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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and President Donald Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco on Wednesday became the second federal judge to block the Trump administration's plan to include a citizenship status question on the 2020 census, a controversial request that has triggered a slew of court challenges.

Details: Seeborg wrote that adding the question to the decennial census, which is used to apportion congressional seats, is "quite effective at depressing self-response rates among immigrants" and that it "poses a significant risk of distorting" congressional representation among the states. The Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on April 23 to review the government's appeal of a New York federal judge's decision in January to eliminate the question.

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Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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