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Climber Builds Replica Wall Over Trump Claim

Climbers can try to scale a replica border wall in Kentucky

(Newser) - Impossible to climb? Rick Weber doesn't the think so. The climber and engineer has built a replica border wall to see if professional climbers can get over it, the Hill reports. Weber, 75, says he constructed the wall in response to President Trump's boast that even "20... More »

Report: Trump Suggested Shooting Migrants in Legs

He wanted alligators in border trench, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump aired some disturbing ideas during a "frenzied" week in March when his frustration with border security reached a boiling point, reports the New York Times , which cites "more than a dozen White House and administration officials." According to the sources, during one meeting in March... More »

Defense Secretary OKs Use of DOD Funds for Border Wall

Mark Esper approves the use of $3.6B for 175 miles of wall

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Trump's wall along the Mexican border, the AP reports. Pentagon officials would not say which 127 projects will be affected, but said details will... More »

Pink Seesaws Unite Kids in 2 Countries

Children from US, Mexico play together on 'Teetertotter Wall'

(Newser) - Children on opposite sides of the US-Mexico border were able to play together Monday, despite the bars between them. That's thanks to two California professors who erected three bright-pink seesaws through a section of steel border fence separating El Paso, Texas, from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, reports the Guardian ... More »

Supreme Court: Border Wall Can Be Built With DOD Funds

$2.5B in Defense Department money can now be tapped by Trump administration for sections of wall

(Newser) - The Supreme Court cleared the way Friday for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. The court's five conservative justices gave the administration the green light to begin work on four contracts it has awarded using... More »

Court Rules Against Border Wall Funding

Appeals court says Trump can't use Pentagon cash

(Newser) - An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in... More »

Judge: Trump Can't Use Military Money for His Wall

'All President Trump has succeeded in building is a constitutional crisis': California AG

(Newser) - A federal judge on Friday prohibited President Trump from tapping $2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. in Oakland acted on two lawsuits filed by California and by activists who contended... More »

They Didn't Raise $1B. They Are Building a Wall Anyway

Short section going up on private land in New Mexico

(Newser) - In December, a "We the People Will Build the Wall" campaign launched on GoFundMe with a $1 billion goal. It didn't raise anywhere close to that, but roughly a third of the nearly $22 million a nonprofit subsequently ended up getting is now being used to build a... More »

Trump's Border Wall Plan Sees a Hiccup

Judge says Trump can't build sections using money designated for military

(Newser) - A federal judge blocked President Trump this week from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency. US District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds for wall construction, per the AP... More »

Bad News for House Dems on Trump's First Veto

A vote of 248-181 is not enough

(Newser) - The Democratic-controlled House fell short Tuesday in its effort to override President Donald Trump's first veto, handing him a victory in his drive to spend billions more for constructing barriers along the Southwest border than Congress has approved, the AP reports. Lawmakers voted 248-181 in favor of overturning his... More »

Dems Cry Foul as Pentagon Transfers $1B for Border Wall

Defense chief Shanahan will be grilled by a House panel over the move

(Newser) - "Christmas came early this week," Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Monday night after the Pentagon authorized the transfer of $1 billion to build 57 miles of border wall. The transfer is the first under the emergency declared last month by President Trump, who retweeted his son's remark. In... More »

Trump Uses His First Veto Over Border Wall Funding

It doesn't appear the Senate has enough votes to override

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday vetoed a congressional attempt to keep him from obtaining funding for a wall at the Mexico border. The "reckless" resolution would endanger Americans, he said at the Oval Office ceremony, reports the Hill . "Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have... More »

Senate Rebukes Trump, Trump's Response: 'VETO!'

Senate passes measure blocking Trump's border emergency

(Newser) - As expected , the Senate voted 59-41 Thursday to block President Trump's declaration of an emergency at the US-Mexico border. All the Democratic senators, plus 12 Republicans, voted in favor of the resolution rebuking Trump's move to get funding for his border wall, the Hill reports. The House... More »

Trump Finds a Fresh Avenue for Border Wall Money

Obviously, the House won't be jumping at it

(Newser) - President Donald Trump will seek $8.6 billion in his new budget to build the US-Mexico border wall, two administration officials said Sunday, setting up another showdown with Congress, which has resisted giving him more money for his signature campaign promise. The request would more than double the $8.1... More »

McConnell: Senate Will Likely Reject Trump's Emergency

But, he notes, presidential veto will likely not be overriden

(Newser) - The Senate will indeed pass a resolution blocking President Trump's border emergency declaration, Mitch McConnell said Monday, days after Rand Paul's support of the House-passed resolution pushed the chamber to the 51 votes it would need to also pass it. The Senate majority leader's acknowledgment "underscore[s]... More »

'National Emergency' Tide Turns in the Senate

Sen. Rand Paul says he can't back the White House

(Newser) - Opponents of President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexico border appear to have enough Senate votes to reject his move, now that Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky has said he can't go along with the White House, the AP reports. The House has voted... More »

House Passes Bill to Block Trump's Emergency Declaration

President has promised a veto if it passes Senate

(Newser) - Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Trump's bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall, escalating a clash over whether he was abusing his powers to advance his paramount campaign pledge. The House's 245-182 vote to... More »

Threats Are 'Very Real,' but Not From Mexico, General Says

Senators question diverting Pentagon money to build a wall

(Newser) - Under pointed questioning from senators, the top US general for homeland defense said Tuesday that he sees no military threat coming from the southern border with Mexico, but his focus is on "very real" threats from China and Russia in the north. Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander,... More »

58 Ex-US Security Officials Weigh In on Trump's Emergency

They are releasing a formal letter opposing the emergency declaration Monday

(Newser) - A group of former US national security officials is set to release a statement arguing there is no justification for President Trump to use a national emergency declaration to fund a wall along the US-Mexico border, the AP reports. The statement, which was reviewed by the AP, has 58 signatures... More »

The Political Topic That Made Its Way Onstage

Maya Rudolph, Javier Bardem, chef Jose Andres mentioned walls, immigrants

(Newser) - Politics wasn't a high priority at the Oscars Sunday night, but one particular topic appeared to be broached more than once: the proposed border wall with Mexico. Comedian Maya Rudolph first touched on it in the opening monologue she did with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, informing the audience,... More »

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