Report: Trump’s citizenship question in 2020 census could undercount 24 million people

A new 2020 decennial census policy means some 24.3 million people could skip answering the critical form if they believe their names and other personal information could be shared with law enforcement, according to a Brookings Institute analysis released Friday.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced late Monday that it will restore a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire, at the behest of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Chief Justice of the United States has no clue how elections work

The Chief Justice of the United States is allergic to political science. He harbors numerous misconceptions about how voters behave and how they think. And these misconceptions often form the basis for his judicial decisions.

With Chief Justice John Roberts poised to become the Supreme Court’s crucial “swing vote” if any of the five justices to his left leave Court, these misconceptions could soon weave themselves into the way the court interprets the Constitution....

Republicans now want to the balance the federal budget after passing $1 trillion tax cut

Congressional Republicans are planning to push a balanced budget amendment when they return from recess in April, Politico reported on Wednesday. The vote comes directly after many of those same Republicans voted to pass two massively expensive measures, a $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill and a $1 trillion dollar tax cut that primarily benefits the wealthiest Americans.

The attempt at a balanced budget amendment is mostly a shiny gimmick meant to gin up support for Republicans as ...

The 2020 Census citizenship question will affect your health care

Monday’s announcement that the 2020 census will include a question about citizenship was quickly met with uproar. Census data, is in a very big way, the bedrock of our democracy, as it’s used to decide congressional seats and electors in each state and how voting districts are drawn.

But it’s also incredibly important how federal funds are divvied out to state and localities. And that includes health care.

Asking about citizenship on the census dissuades man...

Justice John Paul Stevens isn’t helping the gun debate

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens argues in a New York Times op-ed published Tuesday morning that “a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.”

It’s a provocative claim, but it also raises serious questions about what planet Justice Stevens is living on. As University of Texas...