo last year arguing they could better collect citizenship data using existing government administrative records. 

Although the Trump administration has said since 2017 it needed the citizenship question for better enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, critics have long said that rationale is fake. At his Thursday announcement, Trump seemed to confirm that. He did not mention the Voting Rights Act and instead focused on how the data could be used to draw districts based only on the citizen voting-age population. 

“Some states may want to draw state and local legislative districts based upon the voter eligible population. Indeed the same day the Supreme Court handed down the census decision, it also said it would not review certain types of districting decisions, which could encourage states to make such decisions based on voter eligibility,” he said. 

“With today’s order, we will conduct all of the information we need in order to conduct an accurate census and to make responsible decisions about public policy, voting rights, and representation in Congress,” he added.

Congressional seats allocated to states and districts are drawn based on the total population, and switching to using only the citizen voting-age population would benefit non-Hispanic whites. States could still use citizenship data the Trump administration obtains through other means to draw districts this way. 

Trump’s decision is the latest in a stunning series of twists that have come since the U.S. Supreme Court essentially blocked his administration from adding the question late last month. Justice Department lawyers said they faced a hard deadline of July 1 to print the census questionnaires, and lawyers confirmed on July 2 that the forms were being printed without a citizenship question.

Shortly after, however, Trump dismissed news reports saying he was dropping the question. A day later, lawyers reversed course in court, saying they had been instructed to add the question after all.

Trump’s decision is a victory for civil rights groups, as well as a coalition of states and advocacy groups, that successfully sued to block the question from going on the census. The groups argued that adding a citizenship question was a blatant effort to intimidate immigrants and minorities from responding to the census. 

“At the very least we have avoided irreparable damage. Or at least, we’ve avoided the biggest potential for irreparable damage,” said Justin Levitt, a former Justice Department official in the Obama administration. “The thing that was most firmly in jeopardy here is the basic count of who is where in the country.”

Even though there won’t be a citizenship question on the census, Levitt said the Trump administration could still try and stir up confusion about responding to the survey. 

The Census Bureau’s own experts said fewer people would respond to the survey on their own if it included a citizenship question. An undercount of the U.S. population would have lasting consequences because census data is used to allocate around $880 billion in federal funds each year and is the baseline for business and academic data. 

Had Trump chosen to push ahead with a citizenship question, he likely would have faced an uphill battle in court. The Constitution gives Congress — not the president — power over the U.S. Census Bureau. Although Congress gave the secretary of commerce broad authority over the census, the executive branch is still bound by federal laws that prohibit agencies from making policy decisions without going through certain processes to guarantee fairness. There are also multiple court injunctions in place blocking the citizenship question from going on the census.

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Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, 20, died 'under natural circumstances,' coroner says

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The “Jessie” and “Descendants” actor died due to “an ongoing medical condition,” a family spokesperson told ABC News on Saturday. USA TODAY

Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce’s cause of death has been revealed. 

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office announced Thursday that Boyce, 20, died of natural causes on July 6 after he was found unresponsive at his North Hollywood home.

“Preliminary information suggests the death occurred under natural circumstances,” the coroner’s office said in a news release. “The final cause and manner of death will be determined at a later date.”

The preliminary findings come days after Boyce’s cause of death was deferred “pending additional investigation” following an autopsy performed on July 8. 

Cameron Boyce:Cause of death is deferred ‘pending further investigation’

Boyce’s family told ABC News – which is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group owned by the Walt Disney Company – that the actor succumbed to a seizure.

“He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated,” the family told ABC. 

Boyce’s father described his son’s sudden death as a “nightmare I can’t wake up from.”

Victor Boyce took to Instagram on Wednesday to share one of the last pictures taken of the star, “just hours before he was snatched from our lives.”

“My son … I miss him terribly,” Victor captioned an image of a smirking Boyce, who’s best known for his roles in the Disney Channel series “Jesse” and the “Descendants” franchise.

He added: “I hope that no one ever has to feel the agony I’m feeling but no one is immune to tragedy.”

‘So much more was on the way’: Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce has died at 20

Victor thanked everyone for their condolences during his family’s difficult time. 

