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🧵1/ For better — and worse — there’s a lot going on in Texas and often what happens here has implications for the rest of the country. This is why @ProPublica & @TexasTribune joined forces to form an investigative team led by @zahiratorres.
Here’s some of what we did last year:
2/ In 2021, Gov. Abbott launched #OperationLoneStar, the state’s latest iteration of a border crackdown, arguing the federal government failed to do its job so TX needed to step in to stop the smuggling of people/drugs.
@lomikriel & I teamed up w/ @MarshallProj to look into it.
3/ Our investigation exposed how the state’s claim of success was based on shifting metrics that included crimes with no connection to the border. That included a Black man who lived 250 miles away and was arrested on a family violence assault charge.
propublica.org/article/texas-…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/24/2021 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2021/12/24/dai…
Marine heatwaves can decimate the oldest and youngest coral, raising concerns about the reproductive future of reefs

phys.org/news/2021-12-m…

#MarineHeatwaves, #CoralDistribution, #ReefEcosystems
Come for the Tool, Stay for the Exchange: Bootstrapping Liquidity in the Private Markets

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#CapitalFlow, #PrivateMarkets, #AssetClasses, #PortfolioDiversification, #bootstrapping, #liquidity
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Since there’s a lot of talk around #Texas building its own #borderwall after @GregAbbott_TX announced his plans, I thought it would be a good opportunity to go over what @jinatx and I found last year via @texastribune @propublica
texastribune.org/2021/06/16/tex…
Part of the problem is a lot of it is privately owned along a winding river.
Fisher built 3 mi on the banks of the Rio Grande. More than a year later, it still has serious erosion issues (disputed by the builder) and is at the center of lawsuits.
propublica.org/article/he-bui…
Some of the funding came from a private fundraising effort. But last August, some of the fundraisers for #WeBuildtheWall were arrested on fraud charges. #Trump pardoned Steve Bannon, his former advisor, but for the rest, the case is ongoing.
texastribune.org/2020/08/20/we-…
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The #First100Days of a president’s term are historically their best chance to enact their agenda. What has Biden done?
Biden and Harris promised to implement a public option and lower the age of Medicare to 60, policies that fail to cover the 92 million Americans who are uninsured or underinsured and save the 68,000 who die every year from a lack of insurance. #MedicareForAll
But Biden and the Democrats didn’t even live up to these moderate pledges. Instead, they expanded COBRA subsidies, funneling tens of billions of dollars to health insurance corporations that are already making record profits as they jack up premiums and increasingly deny claims.
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This morning in Texas, the @JoeBiden Administration seized the property of the Cavazos family for #borderwall construction, after being granted possession via court order. We are outraged. This outcome was avoidable had the administration simply dismissed the case outright. (1/4)
TCRP represents the Cavazos family in this litigation and we hope to have a full statement on this horrible decision soon. DOJ must immediately reverse course and return all seized lands to the communities from where they came. (2/4) #NotAnotherFoot
This decision by the administration will not in any way “build back better” and breaks @POTUS's promise to dismiss all border wall cases. Stay tuned as we work with the Cavazos family to share their story and this devastating outcome that must be immediately reversed. (3/4)
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 04/09/2021 greeneracresvaluenetwork.wordpress.com/2021/04/09/dai…
Europe’s third wave: ‘It’s spreading fast and it’s spreading everywhere’

ft.com/content/d1af35…

#COVID19 #waves #surges #europe
PSYOP, Cyber, and InfoWar: Combating the New Age IED - Modern War Institute

mwi.usma.edu/psyop-cyber-an…

#cybersecurity #infowars #military #InformationSecurity
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NEW: @JinATX and I found that CBP awarded at least 12 TX #borderwall contracts without 1st owning all the land, racking up millions in delay costs.

Then the agency used the delays on those contracts in court as justification to immediately take the land.
propublica.org/article/texas-…
Building a border wall was one of Trump’s core campaign promises. The instruction to CBP was to get as much done as possible. The problem is that in Texas most of the riverfront land is privately owned.
Out of the 110 miles the administration planned to build in the #RioGrandeValley, just 15 miles had been finished as of mid-December. A map showing 14 new border wall projects in Texas, out of w
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A drone tour of 7 ecologically important areas being destroyed by Trump’s #borderwall in Ariz.

These are wildlife refuges, national park land, endangered species habitat, wilderness & biodiversity hotspots.

1) Buenos Aries National Wildlife Refuge

2) Tinajas Altas Mountains

3) The San Pedro River at the San Pedro National Conservation Area

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.@DHSgov just published an "environmental stewardship plan" for 63 miles of #BorderWall construction in Arizona.

