Update On Barry And New Orleans – Open Thread

Eric Holthaus is retweeting a bunch of useful information:


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    Yutsano says:

    Wait…how are you getting tweets? I just tried to send one and it was a massive fail.

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    My Twitter seems to be working again. For a little while after it came on, my ability to send tweets was spotty, but everything seems fine now.

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    jl says:

    Trump effectively gives up on Census citizenship question. Looks like he’s getting ready to use it for a campaign rally BS talking point, for more easy wild cheers.

    Parts I heard indicate Trump doesn’t know states redistrict not the feds, doesn’t understand how Census data is used or difference between allocating House seats to states and drawing Congressional districts, he admits he wants to do dirty deeds with the data, the data he needs is already collected, and his order or whatever, doesn’t do anything to make it easier for him to get the data to people who want to do dirty things with it. Still harping on his delusion or lie, that millions and billions and gazillions of non-citizens voted in 2016 election.

    Other than that, the statement made perfect sense and was top and terrific, really first class.

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    @jl: HAHAHAHAHA!

    Neal Katyal speculates that the lawyers finally got through to him.

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    jl says:

    @Cheryl Rofer: “The Census Bureau projected that using previously available records, it could determine citizenship for 90% of our population or more.”

    The Census has already been doing that for years. From what I heard, Trump also wants to get non-Census data directed to people who want to misuse it.

    Probably took rotating teams of flunkies to persuade and confuse him up enough that this wasn’t surrender, but a clever way forward.

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    Baud says:

    @Cheryl Rofer:

    “Let me explain discovery to you, sir.”

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    jl says:

    Critical Point: GOPs want all residents counted for getting House seats and electoral votes and federal money. But they want districts based on citizenship alone. So get all the goodies that goes with higher population but keep the electoral power outside the cities.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Trump backed away from an attempt to force a question about US citizenship onto the US census, announcing in a press conference that he was instead directing federal agencies to share government records in order to assemble an estimate of the number of citizens and non-citizens living in the United States.

    I’m sorry, does anyone else see a process open for complete Republican tomfuckery or am I being paranoid?

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    David Koch says:

    Megan America Great Again (photo) 🏳️‍🌈

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    Shana says:

    @TenguPhule: No, you’re not being paranoid.

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    J R in WV says:

    I think that in the reality we all (excluding Trump) live in, the Census bureau has fairly total info on citizenship counts down to congressional districts, if not to counties.

    So all this was ignorance and bullying pushing against the Federal standards for changing long-standing methods and procedures, which require evidence based reasons for changing stuff, as opposed to making it different BECAUSE I SAID SO!!! which isn’t a reason, really. Not at all, really.

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