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David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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Oral arguments in DC Circuit Court of Appeals on House Oversight Committee’s subpoena of President Trump’s accounting firm for his financial records. Tierney Sneed is in the courtroom, and Josh Kovensky is live-blogging it via the streaming audio.

Word is trickling out that a federal judge in Maryland has moved up a deadline for the Justice Department to confirm that a citizenship question will not be on the 2020 census form.

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laid out where we are the census citizenship question as of mid-afternoon today, but this report from CNN nicely captures the inanity of the President acting out on Twitter while lawyers are trying to represent the government in an actual federal court with rules and consequences and such:

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In a series of cryptic tweets since last night, President Trump has seemingly contradicted the announcement from his own Justice Department yesterday that it was dropping the effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Now it appears those tweets have caught the attention of the federal judge handling one of the cases challenging the citizenship question. U.S. District Judge George Hazel fo Maryland has summoned lawyers for a conference call later this afternoon.

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As you’ll see in our main story, the Justice Department this afternoon alerted lawyers challenging the census citizenship question in court that the 2020 census forms will be sent to the printer without the question on it.

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President Trump himself has already tweeted that he’s gunning to get the citizenship question on the census form for 2020 come hell or high water, despite today’s Supreme Court ruling.

How does he do that?

I mentioned earlier the time constraints the administration is operating under, namely how do you develop an administrative record in the compressed time frame between now and 2020. But longtime TPM Reader WT suggests that the administration may just declare a new rationale for the citizenship question, say the administrative record already exists and rely on the Roberts’ decision as basically a green light to proceed (emphases mine):

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