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The Brief: Trump promises 'big day' on border wall

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday ordering the construction of a U.S-Mexico border wall.

The Rio Grande between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez.

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What you need to know

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Wednesday ordering the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, according to multiple reports. The president is also expected to order a reduction in the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States, according to The New York Times. 

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What we're reading

(Links below lead to outside websites; paywall content noted with $) 

The Senate suddenly warms up to schools, Texas Monthly  

TxDOT unveils new merging strategyTemple Daily Telegram

Madonna Music Banned From Texas Radio Station After the Controversial Women's March Speech, Vulture

After Statesman investigation, Dawnna Dukes' AISD contract canceledAustin American-Statesman ($)

Austinites gather at Ted Cruz's office to protest Trump's Cabinet picks, Austin American-Statesman ($)

Trump White House freezes information coming out of federal agencies, The Dallas Morning News ($)

U.S-Mexico relations at crossroads under Trump, The Houston Chronicle ($)

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Photo of the day

Thousands of children from charter and private schools across Texas flocked to the Capitol for the National School Choice Rally. Photo by Laura Skelding. See more photos on our Instagram account

Quote to note

"Some opponents of school choice oppose these programs on ideological grounds. Constitutional claims are merely the vehicle through which choice programs are challenged in court when a legislative debate has been lost. If the Texas Legislature passes an ESA bill, proponents should not be surprised if a constitutional challenge is close behind."

John Colyandro and Russell Withers of Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute on education savings account proposals via TribTalk

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