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An early account of today’s arguments about a census citizenship question at SCOTUS.

I’ll thread more reaction from others as it becomes available. Also will post the transcript once it becomes available (probably a little after 12:30).

#2020Census reuters.com/article/us-usa…
These reports, if this is how the court in fact goes, seem nuts. If an agency can get deference on something as demonstrably conjured up out of thin air as the census citizenship question, the court will be significantly expanding the scope of agency deference. #2020Census 5/
And expanding deference is the exact opposite of where the court’s conservatives have seemed headed on a host of other issues. #2020Census 6/
(That said, an important caveat here: It sometimes can be hard to read/interpret oral arguments. Sometimes the justices are just playing devil’s advocate or probing to test limits. There are cases I thought were lost and ended up wins - and vice versa.) #2020Census 7/
(That last tweet is especially true about big cases where in addition to the oral arguments, there are a host of briefs from outside parties to provide the court with additional detail and nuance.) #2020Census 8/
To wit: the three dozen friend of the court briefs in the census citizenship question case: brennancenter.org/blog/key-theme… #2020Census 9/
An excellent thread by @JNelsonLDF on today’s argument at SCOTUS in the census citizenship case. #2020Census 13/
@JNelsonLDF JUST IN: Here's the transcript of today's oral argument at SCOTUS in the census citizenship question case. #2020Census

supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments… 14/
@JNelsonLDF This morning at SCOTUS, Solicitor General Noel Francisco gets two sentences in before getting grilled by Justice Sotomayor. #2020Census 15/
Justice Sotomayor’s questions get at a key point because as my colleagues have pointed out, the Trump Administration’s version of history plays very fast and loose with the facts. #2020Census 16/
And even more detail about how the Trump Administration is misrepresenting the history of the census here: brennancenter.org/publication/cr… #2020Census 17/
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