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The Pentagon wants to know how a border wall will benefit troops before it gives up any money to build it

The Pentagon has asked Department of Homeland Security to identify locations where border wall construction would improve the "effectiveness" of military troops deployed there, a key justification required to redirect military construction spending that would otherwise go to local base projects.


Pentagon says it will be months before construction on Trump's border wall starts

(CNN)Even if everything goes according to plan, it will likely be months before construction on President Donald Trump's sought-after border wall can even start, according to senior defense officials.


Murkowski: Yes, I’ll probably support the Democratic resolution to block Trump’s emergency decree

Not a surprise but worth noting, as it means Schumer is now halfway to the four Republican votes he needs to pass the House resolution rescinding Trump’s declaration of emergency at the border.


Pelosi participates in ceremony at US-Mexico border

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Saturday took part in a ceremony with Mexican officials and dignitaries on a bridge connecting the U.S. and Mexico. Pelosi could be seen in footage of the moment sharing a hug with a Mexican official as part of the International Bridge Ceremony, which is hosted by


House Democrats move to block Trump's national emergency declaration

House Democrats are pushing ahead with a measure that seeks to stop President Trump's emergency declaration to secure a U.S.-Mexico border wall. NBC’s Garrett Haake reports.


Wyden talks gun issues at mostly friendly Bend town hall

BEND, Ore. - Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., faced a mostly - but not completely - friendly crowd of about 150 Saturday morning at his town hall at Bend's Pilot Butte Middle School, which was interrupted - but not ended - by two people who were removed by police, one shouting at the senator, "You're a cowar


225 Democrats and 1 Republican cosponsor a resolution to block Trump's national emergency declaration for his border wall

WASHINGTON — Congress will take its first step to try to block President Trump's national emergency declaration to build additional physical barriers along the United States border with Mexico on Tuesday.


Sinema drops into Tucson, talks border razor wire, veteran care and emergency order

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema spent most of Tuesday in Tucson, meeting officials from the VA Medical Center and the city of Tucson. The 42-year-old Democrat, who is quick to remind locals that she grew up in the Old Pueblo, came in from the cold and talked politics with the Arizona Daily Star at a local


House to vote Tuesday to block Trump's emergency declaration

The House plans to vote Tuesday on legislation to block President Donald Trump’s attempt to circumvent Congress to fund his border wall, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday. The privileged resolution targeting the emergency declaration is expected to easily pass the House.


House leader says ‘no justification’ for emergency declaration during border visit

SAN DIEGO -- A delegation of Democratic Southern California lawmakers hosted House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer at the San Yisidro Port of Entry Friday. The visit came in the wake of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to secure funding for a long-promised border wall.


House introduces resolution to block Trump’s national emergency

House Democrats have introduced a resolution to block President Trump's national emergency declaration to fund his border wall. Why it matters: If the bill passes the House, the Senate would then be forced to take it up — putting Republicans on the record on whether they support Trump's use of execu


U.S. Democrats introduce resolution stopping Trump border emergency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a resolution on Friday aimed at ending President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on border security, taking the first step to assert congressional power over the expenditure of taxpayer funds.


Sanctuary cities blocked deportation of Mexican who tried to kill sheriff's deputy, ICE says

A man caught on body camera footage attempting to kill a California sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop this week had been deported three times before, but local officials had shielded him from ICE in recent years.


Graham: 'Handful' of GOP senators will vote to block Trump's emergency declaration

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted on Friday that a "handful" of Republicans will back a resolution to block President Trump 's emergency declaration to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall.


A border wall isn’t enough – Asylum laws must be stricter to cut illegal immigration

Because of multiple lawsuits challenging his declaration of a national emergency, we don’t know if President Trump will be able to carry out his plans to use $8 billion in federal funds to build a barrier along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border to reduce illegal immigration.


Eight border wall prototypes worth about $400,000 apiece to be taken down in California

Eight prototype designs for President Trump’s proposed border wall, erected between California and Mexico at a combined cost of millions of dollars, are going to be demolished to make way for a second barrier, the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection said.


San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, lauded as a champion of criminal justice reform, dies of heart attack at 59

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, hailed as a warrior for criminal justice reform, died Friday. He was 59 years old. The mayor’s office released a statement that confirmed his death and praised Adachi as a champion “for those who didn’t have a voice.” He was credited with leading the way on


Large portion of money Trump wants to use for the wall has already been spent elsewhere

Billions of dollars President Donald Trump planned to reallocate toward building a wall on the southern border has already been spent, according to Roll Call. Trump wants as much as $6.7 billion taken from other programs in order to pay for the wall, which includes $2.5 billion in Pentagon counterdr


'We are talking about human beings,' judge tells Trump admin. lawyers about migrant families

WASHINGTON--The federal judge overseeing the reunification of migrant families separated at the southern border by the Trump administration told government lawyers on Thursday that it would be arbitrary to leave out of the lawsuit children separated before the president's "zero tolerance" policy too


Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Are on a 2020 Collision Course

Senator Bernie Sanders burst into the 2020 arena this week with an eye-popping $6 million fundraising haul in just 24 hours, quieting any lingering doubt that the Vermont socialist will be a formidable presence in the Democratic primary. Despite what conventional wisdom says about his chances in a g