Census Bureau Director John Thompson's five-year term expired in December, but he had been widely expected to stay on through at least the end of this year. U.S. Census Bureau hide caption

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Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary nominee for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, arrives Wednesday for his Senate confirmation hearing. Ross is warning America's trading partners to practice "fair trade" and cut state control over business if they want access to the world's biggest economy. T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Ex-Democrat Wilbur Ross Makes Some Republicans Nervous At Confirmation Hearing

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A worker stokes a burning cauldron at a steel mill in Hefei, in eastern China's Anhui province in 2011. Chinese steelmakers are overproducing, hurting prices and jobs, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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