News Wrap: Census forms won’t include citizenship question

News Wrap: Census forms won’t include citizenship question


JUDY WOODRUFF: The U.S. government will print
the forms for the 2020 census without a question about citizenship. The Justice Department confirmed the decision
late today. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court barred adding
the citizenship question unless the administration gave a better explanation for including it. President Trump initially called for delaying
the census for as long as necessary. A military court in San Diego has acquitted
Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher of murdering a suspected militant in Iraq. Gallagher was found not guilty of all charges
today, except for posing with the dead man’s body. He could get four months of confinement. Defense lawyers called it a huge victory. The Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House
of Representatives went to federal court today to obtain President Trump’s tax returns. The panel sued the Treasury Department and
the Internal Revenue Service after they refused to comply with an earlier request. The committee is investigating the president’s
tax and business dealings. The president is touting his Fourth of July
plans for the nation’s capital. He tweeted this morning about a display of
military tanks and an aerial flyover. The White House said he also plans to deliver
a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Aides said that it will be purely patriotic,
but senior counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested a political theme as well. KELLYANNE CONWAY, Counselor to President Trump:
Thematically, how wonderful this country is, our troops and military, our great democracy
and great call to patriotism, the success of this administration in opening up so many
jobs for individuals, what we have done for veterans. There’s no final form yet, but America will
hear the whole speech. JUDY WOODRUFF: The president wanted a large
military parade in Washington in 2017, but officials scuttled the plan, partly over the
cost. The Trump reelection campaign says that it
raised $105 million in the year’s second quarter. The total also includes money raised by the
Republican National Committee and joint fund-raising groups. The campaign says that it has $100 million
in cash on hand. China’s communist government has given full
support today to Hong Kong’s embattled executive, one day after protesters stormed the city
legislature. Beijing said that several hundred pro-democracy
activists committed — quote — “serious illegal acts.” We will hear from foreign affairs correspondent
Nick Schifrin in Hong Kong later in the program. In Brussels, members of the European Union
have broken a deadlock and agreed on a new set of leaders. They nominated Belgian’s Prime Minister Charles
Michel today to head the European Council. France’s Christine Lagarde was nominated to
lead the European Central Bank. The deadlock had split Eastern and Western
Europe, largely over immigration. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they
finally came together. ANGELA MERKEL, German Chancellor (through
translator): It took a lot of effort and commitment from all those involved, as well as a great
willingness to compromise. I said today when I went in that everyone
would have to move a bit. JUDY WOODRUFF: The European Parliament is
set for an official vote on the nominees tomorrow. Lawmakers in Austria have approved a total
ban on glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. Today’s action makes Austria the first country
in the European Union to take that step. The herbicide has already been banned or restricted
in 17 other countries and in some American cities. Opponents say that glyphosate causes cancer. Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, insists
it is safe. A total eclipse of the sun stretched across
swathes of the Southern Hemisphere today. Astronomers flocked to Northern Chile, where
views were best. Thousands of tourists joined them, including
some who clearly came for the fun of it. The total eclipse lasted 2.5 minutes. And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial
average gained 69 points to close at 26786. The Nasdaq rose nearly 18 points, and the
S&P 500 added eight. And in the world’s — women’s World Cup of
soccer, the U.S. beat England 2-1 in their semifinal match in France. The Americans now advance to Sunday’s final. They will play the winner of tomorrow’s semifinal
between Sweden and the Netherlands. We will get details of today’s win later in
the program. And still to come on the “NewsHour”: an inside
look at conditions inside U.S. detention centers holding migrants; on the ground in Hong Kong
after yesterday’s destructive protests against mainland China; and much more.

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