Supreme Court takes up case over census citizenship question

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced it would hear arguments in a dispute over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The court announced in an order that it would hear the case in April. The administration has said that the citizenship question originated in the 1820 census and has been on virtually every survey in the time through 2000. Furman said that adding the citizenship question to the census would likely prevent millions of people fro


The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced it would hear arguments in a dispute over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The court announced in an order that it would hear the case in April. The administration has said that the citizenship question originated in the 1820 census and has been on virtually every survey in the time through 2000. Furman said that adding the citizenship question to the census would likely prevent millions of people fro
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Supreme Court takes up case over census citizenship question

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced it would hear arguments in a dispute over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The court announced in an order that it would hear the case in April.

Critics of the question have argued that it will result in an undercount of minority groups, particularly among those who live in households containing noncitizens and Hispanic people.

That could have dramatic effects because the census is used to apportion congressional districts and federal funding. The addition of the question would represent a significant setback for Democrats.

A federal judge in New York blocked the addition of the question in a lengthy order last month. That case, which will now be reviewed by the nation’s top court, was brought by eighteen states, several cities and civil rights groups.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman wrote that he could not uphold an agency action “founded on a pretextual or sham justification that conceals the true ‘basis’ for the decision.”

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department oversees the census, had originally argued that his decision was based on a recommendation from the Department of Justice, though he later admitted that he had solicited that recommendation.

The administration has continued to argue that the addition of the question is necessary in order to enforce certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act. The administration has said that the citizenship question originated in the 1820 census and has been on virtually every survey in the time through 2000.

Furman said that adding the citizenship question to the census would likely prevent millions of people from being counted.

“That undercount, in turn, will translate into a loss of political power and funds, among other harms,” Furman wrote.

The justices, who in November rebuffed the Trump administration’s efforts to halt the New York trial on the matter, did agree last year to hear arguments on a narrow technical issue related to the case.

But those arguments were cancelled following Furman’s order blocking the addition of the question.

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court has decided to hear this case defending the government’s legal and reasonable decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census,” DOJ spokeswoman Kelly Laco said in a statement.

“The Department of Justice looks forward to argument before the Supreme Court.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement that “we look forward to seeking the Trump administration in court once again.”

The court’s decision to take up the case this term was largely expected, despite the hurried schedule, because of the need for a resolution on the issue before final preparations are made.

A decision is expected by late June.


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Airbus set to scrap production of the world’s largest airliner

Europe’s Airbus announced plans to scrap production of the world’s largest airliner on Thursday, abandoning its A380 superjumbo program in favor of smaller, more nimble jets. In a statement published on Thursday, Airbus said the last A380 will be delivered in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates — the largest A380 customer — decided to cut back its orders of the iconic aircraft and order a total of 70 of the smaller A350 and A330neo models instead. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in


Europe’s Airbus announced plans to scrap production of the world’s largest airliner on Thursday, abandoning its A380 superjumbo program in favor of smaller, more nimble jets. In a statement published on Thursday, Airbus said the last A380 will be delivered in 2021. The decision comes after Emirates — the largest A380 customer — decided to cut back its orders of the iconic aircraft and order a total of 70 of the smaller A350 and A330neo models instead. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in
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Airbus set to scrap production of the world's largest airliner

Europe’s Airbus announced plans to scrap production of the world’s largest airliner on Thursday, abandoning its A380 superjumbo program in favor of smaller, more nimble jets.

In a statement published on Thursday, Airbus said the last A380 will be delivered in 2021.

The decision comes after Emirates — the largest A380 customer — decided to cut back its orders of the iconic aircraft and order a total of 70 of the smaller A350 and A330neo models instead.

“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in a statement on Thursday.

“The consequences of this decision are largely embedded in our 2018 full year results,” Enders said.

Airbus said it would start discussions with unions in the coming weeks regarding the 3,000 to 3,500 jobs potentially affected by the news.


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Le Maire blasts EU decision to block Alstom-Siemens merger

France’s finance minister expressed his disappointment at a recent EU decision to block a major rail merger, calling for competition rules to be changed to enable European firms to become stronger on the global stage. Bruno Le Maire told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday. The merger proposal between the French and the German companies planned to create a European rail champion with revenues of about 15 billion euros ($17 billion). The merger proposal referred


France’s finance minister expressed his disappointment at a recent EU decision to block a major rail merger, calling for competition rules to be changed to enable European firms to become stronger on the global stage. Bruno Le Maire told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday. The merger proposal between the French and the German companies planned to create a European rail champion with revenues of about 15 billion euros ($17 billion). The merger proposal referred
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Le Maire blasts EU decision to block Alstom-Siemens merger

France’s finance minister expressed his disappointment at a recent EU decision to block a major rail merger, calling for competition rules to be changed to enable European firms to become stronger on the global stage.

