Will The U.S. Census Actually Be More Accurate? (HBO)

Another controversial Trump administration policy had its day in the Supreme Court today: Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The issue at hand was whether Trump’s Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, had the right to add the question. And whether it matters that the question may lead to a massive undercounting of immigrants.

Trump has the advantage of having two of his appointees — Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — on the bench. And by the end of the 80-minute arguments, it seemed they and the other conservatives were ready to side with the administration.

The Census takes place every 10 years, as required by the Constitution. The results are used to determine how many congressional seats, and how many Electoral College votes, each state gets. They also help determine how almost $900 billion in federal funding is allocated.

The 2010 Census asked 10 basic questions of every household in America: How many people lived there, how old they were, what their race, ethnicity, and gender were. It didn’t ask whether people were citizens or not. The government did ask a citizenship question in every census between 1890 and 1950. It was taken out by 1960.

But last year, the Bureau announced it was bringing the question back. It claimed the Justice Department needed the citizenship data to properly enforce the Voting Rights Act. But civil rights groups thought Ross’s real motive was to drive down immigrant participation. So they sued and won at lower-level courts in New York and California.

With surveys scheduled to be printed this summer, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

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Democratic lawmakers question Ross’s truthfulness

The chairman of a House oversight panel questioned whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was “truthful” when testifying last year about his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. (March 14)

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Jim Ross Predicts Who Will Take Over WWE After Vince McMahon

For decades, WWE has ruled supreme as the world’s number-one “sports entertainment” company.

In 1982, Vince McMahon bought the company that would eventually become WWE from his father, and he’s run the empire ever since. Today he is the Chairman and CEO, and he also occasionally appears on television as his “Mr. McMahon” character. 

Now 72, McMahon still oversees every aspect of the company, but some have begun to speculate regarding who might take over his role, assuming he ever decides to step down. We asked WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, a part-time WWE employee whose relationship with the company spans decades, what he sees as the most likely outcome.

Ross is currently promoting the release of his new book “Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling,” which he wrote with Paul O’Brien. Following is a transcript of the video.

Jim Ross: I have an opinion on where the company will go. I will say this — you know, Vince is very healthy. He still works out like a crazy man. He really takes care of himself. So, he ain’t going anywhere soon. We don’t want him to go anywhere soon. He’s the rock that built that thing. He’s the rudder in the water. It’s an amazing company.

[Jim Ross is a legendary WWE announcer and executive. He wrote a new memoir about his career in wrestling]

I think that, if I’m guessing, and it’s gonna strictly be a guess — that the money would be on, probably, Paul Levesque to be Vince’s successor.

[Paul Levesque is better known as “Triple H.” He’s one of the most popular WWE superstars in history. And he’s married to Vince’s daughter Stephanie McMahon.]

I think Vince is kind of preparing him for that in a lot of ways. You always knew that he was different from the other guys because he was very studious, and very – under control. He didn’t drink. No drugs. He looked to be a lifer early on, and he got a lot of that from being a fan all his life growing up in the northeast — New Hampshire. Then, getting trained by Killer Kowalski who was a great, old-school guy. So, I think he’s probably the heir apparent.

[Levesque is WWE’s EVP of Talent, Live Events, and Creative. He also runs WWE’s developmental promotion known as NXT]

Stephanie is very involved and, you know, is really more of a face of WWE. She does a lot of charity work.  And she’s great at that. And you’ve got to have that in that world.

[Stephanie’s older brother Shane also works for WWE]

I think Shane seems to be, apparently, content with being a TV character. I don’t know where his role’s gonna be going forward or what he wants it to be. But, I think that Paul Levesque is the one that seems to be earmarked to be the next guy, if and when Vince is not in that role. 

But Vince is a — he’s a unique cat, man. For him to get a publicly traded company in wrestling — are you kidding? Think of the image that wrestling has had for so many years. And I will tell you that if Vince had not rehabilitated the image of sports entertainment and made it a global brand, there’s just no way in hell I’d even be sitting here talking to you. I wouldn’t even —I would be unknown!

He made all of us known and he created a Walt Disney empire with bodyslams and headlocks and the actors playing the role of their own stuntmen. It’s been an amazing metamorphosis, how that’s evolved. And I don’t believe that there’s ever been a more brilliant entrepreneur than Vince McMahon in any walk of life. Think about it. Smokey old arenas — the image that wrestling had. “Oh, that rasslin’ stuff’s all fake! Aw, nobody watch rasslin’.”

All of a sudden, he’s in over a hundred countries and 40 languages or something and it’s big-time. And I just think that what he’s done, without me kissing his behind – I’ve done that, too, on television. In the world that he was managing and pulling out of, he had to be tough. You know, he’s a brilliant man.

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Mark Cuban Is Taking On The WWE With New Japan Pro Wrestling

Mark Cuban’s cable and satellite network AXS TV — formerly known as HDNet — acquired the rights to broadcast New Japan Professional Wrestling in 2015. NJPW, or “New Japan,” as it’s commonly known, is a popular Tokyo-based promotion that some fans view as a grittier, more physically intense alternative to WWE programming. The network airs new episodes of New Japan Pro Wrestling on Friday nights at 8p ET.

