Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• The Trump administration abandoned its quest to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a week after being blocked by the Supreme Court. The decision was a victory for critics who said the question was part of an administration effort to skew the census results in favor of Republicans.
• Overcrowded, squalid conditions are more widespread at migrant centers along the southern border than initially revealed, the Department of Homeland Security’s independent watchdog said Tuesday. Its report describes standing-room-only cells, children without showers and hot meals, and detainees clamoring desperately for release.
• As criticism of Customs and Border Protection amplified on Capitol Hill this week, the agency’s officials condemned a secret Facebook group for current and former agents that featured jokes about migrant deaths, obscene images of Latina lawmakers and threats to members of Congress.
• President Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee said they had raised $105 million in the second quarter, signaling that the president will have vastly more resources than he did in 2016. Campaign officials said 725,000 individual supporters gave an average donation of $48, marking the first time the R.N.C. attracted a larger share of donations under $200 than its Democratic counterpart.
• Senator Bernie Sanders raised $18 million in three months, a significant sum but less than Pete Buttigieg’s $24.8 million raised in the second quarter. Mr. Sanders’s fund-raising has slowed since he began his campaign, though his second-quarter total is still likely to be among the largest in the field.
• Seeking to overcome a deficit with black voters, Mr. Buttigieg addressed the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, founded by the civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, in Chicago on Tuesday. The convention is a crucial opportunity for Mr. Buttigieg, whose handling of a police shooting last month has disillusioned black voters.
• Senator Cory Booker proposed a sweeping immigration plan aimed at improving the situation on the border, including directing the Department of Homeland Security to phase out any contracts with private prison facilities and county or local prisons over three years.
• Three polls released after the Democratic debates all show essentially the same thing: Support for Kamala Harris is growing, and Joe Biden’s lead is shrinking.
• Online polls are quickly replacing live interview telephone polling as the principal source of data on national public opinion. But evidence shows that it is easier to judge the quality of a traditional poll than a nontraditional one.
• Lawmakers sued the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday, demanding access to Mr. Trump’s tax returns and escalating a fight with an administration that has repeatedly dismissed as illegitimate its attempt to obtain the financial records.
• Two tanks and several other armored vehicles are sitting in a rail yard in Southeast Washington, a few miles from the Lincoln Memorial. The presence of tanks in the capital suggests that the president has succeeded in turning the city’s Independence Day festivities into a salute to the U.S. military.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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