“Let’s have a look at reality — we are facing a huge challenge with the rise of the Chinese industry. What do we do — shall we divide the European forces, or try to merge the European forces from the industrial point of view?” Bruno Le Maire told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday.

His comments come after the European Union blocked a rail deal between Alstom and Siemens on Wednesday, citing competition concerns. The merger proposal between the French and the German companies planned to create a European rail champion with revenues of about 15 billion euros ($17 billion). The merger proposal referred only to the companies’ transport services and would have combined them into one new firm, solely controlled by Siemens.

The EU’s competition authority specified that the proposed merger would have created an “undisputed” market leader in several mainline signaling markets, as well as reducing the number of suppliers by removing one of the two largest manufacturers of very high-speed rolling stock.

Both the German and French governments had supported the merger, believing the deal would’ve been a good counter to the economic rise of China.

“I think it was a mistake from the EU commission to refuse that merger between Alstom and Siemens,” Le Maire added.


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European markets open lower amid earnings; Bank of England to announce rate decision

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday trade representatives from Washington and Beijing would both aim to reach a deal next week. In Asia, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, edged up 0.2 percent — reaching its highest level since early October. Sweden’s Volvo Cars, Denmark’s Vestas Wind and France’s Societe Generale are among some of the major companies set to release their latest quarterly figures on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Bank of England is set


U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday trade representatives from Washington and Beijing would both aim to reach a deal next week. In Asia, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, edged up 0.2 percent — reaching its highest level since early October. Sweden’s Volvo Cars, Denmark’s Vestas Wind and France’s Societe Generale are among some of the major companies set to release their latest quarterly figures on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Bank of England is set
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European markets open lower amid earnings; Bank of England to announce rate decision

Market focus is largely attuned to global trade developments, with officials from the world’s two largest economies poised to meet for a fresh round of talks next week.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday trade representatives from Washington and Beijing would both aim to reach a deal next week. The talks come with less than three weeks to go before a March 2 deadline could see an increase in U.S. tariffs on Chinese products.

In Asia, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, edged up 0.2 percent — reaching its highest level since early October.

Trading was light on Thursday, with China’s financial markets closed for the Lunar New Year.

Back in Europe, investors are likely to monitor another batch of earnings. Sweden’s Volvo Cars, Denmark’s Vestas Wind and France’s Societe Generale are among some of the major companies set to release their latest quarterly figures on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Bank of England is set announce its latest interest rate decision at midday. The U.K.’s central bank will also release its inflation report, with 50 days to go before the country is expected to leave the European Union.


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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee nears decision on 2020 presidential run

LOS ANGELES — While other 2020 Democratic contenders are focusing on wealth inequality in America and taxing the rich, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is trying to position himself as the “carbon warrior.” Over the past year, Inslee has made several trips to early caucus and primary states such as New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada to test out the political waters for a possible 2020 presidential run. Last year, he announced the largest-ever purchase of green power for state operations through solar and


LOS ANGELES — While other 2020 Democratic contenders are focusing on wealth inequality in America and taxing the rich, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is trying to position himself as the “carbon warrior.” Over the past year, Inslee has made several trips to early caucus and primary states such as New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada to test out the political waters for a possible 2020 presidential run. Last year, he announced the largest-ever purchase of green power for state operations through solar and
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee nears decision on 2020 presidential run

LOS ANGELES — While other 2020 Democratic contenders are focusing on wealth inequality in America and taxing the rich, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is trying to position himself as the “carbon warrior.”

But he sees climate change as an economic issue, too.

Over the past year, Inslee has made several trips to early caucus and primary states such as New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada to test out the political waters for a possible 2020 presidential run. The governor told CNBC this week that he’s going to “decide in weeks, not months,” on whether to toss his hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Inslee, who turns 68 years old on Saturday, talks very much like he’s already running while also touting a record of expanded investment in clean energy programs and technologies statewide. Last year, he announced the largest-ever purchase of green power for state operations through solar and wind power facilities.

“My candidacy I think has a couple of unique things driving it,” Inslee said. “One, both by experience and passion and commitment, I have had a long, demonstrated vision statement for economic growth around clean energy that is unique amongst potential candidates.”