“The outpouring of love and support our family continues to receive is so beautiful and appreciated,” he wrote. “Thank you all for helping us through our worst possible situation.”

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Amanda Seyfried Calls Out ‘Semi-Influencer’ For Bikini Photo

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Amanda Seyfried couldn’t hold back from calling out an influencer over a postpartum bikini photo. 

The actress used social media to address Arielle Charnas ― also known as Something Navy on Instagram ― after Charnas posted a picture of herself in a swimsuit with the caption “Proud of my body after two kids” earlier this week.

Charnas shared the photo on her personal account, which has 1.2 million followers. 

While some followers praised Charnas for her photo and caption, others found the messaging harmful ― Seyfried included. 

Though the “Mamma Mia” actress didn’t name Charnas directly, she reposted a comment her friend left on Charnas’ page. Seyfried, who has a 2-year-old daughter, then relayed her own thoughts about the photo in her caption. 

Seyfried dubbed Charnas — who collaborates with Nordstrom and whom Women’s Wear Daily called a “super influencer” — a “semi-influencer.” 

“If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting,” Seyfried wrote, adding that Charnas blocked both her and her friend. 

“If you know who you are- take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it- in the big picture,” the actress said, writing “INFLUENCE = POWER. And if you’re taking advantage of that – EMPOWER,” in a subsequent Instagram post. 

In a since-expired Instagram story, Charnas said that she felt “bullied” and “punished because I’m thin.” Charnas did not immediately reply to HuffPost’s request for comment. 

Seyfried received criticism for her post and later wrote in her Instagram comments, “I’m sorry if this stinks of [judgment]. It’s not meant to. It’s all a discussion that needs to be had.” 

Charnas’ husband, Brandon Charnas, seemingly poked fun at Seyfried’s post in the caption of a photo he posted of himself and Arielle on his account Thursday. He sarcastically issued “warnings” from the “ABSA or the “American Body Shaming Association” on the picture. 

In the fake “warnings,” he wrote, “This body is not attainable,” “Please do not attempt to attain such body by working out,” and “if you attempt to attain, you must have at least three nannys and be sure to not only pay them but also thank them in a minimum of 4 shoutouts a week on Instagram,” along with a few others. 

In the comments, Arielle simply wrote “I love you honey.” 

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Indiana brothers accused of trying to support ISIS

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted two Indiana brothers for allegedly attempting to provide firearms and other support to the Islamic State (ISIS).

Moyad Dannon, 21, and Mahde Dannon, 20, both of Fishers,appeared in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, where they face various firearms-related charges and one count of attempting to provide material support and resources, including firearms, to the terrorist group.

The younger Dannon was already awaiting trial on felony theft charges when he introduced his brother to a person working for the FBI in a scheme to provide firearms to the informant, the Justice Department said.

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Two Indiana brothers are accused of attempting to provide the Islamic State with firearms and material support. (Department of Justice)

Federal prosecutors said the pair sold illegally obtained firearms to the informant between July and December 2018. They began to make “ghost guns,” weapons that can’t be traced, by purchasing firearms parts without serial numbers online and making .223-caliber semi-automatic rifles.

Those rifles were sold to an undercover FBI agent introduced to the pair by the informant, according to prosecutors. In February, Moyad Dannon traveled with the undercover agent to the U.S.-Mexico border to sell rifles to a potential buyer who said the weapons were going to be shipped to the Middle East for ISIS.

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The brothers agreed to make 55 more untraceable rifles they were told would be used by ISIS. They were arrested May 15 during a sting.

Both men face up to 10 years for each firearms charge and 20 years for attempting to provide support to ISIS.

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France Moves to Tax Tech Giants, Stoking Fight With White House

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PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron’s government waded into a potentially messy fight with the White House on Thursday as French lawmakers voted to impose a tax on Facebook, Google and other American technology giants despite a blunt warning from the Trump administration.

The measure, which the White House said could amount to an unfair trade practice, is likely to be signed into law by Mr. Macron within two weeks, placing France squarely in the cross hairs of President Trump’s escalating trade wars.

The finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, told the French Senate before the vote that Steven Mnuchin, the United States Treasury secretary, and Robert Lighthizer, the White House’s top trade negotiator, phoned him on Wednesday to say the United States is opening an investigation into the French tax using a mechanism Mr. Trump had already employed to impose sweeping tariffs on China.

It was the first time in the history of French-American relations that the United States had taken such a step, Mr. Le Maire said. “I believe that between allies we can and must sort out differences in other ways than by using threats,” he said.

“France is a sovereign nation that decides its own tax rules. And this will continue to be the case,” he added.

France has moved independently from the European Union to seek a tax on technology companies after little progress was made in creating Europe-wide rules to tax the largest tech platforms. Mr. Macron accelerated the French tax plan this year after waves of so-called Yellow Vest protesters forced his government to make billions of euros in spending concessions that widened the country’s budget shortfall.

Mr. Le Maire described Thursday’s vote as a pivotal moment in which governments needed to stand up to digital behemoths that he said were becoming the equivalent of sovereign states acting with virtual impunity as they maneuvered to keep their tax bills low across the world.

“We’re being confronted with the emergence of economic giants that are monopolistic and that not only want to control the maximum amount of data, but also escape fair taxes,” he said. “It’s a question of justice.”

France is seeking a 3 percent tax on the revenues that companies earn from providing digital services to French users. It would apply to digital businesses with annual global revenue of more than 750 million euros, or about $845 million, and sales of €25 million in France. That would cover more than two dozen companies, many of them American, including Facebook, Google and Amazon.

The government expects to collect around €500 million, or about $563 million. France’s General Assembly passed the bill last week.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Lighthizer said the United States was “very concerned that the digital services tax which is expected to pass the French Senate tomorrow unfairly targets American companies.”

“The president has directed that we investigate the effects of this legislation and determine whether it is discriminatory or unreasonable and burdens or restricts United States commerce,” Mr. Lighthizer said.

The European Commission last year proposed modernizing tax policies across the bloc as a way to keep pace with the digital economy, but countries have been unable to reach an agreement.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is also trying to hammer out a deal for taxing digital companies across countries, but the slow pace of the talks has frustrated European nations.

Mr. Le Maire said that if anything, the disarray underscored the need for the United States to help formulate an accord on the international taxation of digital services. He urged Mr. Mnuchin to participate in accelerated talks at a meeting of finance ministers of the Group of 7 richest nations in Chantilly, France, next week.

Governments across Europe fear their tax base will fall as more commerce moves online because digital businesses are able to make use of subsidiaries in low-tax countries to avoid paying taxes elsewhere in Europe. The European Commission estimates digital companies pay an average effective tax rate of 9.5 percent, compared with 23 percent for more traditional businesses.

“It’s totally unjust and ineffective,” Mr. Le Maire said. “How will we finance our environmental needs, our schools, day care centers, hospitals and colleges if we don’t tax them at the same level” as other goods or services? he added.

France’s digital tax adds to the list of actions that European authorities have taken against the tech industry for anticompetitive business practices, unpaid taxes and lax privacy standards. And more regulation looms. Amazon and Facebook are facing antitrust inquiries from the European Commission.

France and Britain are mulling new social media laws to stop the spread of hate speech and other harmful content. Ireland has several investigations open against Facebook and Google for violating European privacy laws.

The companies have taken advantage of old rules that allow profit to be booked based on where value is created. Without a brick-and-mortar business that sells physical goods, digital services can funnel profits through low-tax countries. In 2016, the European Commission ordered Apple to repay $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes to Ireland.

On Thursday, Britain provided further details about its own proposal to tax tech companies. Starting in 2020, it plans to impose a 2 percent tax on revenue from companies that provide a social media platform, search engine or online marketplace to British users. The proposal was unveiled last year.

In Britain Google paid 66 million pounds in taxes last year on revenue in the country of over 1.4 billion pounds, according to a regulatory filing. In 2017, Facebook paid 17 million pounds in British taxes on sales of 1.3 billion pounds. Spain and Germany have also mulled a digital tax.

