The Daily Moth 7-3-19

US Drops Citizenship Question from 2020 Census; White House’s July 4th plans; USWNT advances to FIFA World Cup Finals; Wisconsin State Rep. Brostoff cuts hair in ceremony after passage of interpreting bill

[Transcript] Hello, welcome to The Daily Moth. It is Wednesday, July 3rd.

I’m Christian Young again subbing for Alex, who is now on an out-of-state trip.

Are you ready for today’s news?


US Drops Citizenship Question from 2020 Census

Yesterday, the US Justice Department lawyers and the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the company producing the 2020 Census has been instructed to start the printing process and the census will not include the citizenship question.

The efforts to add the question was dropped after the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block the question from being added last Thursday.

Ross said that even though he strongly disagrees with the Supreme Court’s ruling, he will respect their decision and said that his focus, along with the Bureau and the entire Department of Commerce “is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”

Also, those who work at the Census Bureau had, in the past, repeatedly said that the hard deadline to complete the questionnaire was set for July 1st and we’re now past that deadline.

Hundreds of millions of printed postcards and letters will be sent out next March to remind US residents to take the census. Those don’t respond online or don’t want to take the census online; they will be mailed paper questionnaires.

The Census Bureau is required by law to count the population as of April 1, 2020.

However, President Trump tweeted today that the news reports about the Department of Commerce dropping the citizenship question is “incorrect” and “fake”. He also said, “We are absolutely moving forward.”

The White House didn’t immediately provide any additional information on what Trump meant by this and what their plan is.

US District Judge George Hazel has ordered Justice Department lawyers to file a written stipulation with him by Monday that the government is no longer pushing to add the question on the 2020 census.



White House’s July 4th Plans

Right now, in Washington, D.C., tanks are arriving at the National Mall for tomorrow’s Fourth of July celebration, which President Trump calls a “Salute to America”.

There has been an increase in security around the area in anticipation of an event that President Trump, according to his tweet, expects to show “Incredible Flyovers and biggest ever Fireworks!”

He also said that “the Pentagon and our great Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this” and to show the American people “the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World.”

The event will include displays of military hardware, flyovers of jets from Air Force One, Navy and Marine Corps; tanks and a fireworks show. President Trump will give a speech at 6:30pm EST at the Lincoln Memorial where Trump will be accompanied by several current military leaders.

The total cost for “Salute to America” is not clear, but the Department of Defense has said they will collect the cost data from the individual services. The Washington Post reported that the National Park Service is diverting almost $2.5 million earned meant for improving parks across the United States to help cover costs. Typically, it costs $2 million.

As for the weather, the forecast is currently at 50 percent chance for thunderstorms tomorrow night in Washington, D.C. area.



USWNT advances to FIFA World Cup Finals

Yesterday, in Paris, France, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) beat England with the score of 2-1 during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Semifinals.

During the first half, at the 10th minute, Christen Press from the USA scored with a header from the center of the box to the top right corner of the net to put US up 1-0.

Then at the 19th minute, England tied the game at 1-1 when Ellen White kicked the ball into the goal from the center of the box to the top right corner of the net.

The last goal was at 31st minute in the first half when Alex Morgan (USA) scored with a header from the center of the box to the bottom left corner of the net.

With the US leading 2-1, both teams battled through a scoreless second half until US won the game.

One of their star players, Megan Rapinoe, did not warm up or play because she injured her hamstring, but Rapinoe said it was a “minor strain” and that she thinks she will be ready to play in the final game.

USWNT will advance to the World Cup final game scheduled for this Sunday, July 7, at 11am ET.

The Netherlands just beat Sweden today.

So, the USWNT will play against the Netherlands and are considered the favorites to win.


Wisconsin State Rep. Brostoff cuts hair in ceremony after passage of interpreting bill

In February, “The Daily Moth” did an interview with Wisconsin State Representative Jonathan Brostoff (D), who refused to cut his hair until a bill to improve sign language interpreting standards passed. He worked in solitary with the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf.

Now — the bill has passed. It only needs the governor’s signature to become law.

Rep. Brostoff and members from the Deaf community had a celebration on Monday night to shave off his hair at a deaf-owned hair salon. The owner’s name is Kayleigh Rucktenwald and the salon’s name is Have a Good Hair Day Salon.

The hair-cutting ceremony was streamed LIVE on Facebook. See this clip.

[Clip of FB Live video]

Rep. Brostoff represents the 19th District in Milwaukee. He gave a speech in ASL on the floor to advocate for the bill, which is said to be a historical first for the state legislature. See this clip.

[Clip of floor speech]

The bill, Assembly Bill 250, establishes four new categories of interpreting licenses: intermediate hearing, advanced hearing, intermediate deaf, and advanced deaf.

The WAD President Katy Schmidt told “The Daily Moth” in February that he has truly shown what an ally is. She also explained that the bill would lead to more employment opportunities for CDIs.

The link to the bill is in the transcript.


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