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Prototype for Trump’s steel ‘barrier’ easily cut during testing along border

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President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border may not be as impenetrable as he wants his supporters to believe.

NBC News reports that a recent Department of Homeland Security test of a prototype steel wall conducted by Marine Corps experts showed that it could be cut through with a saw.

In fact, a photo obtained by NBC reveals that DHS tests lopped off multiple steel slats that the president has insisted will stop undocumented immigrants from coming into the United States.

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“Testing by DHS in late 2017 showed all eight prototypes, including the steel slats, were vulnerable to breaching, according to an internal February 2018 U.S. Customs and Border Protection report,” writes NBC News.

A spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection agency defended the wall prototypes in an interview with local news station KPBS.

“[The wall prototypes] were not and cannot be designed to be indestructible,” said the spokesman, who went on to say that the walls are designed to “impede or deny efforts to scale, breach, or dig under such a barrier, giving agents time to respond.”

Check out the photo of the sawed through wall at this link.


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Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw

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The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.

At issue, the report notes, is that millions of dollars were spent in North Carolina where a smaller event will now be held, and now the party is, in essence, forced to pay for a second convention.

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Ivanka Trump buried for her COVID-19 advice during the packed Mt Rushmore rally: ‘What a clown’

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First daughter Ivanka Trump was thoroughly raked over the coals late Friday night after she posted advice on Twitter about wearing masks at the same time that her father, Donald Trump, was holding a rally at Mt. Rushmore before a crowd of shoulder-to-shoulder fans, few of whom were wearing masks.

Making things worse, within minutes of Ivanka's tweet it was announced that Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign official and girlfriend of Don Trump Jr., tested positive for the coronavirus.

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