White House exploring executive order to deal with census

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President Donald Trump is exploring using an executive order to move forward with the battle over the 2020 census question, sources familiar with the discussions told ABC News.

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While the White House may be discussing the potential of an executive order, it is not yet clear how much that will factor into the rationale the Department of Justice lawyers are preparing to bring before the Maryland district judge by the Friday deadline, according to one administration official. Sources said that as of Thursday afternoon, an executive order was not part of the DOJ deliberations.

The Washington Post was first to report an executive order was under consideration.

“The Supreme Court ruled that it is legal to have a citizenship question in the census if there’s an appropriate explanation – and it should come as no surprise President Trump is looking at every option within his legal authority to add such a question.” said White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley

In his majority opinion issued last week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts appeared to leave open the possibility that the administration could return and present a justification for adding the citizenship question as long as it wasn’t “contrived.”

PHOTO: An envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nations only test run of the 2020 Census, March 23, 2018.Michelle R. Smith/AP, FILE

An envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation’s only test run of the 2020 Census, March 23, 2018.

On Wednesday, the Justice Department reversed course on whether the 2020 census will be printed without a question on citizenship, after President Trump tweeted out a statement contradicting his own government’s position.

Justice Department special counsel Joshua Gardner admitted to the Maryland district court that the president’s tweet contradicted their earlier position and that they were still sorting out how to respond.

“We at the Department of Justice have been instructed to examine whether there is a path forward, consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision, that would allow us to include the citizenship question on the census,” assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil division, Jody Hunt, said on a Wednesday afternoon call with U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel of Maryland.

“We think there may be a legally available path under the Supreme Court’s decision. We’re examining that, looking at near-term options to see whether that’s viable and possible,” Hunt added.

Hazel ordered the government to make clear whether the citizenship question would appear on the census by Friday, or tell the court how it plans to move forward to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

It’s unclear what argument DOJ will ultimately make tomorrow.

Black couple turns away repairman carrying large Confederate flag in truck

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A black couple in Georgia said they were in “disbelief” when a man responding to their Facebook post looking for someone to repair the brakes on a golf cart pulled up in a truck carrying a large Confederate flag.

Zeke Brown, who lives with his family in the Atlanta area, told ABC News on Thursday that he’d placed the ad looking for a repairman on Facebook’s local marketplace.

When the repairman arrived on June 29, Brown said he didn’t notice the flag at first until his son mentioned it as he was pulling out of the driveway.

“My son immediately said that he was gonna leave because he knew nothing good was gonna come of it,” he said.

PHOTO: Allison and Zeke Brown, pictured in an undated handout photo, said they turned away a white repairman who answered their Facebook ad because he arrived to their house carrying a large Confederate flag in his truck.Courtesy Brown Family
Allison and Zeke Brown, pictured in an undated handout photo, said they turned away a white repairman who answered their Facebook ad because he arrived to their house carrying a large Confederate flag in his truck.

Brown said that he spoke to the young man, whom he described as white and in his early 20s, and had what he called a “very polite conversation,” before he went inside to speak to his wife.

“I just couldn’t believe that he had the flag on the truck and was coming to my house that way,” he said. “I was in disbelief.”

The Browns’ doorbell camera captured the interaction between the couple and the man identified as Mike as they conversed outside the couple’s home.

“Hi. You know what? I do apologize … we’re gonna use someone else,” Allison Brown can be heard on the video saying to the man before he gets into his truck and drives away.

“I’m beyond upset with the flag,” she says. “You continue to believe what you need to believe, sir. But, no, I cannot pay you for your services. Thank you. Have a good day.”

Allison Brown told ABC News that she’d handled the situation the way she did because she “wanted to set a good example” for her sons.

“I didn’t feel it was necessary for me to raise my voice or to cuss or to fuss,” she said Thursday. “There’s enough negative image of black women being angry … I didn’t want to step outside of my character.”

I just couldn’t believe that he had the flag on the truck and was coming to my house that way.

Nevertheless, she said she wanted to be clear to the man that the flag was unacceptable on her family’s property and that he was not welcome.

“Nor did I need his business if that’s how he wanted to conduct himself,” she said. “Had he not had the flag on his truck and I had not known, I would’ve allowed him to do the work as he needed — and probably would have hired him for other jobs.”

The Browns said the man had offered to remove the flag from his truck but they still declined his services.

PHOTO: A Confederate flag, attached to the back of a pick up truck, waves in the winds in Georgia.Universal Images Group via Getty, FILE
A Confederate flag, attached to the back of a pick up truck, waves in the winds in Georgia.

“I felt like at that point, you’ve already made yourself very clear. You already have shown your true colors,” Allison Brown said. “Because he came to our home in that disrespectful, violating manner, I sent him on his way.”

They couple told ABC News that they had held onto the video for their own safety, in case they needed to turn it over to police.

Had he not had the flag on his truck and I had not known, I would’ve allowed him to do the work as he needed — and probably would have hired him for other jobs.

Zeke Brown said the man had written him on Facebook soon after leaving, saying that he did not mean to offend the couple.

Brown said that he’d responded by saying the Confederate flag is disrespectful and encouraging him to research what the flag means to people of color.

“The times when that flag was brought up, multiple times during history, it was always to our (African Americans’) detriment … negative to our plight,” he said.

Fire forces London-bound flight to land in Boston

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A London-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Boston on Thursday night when a fire broke out on board, authorities said.