This plan, released 14 months after the bulldozers started ripping through AZ wilderness, is full of false promises, contradictions & outright lies... THREAD /1
For starters, the plan came out more than a year after wall construction started -- long after @DHSgov butchered hundreds of ancient saguaro cactuses, blasted Indigenous sacred sites, destroyed endangered species habitat & depleted fragile of groundwater aquifers. /2
I asked the @CBPArizona public lands liaison: what's the point of publishing a stewardship plan more than a year *after* the damage was done?

He refused to answer & said I should email a generic @CBP address with my question. No responses yet... (& I'm not holding my breath). /3
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GOOD NEWS

Appeals Court RESURRECTS House's #BorderWall Lawsuit

A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. unanimously disagreed, citing to the court’s recent en banc decision in the case of former White House counsel #ezhel McGahn.

#MOG

lawandcrime.com/lawsuit/that-t…
The #McGahn court clearly held that a single house of Congress could have standing to pursue litigation against the Executive for injury to its legislative rights,” wrote Senior Circuit Judge #DavidSentelle, a Reagan appointee... Judges #PatriciaMillet and #RobertWilkins agreed
The Court also took the Trump administration to task for claiming that the Executive Branch has broad autonomy to spend federal funds without CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL—an argument the court said “turns the constitutional order upside down.”

#MOG
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With the recent arrests, and escalated violence against Indigenous Tribes defending their Homelands from the Colonizer's Destructive Border Wall. I wanted to show some solidarity from Dinétah, the home of one of my ancestral bloodlines. #nowalls #noborders
#borderwall
Ahéhee’ to the Uncle Sam for helping brainstorm this with me.

We translated "No Walls No Borders" into Dine' Bizaad.

"Bináhásdzo Dooda!".

This has the ability to be understood in English as, "No Walls No Borders!".
We never used to have Nation Borders physically scarring our Mother Earth. We placed our homes within' our Four Sacred Mountains. Even The Navajo Nation borders drawn on a map today, go against our Ancestral teachings. Shame on our Navajo 'leaders' who support the Colonizers way.
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1/ A timeline re @SDSheriff & @SanDiegoPD's response to violence at #SanDiego protests beginning in summer 2017

July 2 2017: An "Impeachment Rally" at the County Admin Bldg. is disrupted by #ProudBoys as @SDSheriff Deputies stand back and watch, doing nothing to separate people
2/ Organizers meet w/@SDSheriff Gore to express concern over what appears to be gang violence

Response: it's not an "economic enterprise" so it's not considered "gang related."

Meanwhile: A group called "Bordertown Patriots" uses variation of @SDSheriff HQ address as their own
3/ Aug 12: Heather Heyer killed in Charlottesville

Complaint re:#ProudBoys filed with CLERB: Case 17-056. Witnesses at hearing note protesters are at increased risks of violence from #ProudBoys & others

Aug. 27: Proud Boys travel to Berkeley, are arrested for disorderly conduct
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⚠️The OMB now requires political appointees—instead of high-ranking career officials—to sign off on every action to apportion (i.e., spend or stop) funds that Congress has appropriated under its *exclusive* constitutional power to do so. politico.com/news/2020/08/1…
With the diverse Power of the Purse Coalition, we oppose the White House’s latest effort to abuse the budgeting process & push congressionally appropriated funds toward executive branch policy priorities. @demandprogress @FreedomWorks @NTU @POGOBlog @RSI pogo.org/press/release/…
The power of the purse belongs to Congress; the executive branch can spend public funds *only as Congress directs*.

The founders purposely separated these powers to protect our democracy from declining into tyranny. POTUS dodging that separation violates our Constitution.
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“The defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a #BorderWall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction.”

– SDNY Statement cnbc.com/2020/08/20/for…
“While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder of @WeBuildtheWall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle.”

👉🏻 cnb.cx/2EhTL8L
More than $25 million worth of donors actually believed this. 🤦🏼‍♂️
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Starting now: @POTUS news conference from Bedminster, New Jersey...called less than an hour ago Image
* Correction - it was called shortly after 6pm ET and set to start at 7pm
.@POTUS starts with economic data, hailing job creation - "the single greatest 3-month period of job creation in American history"
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Over the weekend, @readonaldtrump renounced a 3-mile private border wall in South Texas, and @USAttyPatrick called it a “vanity project” & a “scam.” 1/8
propublica.org/article/trump-…
(Know anything about #borderwall contracts, pending investigations or the inner workings of the IBWC? please reach out to us: jeremy.schwartz@propublica.org / perla.trevizo@propublica.org) 2/8
.@FisherSanG leveraged the project to showcase the “Lamborghini of border walls” and received a $1.28 billion contract to build more segments of the fence in AZ, the largest ever awarded. 3/8
tucson.com/news/local/1-2…
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Praise for #Colombia & #Brazil from @Southcom Cmdr Adm Craig Faller during briefing for @POTUS on counternarcotics ops - "On the field to compete...you want the best players with you & we certainly have those winners with us here today"

