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President Trump visiting Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina last year. The base faces more than $100 million in aircraft maintenance cuts. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

After weeks of delay, the Defense Department on Monday provided Congress with a list of military construction projects that could see their funding diverted — about $12.9 billion in total — to pay for a border wall under Trump's declared national emergency.

Why it matters: The 400 construction projects affected are spread across 40 states and nearly 30 countries with a U.S. presence around the world, and they're often vitally important for local economies. That — along with the power of local news sources in their communities — could force lawmakers to rethink their position on how to move forward with overriding Trump's national security veto.

  • Arizona: About $150 million could be diverted, including a $30 million equipment building at Fort Huachuca and a $15 million facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, per the Tucson Sentinel. Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who sided against a measure blocking Trump's emergency declaration, said she is "actively working to keep [the projects] off any chopping block and will fight tooth and nail to backfill if needed."
  • California: The list includes 31 projects in the state with total congressional appropriations of more than $1.1 billion, including "fire emergency and electrical upgrades at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton," per the Los Angeles Times.
  • Illinois: The move could delay a long-requested $9 million firehouse for firefighters of the Illinois Air National Guard, who also provide fire coverage to the civilian side of the Peoria International Airport, according to the Journal Star.
  • Maine: $200 million in projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are on the chopping block, which the head of the largest union working there called "disturbing," per WMTW.
  • New Jersey: The list includes almost $150 million in funding for projects across the state. But Republican Rep. Chris Smith, whose district includes Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, argued that the projects were not at risk, calling Trump's tactic "delay and not denial," per NJ.com.
  • North Carolina: The Pentagon's decision puts at risk more than $500 million in projects at six sites across the state, including over $125 million in aircraft maintenance, per ABC11. One of the state's senators, Republican Thom Tillis, initially said he would vote to block Trump's emergency declaration before changing his mind and siding with the president.
  • Ohio: A $15 million fighter plane hangar in Toledo could see its funding diverted along with another $100 million across the state. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) blasted the decision, saying, "We have a northern border as well as a southern border," the Toledo Blade reports.
  • Worldwide: $600 million in projects designed to counter Russian aggression among NATO allies in the Baltics could see their funding diverted, according to Stars and Stripes. Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the former head of U.S. Army Europe, told Stars and Stripes that the projects "represent tangible manifestations of America’s commitment to Europe and to [NATO], which has unfortunately been called into question over the last couple of years."

The other side: The administration said that the list only includes military construction projects approved and appropriated by Congress, but have not yet been contracted out by the Pentagon.

  • Projects that involve military housing or that carry award dates before Sept. 30, 2019, won't be touched, the statement said.
  • "It is important to be clear that this is not a list of projects that will definitively be impacted," said Leacy Burke, spokeswoman for Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, per the Los Angeles Times.

Go deeper: Read the full list of projects facing possible diverted funding

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Former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele arrives at the High Court in London in July 2020. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The author of the "Steele Dossier," containing unverified claims about former President Trump told ABC News he stands by his controversial report, according to excerpts from an upcoming documentary published Sunday.

Why it matters: Former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele's dossier was used as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged links to Russia's government.

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Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.