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The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On

The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.LA GRULLA, Texas — The federal government said it needed Ociel Mendoza's land on the outskirts of this tiny Texas town — and it couldn't wait any longer.Each additional day of delay was costing the government $15,000 as contractors waited to begin construction on the...

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Records Show Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts

Records Show Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.On the same day in May 2019, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a pair of contracts worth $788 million to replace 83 miles of fence along the southwest border.The to be completed in January 2020, the Corps said then. Four months into this year, however, the government...

October 28, 2020
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Texas counties temporarily blocked from offering multiple mail-in ballot drop-off locations

Texas counties temporarily blocked from offering multiple mail-in ballot drop-off locations

, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.Texas counties are currently blocked from setting up multiple drop-off locations for absentee ballots heading into the Nov. 3 general election due to a temporary order from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That order came hours after top Texas officials on Saturday again sought to limit drop-off locations some voters use during the coronavirus pandemic.The federal appeals court's order sets up a likely last-minute legal battle over absentee voting in Texas as mail-in ballots are already being...

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October 11, 2020
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Texas tries again to block counties from having multiple ballot drop-off locations

Texas tries again to block counties from having multiple ballot drop-off locations

Jolie McCullough, Cassandra Pollock and Perla Trevizo, The Texas Tribune, ProPublica Published: October 10, 2020, 5:47 pmTags: , , , , , , , Sign up for our NewslettersJolie McCullough, Cassandra Pollock and Perla Trevizo, The Texas Tribune, ProPublica Published: October 10, 2020, 5:47 pmTags: , , , , , , , (TEXAS TRIBUNE) – Texas counties are currently blocked from setting up multiple drop-off locations for absentee ballots heading into the Nov. 3 general election due to a temporary order from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. That order came hours after top Texas officials on...

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The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic

The Loan Company That Sued Thousands of Low-Income Latinos During the Pandemic

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.HOUSTON — On an afternoon in mid-June, Analleli Solis was walking home from her brother’s house just down the street when she noticed someone she didn’t know retreating from the front door of her modest brick home.Solis approached the woman, who handed her an...

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October 1, 2020
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Private Border Wall Fundraisers Have Been Arrested on Fraud Charges

Private Border Wall Fundraisers Have Been Arrested on Fraud Charges

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.When we asked Brian Kolfage last month to explain how his group We Build the Wall had spent the $25 million it had raised, plus address concerns of corruption when the private sector takes over the building of border walls, he scoffed.“How is there corruption?” Kolfage, a...

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