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AG Barr says Trump administration can legally add citizenship question to census

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he believes the Trump administration can legally add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, though the Supreme Court ruled against its inclusion last month.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said he has been in regular contact with President Trump about the question, which the president is determined to see featured on the decennial survey.

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Obama appointed federal judge blocks Trump Administration to require drug prices in TV ads

A federal judge on Monday blocked the Trump administration Opens a New Window. from implementing a new rule that would force pharmaceutical companies Opens a New Window. to include the wholesale prices of their drugs in television advertising.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington, D.C. Opens a New Window. , sided with drugmakers Merck & Co Inc, Eli Lilly and Co and Amgen Inc by halting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule from taking effect on Tuesday as planned.

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross abruptly cancels meeting over presence of British Ambassador

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross abruptly canceled a long-planned meeting with Britain’s Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox Tuesday because the British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch was also due to attend.

A Trump administration source said that the meeting was jettisoned because of the row over leaked secret cables from Darroch that described President Trump as “inept” and “incompetent.” The source said that it showed the rift between the Trump administration over the leaks was “a real thing” and growing.

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UK’s Tommy Robinson to request emergency political asylum in the US

The United States Refugee Act of 1980, which is consistent with the United Nations’ 1967 Protocol on Refugees, provides for the resettlement of persons subject to persecution in their homelands and includes cases where persons are likely to face persecution for their “political opinion”.

Some of Robinson’s supporters have expressed fears that another spell in prison could represent a death sentence if he is incarcerated amongst a large Muslim jail population.

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DOJ changes lawyers working on Census citizenship question

A DOJ official told the Washington Post that the entire team on the case will be replaced with lawyers from the department’s Civil Division and Consumer Protection Branch. It is unclear if the change is due to internal tensions over the Trump administration’s decision to move forward with the case.

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