Yet Inslee, a two-term governor, suffered a setback to his climate agenda last year when the oil industry funded a campaign to defeat a carbon emissions fee initiative Inslee supported. The measure was seen as a way to raise revenue as well as to help the state achieve ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The failure did not disrupt his larger message, however, particularly as he gears up to potentially run for the White House.


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Amazon sellers get caught in US-China trade spat as money transfer service abruptly closes

Many big Amazon sellers received a notice this week from a company they rely on for international money transfers. The message from WorldFirst, which is based in London, was alarming: its U.S. business was closing immediately. WorldFirst didn’t offer an explanation for the abrupt decision, and one Amazon seller, who asked not to be named, told CNBC “that was quite a shock.” Sellers and competitors who spoke with CNBC speculated that the shutdown was directly related to a pending acquisition of t


Many big Amazon sellers received a notice this week from a company they rely on for international money transfers. The message from WorldFirst, which is based in London, was alarming: its U.S. business was closing immediately. WorldFirst didn’t offer an explanation for the abrupt decision, and one Amazon seller, who asked not to be named, told CNBC “that was quite a shock.” Sellers and competitors who spoke with CNBC speculated that the shutdown was directly related to a pending acquisition of t
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Amazon sellers get caught in US-China trade spat as money transfer service abruptly closes

Many big Amazon sellers received a notice this week from a company they rely on for international money transfers. The message from WorldFirst, which is based in London, was alarming: its U.S. business was closing immediately.

“We are writing to share some news that affects you as a US-based customer of WorldFirst,” the email said. “The WorldFirst shareholders have taken the decision to discontinue with the US operations. As such, we will no longer be able to offer our products and services to you.”

WorldFirst didn’t offer an explanation for the abrupt decision, and one Amazon seller, who asked not to be named, told CNBC “that was quite a shock.” The company said its U.S. business was being rebranded as Omega, which would operate independently from WorldFirst, and that no new transactions could be made after Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Sellers and competitors who spoke with CNBC speculated that the shutdown was directly related to a pending acquisition of the parent company by Chinese fin-tech giant Ant Financial.

Ant, an Alibaba affiliate and parent of Alipay, has reportedly been in advanced talks since late December to buy WorldFirst for about $700 million. Ant has been unable to crack the U.S. market because of opposition from the Trump administration. Last year, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) quashed Ant’s attempt to buy MoneyGram for $1.2 billion because of national security concerns.


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US Treasury yields move higher ahead of Fed rate decision

Market players are also looking to the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s rate review later in the session. Growing concerns of a global economic slowdown, trade war fears and the unpredictability of the U.S. administration have led many investors to believe that the Fed will be less aggressive in hiking rates compared to what it did last year. Meanwhile, Fed chair Jerome Powell is due to speak at 2.30 p.m. On the economic data front, the ADP employment report is due at 8.15 a.m. and pending home


Market players are also looking to the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s rate review later in the session. Growing concerns of a global economic slowdown, trade war fears and the unpredictability of the U.S. administration have led many investors to believe that the Fed will be less aggressive in hiking rates compared to what it did last year. Meanwhile, Fed chair Jerome Powell is due to speak at 2.30 p.m. On the economic data front, the ADP employment report is due at 8.15 a.m. and pending home
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US Treasury yields move higher ahead of Fed rate decision

Market players are also looking to the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s rate review later in the session. Growing concerns of a global economic slowdown, trade war fears and the unpredictability of the U.S. administration have led many investors to believe that the Fed will be less aggressive in hiking rates compared to what it did last year. Meanwhile, Fed chair Jerome Powell is due to speak at 2.30 p.m. ET time.

On the economic data front, the ADP employment report is due at 8.15 a.m. and pending home sales is expected at 10 a.m. ET time.

There are no auctions planned.


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Bank of Japan keeps interest rates steady and cuts inflation forecast

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Wednesday and cut its price projections, bolstering market views it is in no position to rush an exit from its massive stimulus programme, despite the costs of prolonged easing. In a widely expected move, the BOJ maintained its short-term interest rate target at minus 0.1 percent and a pledge to guide 10-year government bond yields around zero percent. The central bank also left unchanged its forward guidance, adopted in July, that pledges to keep


The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Wednesday and cut its price projections, bolstering market views it is in no position to rush an exit from its massive stimulus programme, despite the costs of prolonged easing. In a widely expected move, the BOJ maintained its short-term interest rate target at minus 0.1 percent and a pledge to guide 10-year government bond yields around zero percent. The central bank also left unchanged its forward guidance, adopted in July, that pledges to keep
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Bank of Japan keeps interest rates steady and cuts inflation forecast

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Wednesday and cut its price projections, bolstering market views it is in no position to rush an exit from its massive stimulus programme, despite the costs of prolonged easing.

