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Inside The Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths And Post Sexist Memes

Inside The Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths And Post Sexist Memes

Members of a secret group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings. In one exchange, group members responded with indifference and wisecracks to the post of a news story about a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died in May while in custody at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas. One member posted a GIF of...

July 1, 2019
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Hungry and homeless Texans are waiting anxiously for Congress to act. The day after Christmas, pandemic jobless aid expires.

Hungry and homeless Texans are waiting anxiously for Congress to act. The day after Christmas, pandemic jobless aid expires.

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day's latest updates.Rockie McMahan has been sleeping in her 2007 Ford Fusion with her pit bull, Lilly. The Amarillo woman lost her job cleaning houses early in the pandemic, and her ex-boyfriend kicked her out less than a week before Christmas after he felt she wasn’t keeping up her fair share financially.“I don’t know where I’m going to sleep tonight or tomorrow night or the night after that,” McMahan said in a phone interview Wednesday from a church parking lot. “I don’t have any money...

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Dec 24
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Texas’ unemployment system is confusing and frustrating. Here’s how to navigate it.

Texas’ unemployment system is confusing and frustrating. Here’s how to navigate it.

This article is co-published with , a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.If you’re confused about how the Texas Workforce Commission is handling your unemployment claim, you aren’t alone.Nearly 4 million Texans have applied for unemployment benefits since March, and we’ve heard from thousands who have struggled with their unemployment claims ever since. They have endured months of problems with the TWC, been and tried to .Meanwhile, two main programs authorized by the federal CARES Act that significantly expand assistance are set to expire at the end of December. Days...

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Dec 4
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Biden camp cancels multiple Texas events after a "Trump Train" surrounded a campaign bus

Biden camp cancels multiple Texas events after a "Trump Train" surrounded a campaign bus

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a Friday incident in which a group of Trump supporters, driving trucks and waving Trump flags, surrounded and followed a Biden campaign bus as it drove up I-35 in Hays County, a law enforcement official confirmed to The Texas Tribune Saturday.The confrontation, captured on video, featured at least one minor collision and led to Texas Democrats canceling three scheduled campaign events on Friday. The campaign officials cited “safety concerns” for the cancellations.The highway skirmish came as Democrats close ground in a state that is...

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Nov 1
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Texas is on track for record turnout in this election after breaking early voting records

Texas is on track for record turnout in this election after breaking early voting records

After the conclusion of three weeks of early voting, 9.7 million Texans have cast ballots, crushing previous early voting totals in the state and setting Texas on a course for record turnout in this Tuesday's general election.At least 9,709,376 voters cast early ballots, according to preliminary final numbers released by the Texas Secretary of State and the counties on Saturday morning. That is 57.3% percent of registered voters, just shy of the overall turnout of 59.4% in 2016 by 2 percentage points.Of those early votes, 8,738,363 were cast in person; 971,013 were cast by mail.Early...

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Oct 31
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Pa. has rejected 372,000 mail ballot applications, bewildering voters and straining elections staff

Pa. has rejected 372,000 mail ballot applications, bewildering voters and straining elections staff

This article is co-published with , a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. to get their next investigation. Pennsylvania has rejected 372,000 requests for mail ballots, straining election offices and bewildering voters in in the presidential election. Related stories More than 90% of those applications, or about 336,000, were denied as duplicates, primarily because people who had requested mail ballots for the state’s June 2 primary did not realize they had checked a box to be sent ballots for the general election, too. Voters have also been baffled by unclear or inaccurate...

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Oct 16
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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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Oct 11
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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

AUSTIN () — 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 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 collected and  Tuesday.Attorney General  filed an emergency stay Saturday,...

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Oct 10
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We Are Tracking What Happens to Police After They Use Force on Protestors

We Are Tracking What Happens to Police After They Use Force on Protestors

by , , , , July 29, 2020.ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.A in late May in response to the killing in police custody of George Floyd, police departments seemed to respond with more violence. In the ensuing weeks, hundreds of videos of police interactions with protesters surfaced on and other social media sites, often drawing outrage and, in some cases, swift .ProPublica wanted to find out what happens after these moments are caught on tape. We culled hundreds of videos to find those with the clearest...

July 29, 2020
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States Are Reopening: See How Coronavirus Cases Rise or Fall

States Are Reopening: See How Coronavirus Cases Rise or Fall

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Update, May 21, 2020: After reported that states may be inflating test numbers, we changed this map to display positive tests per capita rather than as a percentage of total tests.Many states are lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions on social and business activity that were put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. Questions linger, however, about whether some states meet criteria set by public health experts and the federal government for doing so. Experts...

July 17, 2020
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