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Records Show Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts

As the presidential election nears, a review of federal spending data found modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under previous administrations.

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How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation

Misinformation and disinformation, especially online, continue to play a huge role in the 2020 election. Learn more about the types of false information you’re likely to come across this year — and how you can help fight it.

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USPS Launched DeJoy's Changes Without Considering Impact, IG Says

Auditors confirm that reforms led to mail delays, fault Postal Service for poor communication.

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GovExec Daily: Reducing Lobbyist and Corporate Influence

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss a letter from House Democrats to Senate leadership urging against lobbyists in the executive branch.

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Cases on Border Wall Funding, 'Remain in Mexico' Policy

The Migrant Protection Protocols program has been criticized for sending thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers to Mexican border states that have seen sustained violence.

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Analysis: Is the Trump Administration Eroding Trust in the FDA?

Experts worry that politically-motivated acts by the Trump administration will undermine Covid-19 therapies.

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Election Officials Prepare for Voter Intimidation Threat

The presidential debate fueled concerns about voter harassment at the polls.

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President Trump Can’t Use $3.6 Billion in Military Funds for Border Wall Construction, Federal Court Rules

The 2-1 decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes as $3.6 billion was slated for construction of about a dozen projects, including two projects in the Laredo and El Paso areas.

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There’s Nothing Unusual about Early Voting – It’s Been Done since the Founding of the Republic

This year is seeing a high number of absentee and mail-in ballots and voting in the period before Election Day -- but early voting periods are not new to the 2020 election.

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GovExec Daily: The Toll of Ineffective COVID-19 Protections at Federal Facilities

Christina Suthammanont joins the podcast to discuss the story of her husband's death after she believes he contracted the coronavirus from his workplace.

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USDA Secretary Violated Hatch Act With August Speech, Watchdog Finds

Secretary Sonny Perdue needs to reimburse the taxpayers for costs associated with the speech, Office of Special Counsel says.

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What Donald Trump Doesn’t Want to Hear

White House aides cater to the president’s emotional needs, at the expense of the country’s interests and his own health.

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DOJ Frees Federal Prosecutors to Take Steps That Could Interfere With Elections, Weakening Long-standing Policy

In an internal announcement, the Justice Department created an exception to a decades-long policy meant to prevent prosecutors from taking overt investigative steps that might affect the outcome of the vote.

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GovExec Daily: The Census Deadline

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss the Census Bureau's work on the 2020 count.

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GovExec Daily: The Transition Work Before the Presidential Election

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the preparations being made already for the presidential transition.

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GovExec Daily: The Barrett Nomination, Ethics and Democracy

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's Donald K. Sherman discusses his GovExec editorial about the upcoming hearings on the podcast.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Americans Should Trust Credibility of COVID-19 Vaccine Process

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, blamed “mixed messages that have come out of Washington” for waning public trust.

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GovExec Daily: The White House Diversity Order and Memos

Eric Katz joins the podcast to talk about the Trump administration's latest moves to curb certain types of training at agencies.