Faller says both countries paying to help
.@Southcom's Adm Faller specifically points out to @POTUS a brigadier general from #Colombia

"President Duque has sent us his best, & paying for it" Faller tells @POTUS "He comes here fully paid by Colombia & her works for me"
Faller also commends #Brazil for sending a major general - "one of the sharpest in the Brazilian armed forces" - to work on counternarcotics

"Again, Brazil is paying for him to come here & work for me" Faller tells @POTUS
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Trump wanted to bypass our system of checks & balances to build his #borderwall. Last week, yet ANOTHER fed court blocked him and affirmed that presidents can’t declare fake emergencies for political gain. aclu.org/legal-document…
Our case challenging Trump’s nat’l emergency declaration to build the #borderwall argues that federal law doesn't allow presidents to declare fake emergencies when they disagree w/Congress. Nat’l emergencies aren't political tools. #EndTheEmergency protectdemocracy.org/project/el-pas…
Our Constitution established the separation of powers so that we have a President, not a King. Congress has the power of the purse, and Trump can’t override it. We will hold him to what the Constitution says. So will the courts.
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BREAKING: We’re pressing on in our fight against @realDonaldTrump fake emergency for his #BorderWall. On behalf of El Paso Cty & @border_human we’ve just urged a federal appeals court to uphold a decision blocking Trump’s illegal end-run around Congress & the Constitution.
#Coronavirus makes clear there’s a time & place for an emergency proclamation. It’s also clearer than ever that @realDonaldTrump “emergency” on the southern border was fake and just an excuse to override Congress to grab power.
Every court to rule on the merits of @realDonaldTrump fake emergency for his #BorderWall has declared his moves to steal 💰from the @DeptofDefense ILLEGAL. We’ve just urged the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to do the same. protectdemocracy.org/update/el-paso…
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"Our continued success is contingent upon predictable, adequate, sustained & timely funding" @DeptofDefense SecDef @EsperDoD tells #SASC re FY2021 budget, asking for on-time passage of $705.4 billion budget which "does not keep pace w/inflation"
Per @EsperDoD, the proposed budget contains "significant investments" in #hypersonics #microelectronics #5G autonomous systems &#ArtificialIntelligence
#China #Huawei - "If our @NATO allies incoporate Huawei technology it may very well have a severe impact on our ability to share information...& for the alliance to conduct itself as an alliance" @EsperDoD tells #SASC's @TomCottonAR
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The Niskanen Center, El Paso County, Border Network for Human Rights, and @ProtctDemocracy filed an amicus brief (in a case brought by several states and NGOs) to continue the fight against Trump’s attempt to override Congressional authority to fund his #BorderWall.
We argue that the lower court was correct in holding that Trump cannot legally spend the $3.6B Congress appropriated for military construction funds...because the border wall is neither a “military construction project” nor is “necessary to support use of the armed forces.”
The brief added that spending these funds on the border wall is illegal because #Congress provided that no funds were to be spent on the border wall beyond the $1.375 billion that was appropriated specifically for that purpose.
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Reminder: @realDonaldTrump LOST this case on the merits & will likely lose again on appeal. That’s because he used a #FakeEmergency to overturn Congress’s spending decision on the #BorderWall.
Congress DENIED @realDonaldTrump the billions of tax dollars he wanted for the #BorderWall, so he declared a #FakeEmergency to get what he wanted. Congress rejected the wall TWICE via termination votes.
.@realDonaldTrump has no respect for the Constitution & the powers it gives to Congress. That’s apparent in his attempt to steal Congress’s spending powers as well as its #WarPowers. The president is #NotAboveTheLaw.
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2019 in Review📅Article by @charlottecuthbo (Thread👇)

#BorderCrisis Peak, #Mexico Cooperation, and Judicial Wrangling

The year began with President Trump declaring a #NationalEmergency at the southern #Border. theepochtimes.com/year-in-review…
The #BorderCrisis escalated, and in May, nearly 133,000 #IllegalAliens were apprehended by #BorderPatrol, with a further 11,000 presenting at ports of entry without legal documentation.

By the end of fiscal 2019, almost 1 million people had entered the US illegally.
Over 600,000 of them were either individuals within a family unit or unaccompanied minors—both vulnerable populations that often arrived sick and required more care than #BorderPatrol was set up to provide.
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