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Trump’s Border Wall Is Literally Getting a New Paint Job and It Will Cost Taxpayers an Additional $500 Million

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From the beginning President Donald Trump has been very specific about his border wall.

He promised Mexico would pay for it. They did not. It has cost taxpayers up to $30 million per mile.

He promised it would run from coast to coast. As of November, no new wall had been built. But the administration has not released figures and the vast majority of wall construction has been replacement of existing wall.

He promised it would be made of concrete. It is made of steel bars anchored in concrete.

He promised it would have steel spikes at the top. It does not.

He promised it would be “flat black,” to make the steel bars even hotter, and thus harder to climb. It is not.

But President Trump appears to be about to get his way on one promise.

The Washington Post reports Trump has ordered contractors to go back and paint the new and replacement wall back. Flat black.

Tump’s “military commanders and border officials believed as recently as last fall that they had finally talked him out of it,” The Post notes. “They consider the black paint unnecessary, costly and a significant long-term maintenance burden, and they left it out of the original U.S. Customs and Border Protection design specifications.”

Jared Kushner has been assigned to the job of getting cost estimates.

Going back and painting the wall black will cost American taxpayers at minimum $500 million. Estimates range from $1.2 million per mile for two coats of acrylic paint to $4.5 million per mile for military-grade epoxy coating and sealant to $6.8 million per mile for black powder coating.

 

 

 

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Watch: Thugs Destroy Memorial for Daunte Wright: ‘We Could Have Done Worse’

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At least four people destroyed a Los Angeles makeshift memorial for Daunte Wright, the 20-year old Black man fatally shot by a white police officer, Kim Potter, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

This appears to be the memorial, part of a vigil, before it was destroyed.

In a series of videos posted online the perpetrators, at least one masked, can be seen removing signs, grabbing flowers, and blowing out candles.

A woman off camera confronts them, and is told, “We could have done worse.”

By the time the incident is over, there is broken glass all over the sidewalk and the area is in shambles.

The identities of the people who destroyed the memorial, or any affiliation they may have, have not been confirmed.

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Conservatives Cry ‘Political Terrorism’ as Democrats Introduce Bill to Expand Supreme Court

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House and Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation to expand the U.S. Supreme Court to 13 seats, from the current nine. Contrary to commentary from conservatives, the Constitution does not specify the number of seats the nation’s highest court should have, and this would not be the first time Congress has changed the size of the Court: it has been changed seven times before.

And as some point out, counting Senate Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow President Barack Obama to fill an empty seat on the Supreme Court unofficially makes it eight times before.

The Judiciary Act of 2021 has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and in the House by Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Mondaire Jones (D-NY).

It merely reads: “Section 1 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by striking ‘a Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices, any six of whom shall constitute a quorum’ and inserting ‘a Chief Justice of the United States and twelve associate justices, any eight of whom shall constitute a quorum’.”

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR):

Cotton also tweeted: “Court packing will be the end of the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and the end of the rule of law in America.”

Former DOJ director of public affairs and Clinton 2016 campaign national press secretary Brian Fallon responded, saying: “In Cotton’s home state of Arkansas right now, Republicans are pushing an amendment to the state Constitution to strip the state Supreme Court’s ability to set rules for how courts hear cases and give that power instead to the GOP-controlled legislature.”

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appears to believe a “conservative majority” is merely the Supreme Court’s natural state.

Former OANN host, coronavirus conspiracy theorist, anti-LGBTQ activist:

Candace Owens, former Turning Point USA communications director who praised Hitler, saying, “if Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, okay, fine,” but the problem is he “wanted to globalize”:

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO):

Mike Pompeo, former Trump Secretary of State and 2024 presidential hopeful:

Anti-abortion extremist:

 

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Former Police Office Who Shot and Killed Daunte Wright Will Be Charged With Manslaughter

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Kim Potter, the 26-year veteran police officer who allegedly thought she was holding a taser instead of a handgun will be charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year old Daunte Wright.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput announced the charge Wednesday.

Potter reportedly was training other officers when Wright was pulled over, allegedly due to expired plates. She resigned on Tuesday, as did the Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police chief.

The Daily Beast notes that after police ran Daunte Wright’s name they found he “had an outstanding gross misdemeanor warrant and tried to take him into custody. Body-cam footage of the arrest shows one officer yanking Wright from his car to handcuff him—but he then tries to go back inside.”

During a chaotic struggle, Potter is seen pulling out a gun and firing a single shot while yelling, “Taser Taser!” Realizing she in fact used her firearm, the cop can be heard saying: “Holy shit, I shot him.”

 

 

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