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The Dark Architecture of National Security

June 10, 2017 All that is known about this photo for sure is that it was taken after 1986. The Headquarters Building for the National Security Agency is the one in the back, a modest nine-story structure that resembles an anonymous apartment complex. It was completed in 1963; the lower, mall-shaped building, Operations...

Trump's Border Wall Won't Be a Wall

March 16, 2017 The federal government has once again extended its timeline for accepting bids to design and build a prototype for the border wall with Mexico. The latest update to the federal presolicitation, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection first released back in February, marks a change in course for the project...

The Firm That Built the Border Fence Isn't Interested in the Border Wall

March 10, 2017 Late on Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced that it will delay its plans to select a design for the border wall with Mexico. While vendors looking to build President Donald Trump’s wall had anticipated that request for proposals to be released on Wednesday, it now...

Here's What Global Building Companies Say About Designing Trump's Wall

March 7, 2017 On Febuary 24, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced a solicitation for the design and construction of the U.S. border wall with Mexico. That offer, which drew the interest of scores of companies, gave a deadline for wall prototype concepts of Friday, March 10. But the agency has...

Almost 200 Firms Have Bid To Build Trump's Border Wall

February 28, 2017 The federal government’s solicitation for the design and construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico has already drawn interest from nearly 200 construction and engineering firms, just days after the notice first appeared. Companies from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have signaled their...

Almost 200 Firms Have Bid To Build Trump's Border Wall

February 28, 2017 The federal government’s solicitation for the design and construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico has already drawn interest from nearly 200 construction and engineering firms, just days after the notice first appeared. Companies from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have signaled their...

The Great Texas Pension Fix

January 18, 2017 When Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner took office last year, he inherited a sweeping pension crisis. The city had an unfunded liability of $5.6 billion, a figure representing Houston’s obligations to its fire, police, and municipal pension systems. Then it got worse: After he took office and got a closer look...

A Florida Mayor Fights the Gun Lobby

January 6, 2017 In 2014, two gun-rights organizations, Florida Carry and the Second Amendment Foundation, sued the city of Tallahassee and various of its officials over a pair of laws, passed in 1957 and 1988, that prohibit residents from discharging firearms in public parks. Those local regulations retroactively violated a Florida state law,...

Julián Castro, Leveling the Playing Field

January 2, 2017 The Supreme Court’s 2015 decision on “disparate impact” in fair housing preserved a reading of the Fair Housing Act that has guided the country for the last half-century, however imperfectly. The 5-4 ruling affirmed that a housing policy that disproportionately negatively affects minorities counts as racial discrimination, even if that...

What's at Stake in Trump's Pick to Lead HUD

November 14, 2016 Rumors about the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are not burning down the house. The names for the person President-elect Donald Trump will tap to lead HUD are not swirling as fast as the speculation about his potential picks to lead up State, Treasury,...