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Census, Tropical Storm Barry, ‘The Lion King’: Your Thursday Evening Briefing



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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population.”

That was President Trump, announcing from the Rose Garden this afternoon that he was abandoning his battle to put a citizenship question on the census, saying the government would instead find citizenship data from existing federal records to provide a “full, complete and accurate count.”

Earlier, conservative fringe figures had their moment with Mr. Trump during a “social media summit,” sharing stories of what they call discrimination and suppression on the internet.

Our White House correspondent Katie Rogers live-tweeted the president’s remarks, which sometimes resembled his own staccato posts: “Shadow ban. 100 percent. The blocking, just the basic blocking of what we want to get out.”

2. Tropical Storm Barry is heading toward the Louisiana coast. Parts of New Orleans have already flooded, and there’s a lot more rain in the forecast.

The slow-moving storm is expected make landfall early Saturday, possibly as a hurricane. The Mississippi River is expected to crest close to 20 feet, and evacuations are beginning. About 10 to 15 inches of rain is predicted to fall starting late tonight through the weekend. Here’s what you need to know.


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