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Man behind viral border wall GoFundMe fundraiser also peddled false news

The man behind a viral GoFundMe page created to help fund Trump’s border wall isn’t just a citizen fundraiser. Brian Kolfage, a 37-year-old triple-amputee Iraq war veteran from Florida, also runs Right Wing News, a website often cited for promoting false and inflammatory content. (And one we’ve fact-checked before.) In the face of a partial government shutdown over border wall funding, Kolfage established a fundraiser named “We The People Will Fund The Wall.” As of noon Dec. 21, it has raked in more than $12 million from over 200,000 donors.

Man behind viral border wall GoFundMe fundraiser also peddled false news

The man behind a viral GoFundMe page created to help fund Trump’s border wall isn’t just a citizen fundraiser. Brian Kolfage, a 37-year-old triple-amputee Iraq war veteran from Florida, also runs Right Wing News, a website often cited for promoting false and inflammatory content. (And one we’ve fact-checked before.) In the face of a partial government shutdown over border wall funding, Kolfage established a fundraiser named “We The People Will Fund The Wall.” As of noon Dec. 21, it has raked in more than $12 million from over 200,000 donors.

What can we expect during a government shutdown?

A government shutdown looms, as President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress skirmish over funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. If a shutdown occurs, it would be the third in the span of a year, following two brief shutdowns in January 2018 that stemmed from another dispute over immigration policy. Leaders have until midnight Dec. 21 to reach a deal. Here’s what could happen if the government shuts down. What is a shutdown? Federal government shutdowns occur when spending bills expire, and Congress and the president find themselves at an impasse.

What can we expect during a government shutdown?

A government shutdown looms, as President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress skirmish over funding for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. If a shutdown occurs, it would be the third in the span of a year, following two brief shutdowns in January 2018 that stemmed from another dispute over immigration policy. Leaders have until midnight Dec. 21 to reach a deal. Here’s what could happen if the government shuts down. What is a shutdown? Federal government shutdowns occur when spending bills expire, and Congress and the president find themselves at an impasse.

The VA’s private care program gave companies billions and vets longer waits

For years, conservatives have assailed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a dysfunctional bureaucracy. They said private enterprise would mean better, easier-to-access health care for veterans. President Donald Trump embraced that position, enthusiastically moving to expand the private sector’s role.

The VA’s private care program gave companies billions and vets longer waits

For years, conservatives have assailed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a dysfunctional bureaucracy. They said private enterprise would mean better, easier-to-access health care for veterans. President Donald Trump embraced that position, enthusiastically moving to expand the private sector’s role.

Veterans Choice: How we reported this story

Return to main story on fees paid to private contractors in the Veterans Choice program. Since 2014, Congress has pumped $19.4 billion into the Veterans Choice Program to buy private medical care for veterans. We wanted to know how the money was spent. As of Sept. 30, 2018, the program’s expenditures totaled about $12.6 billion, according to a running tally provided to Congress every two weeks. An additional $2.4 billion has been committed but not yet spent, and there was $4.3 billion left over, according to the most recent report.

Veterans Choice: How we reported this story

Return to main story on fees paid to private contractors in the Veterans Choice program. Since 2014, Congress has pumped $19.4 billion into the Veterans Choice Program to buy private medical care for veterans. We wanted to know how the money was spent. As of Sept. 30, 2018, the program’s expenditures totaled about $12.6 billion, according to a running tally provided to Congress every two weeks. An additional $2.4 billion has been committed but not yet spent, and there was $4.3 billion left over, according to the most recent report.

Donald Trump says tariffs will make America rich again. Economists disagree

For years before he became president, Donald Trump has been intrigued by the idea of tariffs. In his 2011 book, Time to Get Tough, for instance, he proposed a 20 percent tax on imported goods. In his presidential announcement speech, Trump proposed 35 percent tariffs on Ford cars produced in Mexican factories. In an interview with the New York Times editorial board, Trump said he would support a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the United States. And in a Republican debate, his then-presidential rival Ted Cruz brought up his past comments on trade.

Donald Trump says tariffs will make America rich again. Economists disagree

For years before he became president, Donald Trump has been intrigued by the idea of tariffs. In his 2011 book, Time to Get Tough, for instance, he proposed a 20 percent tax on imported goods. In his presidential announcement speech, Trump proposed 35 percent tariffs on Ford cars produced in Mexican factories. In an interview with the New York Times editorial board, Trump said he would support a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the United States. And in a Republican debate, his then-presidential rival Ted Cruz brought up his past comments on trade.

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