Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:
Husock: A Looming Census Fight
“The U.S. Census Bureau is preparing for its 2020 decennial ‘enumeration’ of the population, as the Constitution mandates. At the same time, two lawsuits—including one filed in New York by 17 Democratic attorneys general, the District of Columbia, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors—are challenging the method of the count, seeking to prevent the Census from asking respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. A political firestorm has ensued: the boundaries of congressional districts, and even each state’s congressional allotment, could hang in the balance. That’s because the Constitution requires that the congressional apportionment be determined by total population, not just the number of citizens. Residents without the right to vote—children, prisoners, recent immigrants—are counted, too. The implications of inquiring about citizenship are many, with possible bearing on which party will gain control of the House. Opponents of the citizenship question contend, perhaps correctly, that it will reduce Census participation by illegal immigrants, and even some legal immigrants. As things stand now, without a citizenship question, the Census favors Democrats.”
McMurry: Facebook blocks, then restores Declaration of Independence post
“The Liberty County Vindicator, a newspaper in southeastern Texas, had been posting portions of the Declaration on Facebook each day leading up to the Fourth of July. But the tenth installment of the foundational document didn’t post — and Facebook said it was because of hate speech. ‘Somewhere in paragraphs 27-31 of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson wrote something that Facebook finds offensive,’ Casey Stinnett, managing editor of the Vindicator, said on the paper’s website Monday. ‘The Vindicator received a notice from Facebook saying that the post ‘goes against our standards on hate speech.'”
Greenfield: Slovakia Becomes Latest Country to Move Embassy to Jerusalem
On Tuesday, the visiting delegation of Slovak lawmakers announced the Eastern European country would open a cultural center in the Israeli capital. The move, when it materializes, would mark a break from European Union policy on Jerusalem. Slovakia would join the Czech Republic and Bulgaria as the other European Union member states to expand their diplomatic presence in the city since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.