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Jason Hoekema / The Brownsville Herald via AP

Quanergy, a Silicon Valley-based "unicorn" best known for making LiDAR sensors, is among the hundreds of companies that have formally expressed interest in helping to build President Trump's southern border wall, per an Axios review of federal records.

No additional information was provided, nor did Quanergy respond to a request for comment. Three notes:

  1. Quanergy appears to be the only VC-backed startup listed as an "interested vendor," although an angel-backed company called Repperio (Virginia-based contracting analytics platform) is in there too.
  2. Being an "interested vendor" does not necessarily mean that an actual bid is forthcoming. Need proof? Both CNN and NPR also are listed as interested vendors, most likely when junior researchers pressed the wrong button while accessing the system (it was very confusing).
  3. Quanergy has raised around $150 million in funding, most recently at a post-money valuation of around $1.6 billion. Backers include Sensata Technologies, Delphi Automotive, Samsung Ventures, Rising Tide Fund, Motus Ventures, Alrai Capital and GP Capital. It is led by co-founder and CEO Louay Eldada, who is a Lebanese immigrant.

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Death toll mounts as fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies

Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 109 Palestinians and seven people in Israel have been killed since recent fighting between Israel's military and Hamas began Monday.

The big picture: Israel began massing troops on its border with Gaza on Thursday, launching attacks from the air and ground as Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.

By the numbers: Where the earmarks are wanted

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Data: House Committee on Appropriations; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is being targeted for the largest collective earmark request in the country, according to a detailed breakdown of overall requests released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why it matters: House appropriators are trying to balance bipartisan momentum for infrastructure investment with "pork-barrel" spending's checkered political history. The data dump is an effort to provide transparency for what are now termed "community project funding" requests.

Democrats open to user fees for infrastructure deal

President Biden sits Thursday with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) as they discuss his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal. Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Some Senate Democrats are open to paying for a compromise infrastructure package by imposing user fees, including increasing the gas tax and raising money from electric car drivers through a vehicle-miles-traveled charge.

Why it matters: By inching toward the Republican position on pay-fors, some Democrats are bucking President Biden's push to offset his proposed $2.3 trillion plan by focusing only on raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy.