As the government shutdown approaches its fifth week, Border Patrol agents still roam the Rio Grande and the international bridges are still open. But some federal immigration proceedings have ground to a halt and thousands of hearings have been canceled.
Analyzing groundwater monitoring data that power companies are now required to report to the federal government, the Environmental Integrity Project found that groundwater under 16 Texas coal plants had unsafe levels of contaminants including arsenic. The pollution is linked to disposal pits for spent coal.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services’s inspector general report, the separated children include 118 taken between July and early November — after the administration halted a short-lived family separation policy.
In July, Bonnen was a House member with $707,000 in his war chest. After he announced for House Speaker and became the favorite to succeed Joe Straus, he was getting more than $150,000 in donations per day.