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General Assembly’s Gun Control Session Ends Without Decision, Sen. Kaine Weighs-In

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“I saw in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech when I was governor. My republican legislature would work with me on mental health issues, they would work with me on campus safety protocol, they’d work with me on information sharing, but what they wouldn’t work with me on was common-sense gun safety measures,” said Kaine.

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Nicole Kidman gets her first dog: ‘Been waiting my whole life for this!’

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Nicole Kidman has a new best friend!

The veteran actress posted a photo to Instagram on Wednesday, revealing the newest member of her family.

“My first puppy… actually my first dog. Been waiting my whole life for this!” she captioned the photo, along with a dog emoji.

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Kidman has not revealed the new puppy’s name as of yet, but the adorable pet joins the “Big Little Lies” star’s growing family, which includes husband and country singer Keith Urban, along with their two daughters, Sunday Rose, 11, and Faith Margaret, 8.

Although Kidman has showed off her parenting skills in dozens of movies over the years, she rarely posts glimpses of her actual family at home. Earlier this week, however, the Oscar-winner posted a rare photo of her children during a trip to Paris, in honor of Sunday’s recent birthday.

‘BIG LITTLE LIES’ STAR NICOLE KIDMAN PRAISED HER HUSBAND KEITH URBAN FOR WATCHING ALL HER GRAPHIC SCENES

In a May cover story for Vanity Fair, Kidman discussed her parenting philosophies and confessed she prevents her children from using social media.

“They don’t have a phone and I don’t allow them to have an Instagram,” Kidman said of her daughters.

The actress also revealed her children have taken an interest in the arts, with Faith taking up the violin, and Sunday expressing an interest in acting, as well as learning piano. However, Kidman insists her daughters’ interests are not because of her influence.

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“You can’t really get kids into anything, I’ve realized,” she told the magazine. “You can push them a bit, but motivation is a really hard thing. I mean, nobody motivated me to be an actor; if anything they tried to deter me.”

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Suspect arrested in murder of California adult book store clerk during armed robbery

Police in northern California have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the murder of an adult bookstore clerk during an armed robbery.

Modesto Police say Favian Ramirez faces murder and robbery charges in the death of 38-year-old Cinnamon Eades. He is being held without bail.

Officers responding to the Liberty Adult Books shop found Eades bleeding on the floor behind the counter at approximately 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries.

CALIFORNIA MAN KILLED IN COSTCO SHOOTING WAS NONVERBAL, HAD INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY, FAMILY SAYS

“It felt like a whodunit,” Modesto Police spokeswoman Sharon Bear of told Fox 40. “We were not sure if it was someone who was known to the victim. We didn’t know if it was a customer.”

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Favian Ramirez, left, and Cinnamon Eades (Modesto Police Department/Facebook)

Police say Ramirez approached Eades to make a purchase before shooting her and grabbing an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and fleeing the scene. Ramirez was identified with the help of surveillance footage and other information from a local used-car dealership, where he had been test-driving a vehicle that he drove to the bookstore.

Authorities tracked Ramirez to a home in Ceres, just southeast of Modesto. Ramirez fled the house when he saw the SWAT team  but was arrested a short time later.

CALIFORNIA MAN, 62, CONVICTED IN BRUTAL MURDERS OF FAMILY OF 4 IN DESERT

“We set up a perimeter and were able to take him into custody,” said Bear.

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A store employee told Fox40 that it would be closed for at least a week out of respect for Eades and her family. The station reported that Eades was a mother of two small boys and a grown daughter.

“She was just amazing,” friend Mikala Price told KCRA 3. “Anybody who met her, she would just light up a room.”

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Fox News’ Kira Grant contributed to this report.

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General Assembly’s Gun Control Session Ends Without Decision, Sen. Kaine Weighs-In

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“I saw in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech when I was governor. My republican legislature would work with me on mental health issues, they would work with me on campus safety protocol, they’d work with me on information sharing, but what they wouldn’t work with me on was common-sense gun safety measures,” said Kaine.

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