The Michigan rep leaves the Republican party, an extraordinarily unique couple gets hitched, the July jobs report was released and more…
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The DOJ has been seeking to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census, citing the data as critical to the department’s enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Those against it argue it would make residents less likely to return census forms, which would harm the count and impact the apportionment of Congress (the process through which House seats are assigned to states based on population).
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled against the DOJ, stating that the current justification for adding the question was insufficient, though didn’t explicitly say it could not be asked.
Earlier this week, DOJ officials announced they would not be pursuing adding the citizenship question to the census and had begun to print it without the question, only to reverse the announcement the next day to say they will continue to pursue legal avenues to place the question on the 2020 census.
Lack of citizenship question is good for red states, too
Justin Amash, a House representative from Michigan, announced he is leaving the Republican party yesterday. He was the only Republican that supported impeachment of President Trump, and cites disenchantment with party politics as a driver for his decision.
A boat from Libya carrying 86 migrants and headed to Europe sunk off the North Coast of Africa late Wednesday night. 82 people who were on board are missing, this coming a day after an airstrike hit a Libyan migrant holding facility killing more than 40 people.
An earthquake rating 6.4 on the Richter scale occurred in Southern California yesterday morning. The earthquake was the largest in two decades to strike the area, and there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.
Since dogs can get scared or anxious when fireworks are set off, many animal shelters recruit volunteers to comfort the sheltered animals – one Florida county has a program that assigns inmates to snuggle, comfort, offer treats and read to the dogs while the fireworks are going off, an experience that has proven therapeutic for both the inmates and the animals.
About a year ago, John and Phyllis Cook began dating, and last week went to the courthouse to get married. What’s unique about that? John is 100-years-old, and Phyllis is 102-years-old (turning 103 in August). The couple has each lost two spouses, and when they found out how much they enjoyed each others company and how compatible they were together, they ended up falling in love. The Cooks plan to spend their days exactly how they have been, having fun together, enjoying meals and sitting out in the sun.
After a local Missouri first responder was killed in the line of duty, one family was determined to make a difference. Inspired by The Backstoppers, an organization dedicated to helping families of first responders following tragedies, siblings Jonah, Eli, Hannah and Abigail have set up a lemonade stand to raise money for first responders, raising over $1,000 in the first few hours.
Univision, the privately owned Spanish programming giant, has hired investment banks Morgan Stanley and LionTree to explore “strategic options including a possible sale.” The company turned down an acquisition offer in 2017 that valued it between $13.5 – $15 billion.
App HQ Trivia has released 20% of its staff, following a failed attempt to oust CEO and cofounder Rus Yusupov. This also comes a month ahead of its subscription launch, as the company attempts to regain momentum amid decreasing demand and trivia host departures.
The US created 102,000 private-sector jobs during the month of June, coming in below economists’ expectations of 140,000 new jobs. The economy added 75,000 new jobs in May (against projections of 180,000).
Walmart’s e-commerce division is expected to lose more than $1 billion this year on sales of $21-22 billion. The company is reportedly considering selling unprofitable acquisitions, such as Jet, Bonobos, Eloquii and Modcloth.