In 2015, AXS hired legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross to broadcast New Japan matches for the network’s weekly broadcasts. Ross, who is a part-time WWE employee, told us that Vince McMahon gave him his blessing to work for NJPW as well as WWE. 

Ross is currently promoting the release of his new book “Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling,” which he wrote with Paul O’Brien. 

Jim Ross: New Japan is a wrestling promotion that’s been in business since the early 70’s. It was created by Antonio Inoki. Antonio Inoki fought Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match years and years ago.

It’s a very successful wrestling promotion in Japan. The number one promotion in Japan now is New Japan. So, they produce their television show. They have a digital network — all those good things. But their style is, fundamentally, a throwback.

 [AXS TV broadcasts New Japan matches in the US]

It’s on AXS TV. Mark Cuban is the owner of AXS TV. I’m pretty lucky. I don’t have to worry about my checks clearing. I get a check from Vince. I get a check from Mark. And thus far, they’ve all been good, so I like that.

[Ross is a legendary WWE announcer and executive. He still works for WWE on a part-time basis. Ross started announcing for New Japan in 2015.]

Working with Mark Cuban has been cool, and, you know, Vince – they’re a lot alike. They’re wealthy guys that have built their own empires. And I so much appreciate and respect that.

I think Vince has got all he can say grace over, over his empire. And he’s got complete confidence that his brand is growing, is healthy, and it is. I’m sure that New Japan would love to have the success that Vince has built with the WWE. They obviously want to enlarge their footprint in North America as another territory that they’re gonna conquer.

It’s a fun product to watch. It’s very straightforward. And some of our shows have one match on them.  So, you can really settle in and tell that story — the strategy and reference back to what happened, you know, earlier. “He hurt his leg, remember? Just after the match started, he got his knee clipped,” or whatever.

So, you can bring all these stories forward and you’ve got time to do it. Our directive by the AXS TV folks is to call the match like it was a sporting event and stick to the action.

If we start talking about things that are totally unrelated to what you’re seeing, there is a disconnect. There has to be. That would be like Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, in the middle of a live play, while the ball is snapped, talking about what’s trending today on the NFL. They’re gonna talk about the play. 

But, the one-hour show is a big difference for me, and the quality is a lot like the old NWA days, you know, when Dusty Rhodes was booking the NWA and Ric Flair was hotter than a firecracker. It’s a very basic formula, and I think that’s what New Japan does very well.

So, if you’re an old wrestling fan and have become a little bit displaced because you preferred a more physical, more straightforward approach more often than not, then New Japan might be a real good program to check out, without question.

If you like wrestling, right now is probably the coolest time in the world to be a fan.  

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Hulk Hogan Will Make A WWE Comeback In 2018, Says Jim Ross

Hulk Hogan, one of the most famous wrestling superstars in the history of WWE, has been missing from the company for a long time. In 2015, after an audio tape surfaced wherein Hogan can be heard using a racial slur, WWE swiftly terminated his contract. The tape was part of the sex tape posted by Gawker in 2012. 

In 2016, Gawker lost a gigantic lawsuit to Hogan after a Florida jury found that the media company had violated Hogan’s privacy by posting a one-minute, 41-second clip of the sex tape online along with commentary. Gawker eventually settled with Hogan for $31 million. 

Upon terminating Hogan, WWE, removed all traces of the famed wrestler from its website, removing links to his profile, merchandise, and photographs. But lately, there have been rumblings suggesting Hogan might soon return to WWE. 

We asked one of the most highly revered figures in WWE history, Jim Ross, if he thinks Hogan will make a comeback soon. Ross is promoting the release of his new book “Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling,” which he wrote with Paul O’Brien. 

WWE did not respond to our request for a comment. Following is a transcript of the video. 

Jim Ross: I don’t have any insider knowledge that Hulk will be back in WWE, but if he isn’t in 2018, I will be shocked.

[Jim Ross is a legendary WWE announcer and executive. He wrote a new memoir about his career in wrestling]

[An audio recording of Hogan using a racial slur surfaced in 2015. WWE swiftly terminated Hogan’s contract]

The world has an interesting way of forgiving others. The guy paid his price. He had a trial. He lost jobs. He had a court case. I don’t know what more he needs to do. And why are we his judge and jury? It seems right for, arguably the greatest alumnus of WWE ever with the most global name identity, will make his presence felt in WWE in some way. 

I don’t know what Terry – Hulk Hogan is able to do physically. I know he’s still training. He’s about my age — 64, but he’s in really good shape. He looks awesome. So, I would say that Hulk is – there’s a ticket for Hulk to punch somewhere to get back in WWE, at least on a reoccurring role-type basis, in my opinion.

If I were there, I would encourage that development. If you don’t like him, don’t watch the damn thing, but I believe he belongs on that television show or WWE in general, and that somewhere in 2018 that will happen.  

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