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A September census event in Reading, Pa. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

The Trump administration filed an emergency application to the Supreme Court Wednesday in an attempt to stop the census count early, after a federal judge ordered that it continue through Oct. 31, the Economist first reported.

Driving the news: A federal appeals court rejected the Trump administration's request earlier Wednesday to end the count early, after U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a preliminary injunction in San Jose, California, allowing the head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Catch up quick: The Census Bureau said last Friday it would continue its count through Oct. 31 as ordered by Koh, who indicated last month she may move forward with contempt proceedings after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross defied the injunction when he ordered the 2020 census and field operations to end Oct. 5.

  • Koh said the Census Bureau, as well as the Department of Commerce, violated her Sept. 24 injunction order "in several ways" and "a flood of emails to the Court and the parties suggests ongoing non-compliance in the field."
  • The Department of Justice declined to comment beyond confirming the court filing.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that the DOJ declined to comment.

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Joe Biden urged "all people to stay calm" at a press conference on Thursday as outstanding votes are tallied, adding, "We have no doubt that when the count is finished, Sen. [Kamala] Harris and I will be declared the winners."

The big picture: The former VP and Harris attended an earlier briefing on the coronavirus outbreak while key states including Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina continue to count ballots. President Trump on Twitter has argued vote tallying should come to a halt.

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A major U.S. fuel pipeline running from Texas to New York has been taken offline by its operator because of a ransomware attack, Colonial Pipeline said Saturday.

Why it matters: It's a significant breach of critical infrastructure and comes on the heels of multiple other major cyberattacks on both U.S. companies and the federal government.

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Why it matters: Telework has been lauded as a geographic equalizer, allowing talented people from all over the country to go for jobs in superstar coastal metros. But the benefits have largely been limited to wealthier workers — so far.

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