Jun 20, 2017

Parts of Trump's border wall could be virtual

While President Trump is sorting out details for his proposed border wall, Border Patrol agents are creating a "virtual wall" along the border, the New York Times reports.

How it works: They're using technology from the Defense Department formerly used to track the Taliban. The surveillance helps agents catch people crossing illegally, identify bulk cash, drugs, and even "agricultural pests that post a threat to the nation's food supply." The equipment includes"towers, drone and aerostats," as well as powerful infrared sensors and video cameras on helicopters.

Why it matters: Former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, David Aguilar, said the top priority for Homeland Security should be new technology for border security: "These are things that can be used on any part of the border. There are places where you just can't put a wall."

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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