Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post Published 2:38 am PST, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 "Need to stop Drugs, Human Trafficking,Gang Members & Criminals from coming into our Country." - President Donald Trump, in a tweet, Dec. 27, 2018 - - - Over the holidays during the government shutdown, President Donald Trump repeatedly posted on Twitter a variety of rationales for why a wall along the southern border is necessary. He also spoke to reporters before and after his brief post-Christmas visit to Iraq. We've covered many of these issues in previous fact checks, but here's a quick overview for readers who might have missed - or tried to ignore - the tweets between Christmas and New Year's Day. - - - "The Democrats don't want it, because they don't want open borders, and yet every one of those Democrats approved the wall, or a fence, or very, very substantial barriers. Every single one. I don't think there's one - but let's assume, let's use the word, almost everyone … [Read more...] about President Trump’s error-filled holiday tweets on the border wall
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By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: December 31, 2018 at 11:59 am | UPDATED: December 31, 2018 at 12:01 pm By Michael Brice-Saddler | Washington Post WASHINGTON – In one of his most recent arguments for a southern border wall, President Donald Trump on Sunday falsely claimed that Barack and Michelle Obama’s home here is surrounded by a 10-foot wall. Trump’s tweet comes in the midst of a partial government shutdown, which was spurred Dec. 22 by Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. He alleged that the “wall” around the Obamas’ mansion was necessary for the former first couple’s “safety and security,” adding that the United States needs a “slightly larger version!” Trump’s assertion came as a surprise to two of the Obamas’ neighbors Monday, who told The Post that there is no such wall. The 8,200-square-foot structure, despite several security features, is completely … [Read more...] about About Trump’s claim that the Obamas have a 10-foot wall…
Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post Published 11:33 am PST, Monday, December 31, 2018 Michelle and Baracl Obama's home in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood on Jan. 13, 2017. Michelle and Baracl Obama's home in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood on Jan. 13, 2017. Photo: Washington Post Photo By By Ricky Carioti Photo: Washington Post Photo By By Ricky Carioti Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Michelle and Baracl Obama's home in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood on Jan. 13, 2017. Michelle and Baracl Obama's home in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood on Jan. 13, 2017. Photo: Washington Post Photo By By Ricky Carioti Trump claims there's a 10-foot wall around the Obamas' D.C. home. Neighbors say … [Read more...] about Trump claims there’s a 10-foot wall around the Obamas’ D.C. home. Neighbors say there’s not.
The Detroit News Published 9:19 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 Retaining walls were first created to perform the simple and necessary task of holding back earth. And with good reason: Erosion is a natural process, but when it means soil being washed off your property — or worse, accumulating against the side of your home — serious problems can result. Of course, nowadays, we are also using retaining walls for aesthetic purposes. Known as garden walls, these retaining walls are not only functional, but they can also expand usable surface area, making them an essential component in many landscaping designs. RETAINING WALL MATERIALS Traditionally, retaining walls were made from railroad ties and found stone. The land was dug back; the stones or wood were placed as a wall; and the land filled back in behind, creating two flat surfaces where there once was a hill. The process is no different today, but the uses and materials have changed. Railroad ties, and now treated landscape … [Read more...] about Home Advisor: Choosing the right retaining wall for your landscape
A MASSIVE survey of Jerusalem' Western Wall is being planned, it emerged today, after a huge slab fell just feet away from a worshipper. Expert opinion is split on whether the collapse was a one-off, or if more stones are ready to fall. In the past any comprehensive survey has been avoided out of concern that it may fuel religious tensions. But archaeologists and engineers are stumped, with possible reasons for slabs falling including subsidence or seismic activity. Centuries of rainfall and plant roots widening the cracks between stones could also be to blame. The Western Wall, deemed one of the holiest sites in Judaism, has stood safely for two millennia. It is a remnant of the compound of the Second Temple that was destroyed in 70 AD. The wall stands today beneath a religious plaza known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount. But the immense structure has often drew controversy, with Ultra-Orthodox Jews opposing women's prayer services. In 2016, the … [Read more...] about Jerusalem races to save the 2,000-year-old Western Wall after crumbling blocks of stone nearly hit and killed worshippers