If this country’s enemies wanted to do insidious, long-term, and possibly irreparable damage to our democracy, they could do worse than hack the Census Bureau. They don’t need to, though: The Trump administration is doing it for them. The political attack on the agency — funding cuts, delayed preparations for the 2020 count, and the director’s resignation already put demographers and statisticians on alert. Now, the Commerce Department has wound the clock back to the 1950s and will resume asking participants whether or not they are U.S. citizens. The result will be deliberate ignorance and self-inflicted chaos. … [Read more...] about New York City’s Demographer-in-Chief Is Worried About the 2020 Census
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"We stand on the side of the voters. This is not a Democratic versus Republican fight, and it is also not an establishment versus progressive fight. This is now a fight to protect the voting rights of millions of Americans in the midst of a global pandemic," Patel said. … [Read more...] about Federal judge rules some absentee ballots must be counted in uncalled New York congressional primary race
Why not just destroy the records, as the law allows? Storing data in the first place was a concession to the NYPD because of fears over fraud. It’s unlikely de Blasio would have signed off on an IDNYC program without the police department’s consent. Were de Blasio to purge the records, in accordance with the wishes of many progressives and local officials, he would be setting up a clash with a police department. The mayor has been generally deferential to the cops, and destroying the records would perhaps upset the delicately balanced relationship. … [Read more...] about What Happens to New York’s Municipal ID Card Under the Trump Administration?
Although crime has mostly remained at historic lows, residents still have said they don’t like the way Mayor Bill de Blasio deals with crime; a Quinnipiac University poll from last month revealed that 40 percent of voters approve of how he’s handled crime. Fifty-three percent of voters approve of how the NYPD is doing; however, only 35 percent and 40 percent of black and Hispanic voters, respectively, think the police are doing a good job. … [Read more...] about This Summer Was the Safest New York Has Seen in Decades, NYPD Says
For tomorrow, morning showers will transition to a steadier, heavier rain into the afternoon (esp. inland) — this is “Isaias” moving through — before coming to an end tomorrow evening. That said, a FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued and will go into effect as early as late tonight for parts of the area, and remain in effect until as late as early Wednesday morning for parts of the area. For the city, it will go into effect at 6 AM tomorrow and remain in effect until 6 AM Wednesday. … [Read more...] about New York Weather: CBS2’s 8/3 Monday Afternoon Forecast