In a widely expected move, the BOJ maintained its short-term interest rate target at minus 0.1 percent and a pledge to guide 10-year government bond yields around zero percent.

The central bank also left unchanged its forward guidance, adopted in July, that pledges to keep interest rates extremely low for an extended period.

The decision on maintaining its interest rate targets was made by a 7-2 vote with board members Goushi Kataoka and Yutaka Harada dissenting.

With stubbornly weak inflation forcing it to maintain its stimulus longer than expected, the BOJ took steps in July to make its policy framework sustainable such as by allowing bond yields to move more flexibly around its target.

BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) to explain the policy decision.


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John Kerry slams Trump on Paris climate accord exit: ‘It’s going to cost lives’

Former Secretary of State John Kerry launched a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump’s policies on Tuesday, saying his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement will “cost lives.” “People will die because of the president’s decision,” Kerry said at a CNBC-sponsored panel called “The Future of Our Oceans.” Trump confirmed in June 2017 that the United States was withdrawing from the landmark Paris climate agreement. Trump said the Paris agreement would cost the United States 2.7 m


Former Secretary of State John Kerry launched a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump’s policies on Tuesday, saying his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement will “cost lives.” “People will die because of the president’s decision,” Kerry said at a CNBC-sponsored panel called “The Future of Our Oceans.” Trump confirmed in June 2017 that the United States was withdrawing from the landmark Paris climate agreement. Trump said the Paris agreement would cost the United States 2.7 m
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John Kerry slams Trump on Paris climate accord exit: 'It's going to cost lives'

Former Secretary of State John Kerry launched a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump’s policies on Tuesday, saying his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement will “cost lives.”

“People will die because of the president’s decision,” Kerry said at a CNBC-sponsored panel called “The Future of Our Oceans.”

Trump confirmed in June 2017 that the United States was withdrawing from the landmark Paris climate agreement. The White House contended that the country had already reduced its carbon dioxide emissions and did not need the Paris accord to cut them even more.

Trump said the Paris agreement would cost the United States 2.7 million jobs by 2025 and shave trillions from the U.S. economy. He also noted what he called the “draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.”


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ISIS-claimed attack on Americans in Syria renews criticism of Trump policy

Wednesday’s attack on U.S. forces in Syria has stoked fresh criticism over President Donald Trump’s claim that the so-called Islamic State has been defeated and has renewed debate over his decision to withdraw all troops from the war-torn country. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility. While the group has not so far offered physical evidence to support the claim, critics have been quick to link the attack to President Donald Trump’s decision last month to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria. Trump


Wednesday’s attack on U.S. forces in Syria has stoked fresh criticism over President Donald Trump’s claim that the so-called Islamic State has been defeated and has renewed debate over his decision to withdraw all troops from the war-torn country. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility. While the group has not so far offered physical evidence to support the claim, critics have been quick to link the attack to President Donald Trump’s decision last month to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria. Trump
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ISIS-claimed attack on Americans in Syria renews criticism of Trump policy

Wednesday’s attack on U.S. forces in Syria has stoked fresh criticism over President Donald Trump’s claim that the so-called Islamic State has been defeated and has renewed debate over his decision to withdraw all troops from the war-torn country.

Around 1 p.m. local time, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a popular area of downtown Manbij, a northern Syrian city that’s been controlled by U.S.-supported Kurdish militias since it was wrested from ISIS in 2016.

Four Americans were killed — two service members, a civilian Pentagon official and a U.S. contractor — and three more injured, U.S. Central Command confirmed in a statement, reportedly marking the largest single loss of American life since the counter-ISIS campaign began. Nineteen people are believed to have died in total, including civilians and local coalition partners, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ISIS quickly claimed responsibility. While the group has not so far offered physical evidence to support the claim, critics have been quick to link the attack to President Donald Trump’s decision last month to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria.

“Trump’s order was reckless and driven far more by domestic political concerns than it was by facts on the ground,” Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, said on Twitter Wednesday.

Trump defended the troop pullout plans on the premise that ISIS had been defeated. The decision triggered rebukes from numerous lawmakers and security experts, who warned of the extremist group’s resurgence and lamented what was seen as an abandonment of local partners.

“Sometimes reality catches up quickly with wishful thinking and political spin,” Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon official and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., told CNBC on Wednesday. “Historians will likely file Trump’s tweets announcing the ISIS defeat and U.S. Syria pullout alongside Bush’s 2003 ‘Mission Accomplished’ speech and Obama’s 2011 withdrawal from Iraq.”


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