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Today’s Agenda: We Head To The Courtroom For The Latest Census Drama

June 5, 2019 8:39 a.m.

Happy Wednesday, June 5. A hearing today will focus on a stunning twist in the census citizenship question case, based on new evidence suggesting a late Republican consultant linked adding a citizenship question to electoral victories for the his party — information that plaintiffs say motivated the administration. Here’s more on that and the other stories we’re following.

Three Things We’re Watching Today

Hearing on new dispute in Census citizenship question case

There’s a hearing today in federal court in New York over the ACLU’s request that the government be sanctioned in light of new evidence discovered in its case challenging the addition of a citizenship question to the census. Newly discovered documents link the Trump administration to a recently deceased GOP consultant who said that a citizenship question would boost Republicans’ electoral advantage through redistricting. The plaintiffs have claimed that a Justice Department official lied about the consultant’s involvement, a claim the Justice Department has pushed back against. TPM’s Matt Shuham will be in court today for the hearing.

A thaw in the Barr-Nadler standoff?

The Justice Department on Tuesday said it would be willing to restart negotiations with the House Judiciary Committee on releasing the full special counsel report — but only if the committee reverses its vote recommending Attorney General Bill Barr be held in contempt. We’ll be watching for the committee’s response.

The tariff stalemate intensifies

A closed-door meeting between Senate Republicans and two relatively minor administration officials (much of the President’s team is in the UK) left no one happy about the current tariff standoff. Republicans still hate the tariffs and Trump seems unmoved by their emotion. We’ll see if the usually happy bedfellows can bridge the gap before Trump’s self-imposed deadline to levy the tariffs.

Today’s Rundown

9:00 a.m. ET House gavels in.

9:05 a.m. ET Trump attends a luncheon at the D-Day Commemoration in Portsmouth, UK.

9:30 a.m. ET Senate gavels in.

10:15 a.m. ET Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference.

12:15 p.m. ET Trump attends a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland,
Leo Varadkar, in Shannon, Ireland.

Yesterdays Most-Read Story

With Trump Order Barring WH Docs, Hicks Turning Over Campaign Docs To Congress — Tierney Sneed

Reading List

U.S. probe of Google’s online ad dominance would appease long suffering rivals, publishers — Paresh Dave, Diane Bartz, Reuters

New York could become first state to ban cat declawing — The AP, via NBC

‘Marla Was Under Duress’: Revealed in His Marla Maples Prenup, Donald Trump’s Draconian Art of the Marriage Deal — Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair

Make that four political parties for Lincoln Chafee — Edward Fitzpatrick, The Boston Globe

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