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Citizenship query a threat to U.S. census, witness says as trial kicks off

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire will yield a “systemic undercount” of immigrants by frightening some away from responding, warned a witness on the first day of a trial that could shape the U.S. political landscape for a decade. FILE PHOTO: Information packs are distributed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services following a citizenship ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoThe addition of the citizenship question was announced in March by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who billed it as a way to enforce the Voting Rights…

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Another Use for A.I.: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters

The mechanics of elections that attract the most attention are casting and counting, snafus with voting machines and ballots and allegations of hacking and fraud. But Jeff Jonas, a prominent data scientist, is focused on something else: the integrity, updating and expansion of voter rolls.“As I dove into the subject, it grew on me, the complexity and relevance of the problem,” he said.As a result, Mr. Jonas has played a geeky, behind-the-scenes role in encouraging turnout for the midterm elections on Tuesday.For the last four years, Mr. Jonas has used his software for a multistate project known as Electronic Registration Information Center that identifies eligible voters and…

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For Trump supporters, elections a battle to protect a leader under siege

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - For many Americans, Tuesday’s congressional midterm elections are a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump’s divisive persona, hard-line policies and pugnacious politics. FILE PHOTO: Supporters applaud U.S. President Donald Trump as he arrives to attend a campaign rally at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia, U.S., November 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoBut on the eve of the election, in a packed airport hangar in Cleveland and at other Trump rallies across the nation, the stakes are different: a vote to protect a leader they see as under siege, whose inflammatory rhetoric is a necessary price for a norm-shattering era of change. “You think…

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GE dismisses talk that it may owe billions of dollars in taxes

FILE PHOTO: The General Electric logo is pictured on the General Electric offshore wind turbine plant in Montoir-de-Bretagne, near Saint-Nazaire, western France, November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo(Reuters) - General Electric Co on Monday downplayed concerns that its U.S. tax liabilities could increase by billions of dollars and that a decision by British tax authorities could saddle the company with an additional $1 billion tax bill. “Based on current law and guidance, we believe our current accrual is a reasonable estimate for the enactment of tax reform,” Todd Ernst, GE’s vice president of investor communications, said in an unusually detailed email to investors on Monday, referring to…

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Factbox: Breaking barriers: U.S. election winners could mark minority firsts

(Reuters) - The 2018 U.S. congressional elections prompted a surge of candidates from minority groups that have not had electoral success in the past. Several have the potential to be the first of their background elected to office on Tuesday. Democratic Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez poses for a photo with Valentina VanWallendael, 5, during a whistle stop in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew KellyHere are details on some of the possible firsts that the 2018 elections could mark. Rashida Tlaib (L) and Ilhan Omar (R).First female Muslim member of Congress: There are two women running with the potential…

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‘Racist’ Trump ad pulled from air as campaigns rush to uncertain end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NBC, Fox News and Facebook pulled a controversial ad by President Donald Trump’s campaign that critics had labeled racist as a bitter election fight for control of the U.S. Congress headed on Monday for an unpredictable finish. Tuesday’s elections, widely seen as a referendum on Trump, have been portrayed by both Republicans and Democrats as critical for the future of the country. At stake is control of both chambers of Congress, and with it the ability to block or promote Trump’s agenda, as well as 36 governor’s offices. A surge in early voting, fueled by a focus on Trump’s pugilistic, norms-breaking presidency by supporters…

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U.S. renews Iran sanctions, grants oil waivers to China, seven others

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States snapped sanctions back in place on Monday to choke Iran’s oil and shipping industries, while temporarily allowing top customers such as China and India to keep buying crude from the Islamic Republic. FILE PHOTO: A general view of an oil dock is seen from a ship at the port of Kalantari in the city of Chabahar, 300km (186 miles) east of the Strait of Hormuz January 17, 2012. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo Having abandoned a 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S President Donald Trump is trying to cripple Iran’s oil-dependent economy and force Tehran to quash not only its nuclear ambitions and ballistic…

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Supreme Court rebuffs challenge to California gun restrictions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court for a second straight year refused on Monday to hear a challenge to California’s limits on carrying handguns in public, dealing another setback to gun rights proponents. FILE PHOTO: Surrendered handguns are seen during a gun buyback event at Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/File PhotoThe court’s action underscored its continued reluctance to step into a national debate over gun control roiled by a series of mass shootings including the one at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people on Oct. 27. It has not taken up a major gun case since 2010.…

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U.S. reimposes Iran sanctions, Tehran decries ‘bullying’

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States on Monday restored sanctions targeting Iran’s oil, banking and transportation sectors and threatened more action to stop its “outlaw” policies, steps the Islamic Republic called economic warfare and vowed to defy. The measures are part of a wider effort by U.S. President Donald Trump to curb Tehran’s missile and nuclear programs and diminish the Islamic Republic’s influence in the Middle East, notably its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. Trump’s moves target Iran’s main source of revenue - its oil exports - as well as its financial sector, essentially making 50 Iranian banks and their subsidiaries off limits to…

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