10 things you need to know today: July 12, 2019

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1. Trump drops push for census citizenship question

President Trump said Thursday he was ending his push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census, reversing his vow to keep fighting even though the Supreme Court blocked the change. Trump said he would shift gears by signing an executive order instructing federal agencies that collect information on citizenship to send "all requested records" to the Commerce Department so it can come up with figures on citizens and non-citizens in the country. "We will leave no stone unturned," Trump said. The Commerce Department started printing forms for the 10-year census last week even as the Justice Department said it had been told to find a way to add the question that was consistent with the Supreme Court ruling.

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