Why the Trump administration is running out of time to print the census

The task of printing forms for the 2020 census was already enormous and difficult, with an immovable once-a-decade deadline mandated by the Constitution.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court made the printing of census forms — a job held by one company, R.R. Donnelley — even more onerous.

Over decades in Chicago, R.R. Donnelley has printed best-selling novels, direct mail, copies of The New Yorker and Sears catalogs. Now the company has been left to grapple with the uncertainty and logistical nightmare of meeting a looming printing deadline.