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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Republican Congressional leaders yesterday signaled plans to move forward with President Trump's planned border wall, estimated to cost between $12 billion and $15 billion. That's well below many outside estimates of the construction cost (let alone maintenance), but is significantly higher than what Trump himself has said in the past.

September 2015: $4 billion

"Let's say the wall cost $4 billion. You know, they say $10 billion. That means $4 billion if you know what you're doing and the $4 billion will be much bigger, much better, much stronger than the $10 billion. Believe me. Oh, do I know how to build? Greatest. One of the greats." ― Donald Trump

November 2015: $6 billion to $7 billion

"The wall is going to cost $6 billion or $7 billion if I build it. If somebody else builds it, it's going to cost $20 billion." ― Donald Trump

February 2016: $8 billion

"The wall is probably $8 billion, which is a tiny fraction of the money that we lose with Mexico... I'm taking price per square foot and price per square, you know, per mile, and it's a very simple calculation." ― Donald Trump

Two weeks later: $10 billion to $12 billion

"Now, the wall is $10 billion to $12 billion, if I do it. If these guys do it, it'll end up costing $200 billion." ― Donald Trump

Last night: up to $14 billion

"I think a lot of people are in favor of securing the border on both sides, yes. But the estimates are $8 billion to $14 billion..." Greta Van SustenPaul Ryan: "Some are, right." ― Paul Ryan

The very same day: up to $15 billion

"Roughly ummm" ― Mitch McConnell

"$12 to $15 billion" ― Paul Ryan

"Yeah, $12 to $15 billion. So we intend to address the wall issue ourselves." ― Mitch McConnell

February 10: nearly $22 billion

Reuters got a hold of the internal Homeland Security document projecting it will cost $21.6 billion, and take 3.5 years to build.

Editor's Note: this post was updated on February 11th to add the latest Reuters report.

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Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance

Former Utah Jazz player John Stockton during a 2017 press conference in Salt Lake City. Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Gonzaga University suspended the season tickets of notable alumni John Stockton after the NBA Hall of Famer failed to comply with the school's basketball games mask mandate, the Spokesman-Review first reported.

Driving the news: "Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit," the former Utah Jazz point guard told the outlet in an interview Saturday.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, undersecretary for political affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. chargés d'affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and nonessential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten the embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).

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