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President to instead direct federal agencies to share government records to assemble estimate of number of citizens and non-citizens living in US Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 11.09pm BST As the Trump administration backs away from a legal battle over voting rights and the 2020 census, evacuations have been ordered in New Orleans as the city anticipates a possible hurricane. The Guardian’s Jamiles Lartey reports from New Orleans that Tropical Storm Barry could have winds of about 75mph (120km/h) and bring could have winds of about 75mph (120km/h) of rain. Related: New Orleans: evacuations ordered as city braces for possible hurricane 11.03pm BST Trump’s announcement that he would use his executive authority to direct federal agencies to share existing data about the number of citizens and non-citizens in the United States, rather than trying to add a citizenship question to the census, was greeted as a victory by voting rights activists. It’s official. There will be NO citizenship question on the 2020 census. It’s over. We won. https://t.co/CFDms1HTzX Conservatives who’ve been pushing this, including senior admin officials, are stunned at President Trump’s cave on the citizenship question. https://t.co/vriDxQ66aT Continue reading...