Washington Post: The U.S. census is in trouble. This is why it’s crucial to what the nation knows about itself.

Washington Post: The U.S. census is in trouble. This is why it’s crucial to what the nation knows about itself.. “The U.S. census has recently been the subject of political argument. After contentious discussions before a congressional panel, John Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau, stepped down last week. To provide background information on the census and what it does, I interviewed Kenneth Prewitt, the Carnegie professor of public affairs and the vice president for global centers at Columbia University, and a former director of the Census Bureau, about how the census works, why it has become political and why it remains important.”