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Flames and smoke appeared to be coming from a passenger seat on Virgin Atlantic Flight 138, after it took off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The flight crew extinguished the fire as the pilots made an emergency landing at Boston’s Logan International Airport, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

All 217 passengers on board were safely evacuated and transported to a terminal inside the airport, where they awaited a replacement aircraft.

One passenger who complained of smoke inhalation refused medical treatment, police said.

PHOTO: Aerial view of Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 6, 2012.Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images
Aerial view of Boston Logan International Airport in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 6, 2012.

The Massachusetts State Police’s explosive ordnance disposal unit inspected the seat in the area of the fire and found a device between the cushions that had ignited.

“Preliminary investigation suggests it is a battery pack consistent in appearance with an external phone charger,” Massachusetts State Police spokesman Dave Procopio said in a statement late Thursday night.

The investigation is ongoing.

ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

Start Here: Fleeing Central America with the promise of the American dream

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It’s Friday, July 5, 2019. Let’s start here.

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The American Dream in Honduras

As America marks its independence, ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast shines a light on those who are risking their lives every day in pursuit of freedom. This morning, in the second of a two-part series, ABC News reporters are following Central American migrants on their journeys into the U.S., amid a contentious debate over immigration policy.

“The people that are upping and leaving right now are the ones that have nothing to lose,” ABC News’ Victoria Moll-Ramirez tells the podcast. “They’re not the ones with an education. They’re not the ones with their own homes. They’re the ones [whose] lives are falling apart, so they have to get up and go, they feel.”

PHOTO: Central American migrants heading in a caravan to the U.S. walk towards Huixtla, on Tapachula, State of Chiapas, Mexico, on April 15, 2019.Pep Companys/AFP/Getty Images, FILE
Central American migrants heading in a caravan to the U.S. walk towards Huixtla, on Tapachula, State of Chiapas, Mexico, on April 15, 2019.

“Start Here,” ABC News’ flagship podcast, offers a straightforward look at the day’s top stories in 20 minutes. Listen for free every weekday on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn or the ABC News app. Follow @StartHereABC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for exclusive content and show updates.

Elsewhere:

‘Hello, America, hello’: Donald Trump’s damp “Salute to America” ceremony in Washington, D.C., was launched with controversy, but ended up being mostly on-script with USA pride.

‘Today we lost a WV superstar’: Billionaire coal executive — and sometime boyfriend of Tiger Woods‘ ex Elin Nordegren — died in a helicopter crash in the Bahamas.

‘He wanted to serve in Nashville’: A four-year veteran of the Nashville Metro Police Department, John Anderson, 28, was killed when a 17-year-old unlicensed driver plowed into the cop’s car at an intersection.

‘I was in disbelief’: A black couple that hired a repairman ended up turning him away after he showed up with a Confederate flag on his truck.

From our friends at FiveThirtyEight:

Where Kamala Harris’s New Voters Came From: How did the debate (or coverage of the debate — as we shall see, not everyone in our poll actually watched it) change people’s prospective primary votes?

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Video of a 2-year-old’s rendition of the national anthem went viral

We know Olympian Carl Lewis and actress Roseanne Barr can’t sing the national anthem, so let’s applaud this 2-year-old who belts it out like Whitney Houston.

Amelia Bubenik is taking the internet by storm this Independence Day with her passionately performed rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“She loves to sing,” said her mother, Amy Bubenik.

Severe storms stretch from Plains into Northeast over holiday weekend

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The threat of storms will increase from the Plains into the Northeast heading into the holiday weekend.

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There were five reported tornadoes in Wyoming and Colorado on Thursday, as well as flash flooding in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and serious wind damage in Maryland and the Carolinas.

A storm system moving out of the West Friday will bring more strong to severe storms from the Plains to the Carolinas.

PHOTO: Strong storms and heavy rain are possible across much of the eastern half of the U.S. on Friday.ABC News
Strong storms and heavy rain are possible across much of the eastern half of the U.S. on Friday.

The most severe storms Friday will be from Colorado to Kansas, including Denver. The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds, huge hail and an isolated tornado.

PHOTO: The highest threat for severe weather on Friday comes in the Plains.ABC News
The highest threat for severe weather on Friday comes in the Plains.

This western storm system with a cold front will move east by Saturday, bringing a threat for strong to severe storms for the Northeast, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The biggest threat from these storms Saturday will be damaging winds, some hail and heavy rain, with flash flooding also possible.

PHOTO: The threat for strong storms moves into the Northeast on Saturday.ABC News
The threat for strong storms moves into the Northeast on Saturday.

Through the holiday weekend, some areas from the Dakotas to the Southeast could see more than 3 inches of rain locally, which could cause more flash flooding.

PHOTO: The heaviest rain will fall in the Plains and the Southeast over the weekend.ABC News
The heaviest rain will fall in the Plains and the Southeast over the weekend.

The hot and humid weather will continue for the eastern U.S., with a heat advisory issued from Detroit to Philadelphia, where the heat index could reach 95 to 100.

The heat is not only in the lower 48 states. Anchorage, Alaska, hit 90 degrees for the first time on record Thursday and more heat is forecast for Alaska Friday.

PHOTO: The heat index remains high in the eastern U.S. on Friday.ABC News
The heat index remains high in the eastern U.S. on Friday.

Important advantages of online sports betting:

There are a large number of people who enjoy online sportsbook betting. Online sports betting has become a popular way to earn a huge amount of money. But the only thing about online sports betting is that it should be legal in any circumstances.

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Now you can have that much of confidence that you will get paid certainly which was rare in the past. With no doubt, you can send money to your any betting line as the sportsbook are now licensed and regulated strongly.