What We’re Following
A federal judge threw a wrench in the Trump administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census, declaring that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated federal law by providing the public with false rationales on its inclusion. Groups suspicious of the question have long fretted that it could lead undocumented immigrants to forgo filling out the census. Now comes an appeal to the Supreme Court, but even if the administration doesn’t get its way, seeds of distrust have already been planted.
President Donald Trump might command much of the media spotlight. Here’s a look at a few staffers who will help command policy: Andrew Wheeler, Trump’s pick to lead the EPA, had his turn on the congressional hot seat today. If confirmed, the former coal lobbyist could be a skilled tactician at rolling back environmental regulations. Meanwhile, lesser-known Shahira Knight, the president’s top liaison with Congress—and shutdown negotiator—has managed to conduct her work behind the scenes and evade controversy. Finally, William Barr, likely the next attorney general, seemed to appease congressional Democrats in his confirmation hearing. But why does Barr, a veteran lawyer who already served as attorney general under George H. W. Bush, want the job at all?