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Border 101

As President Trump continues to press his case for a wall, Maria Sacchetti dispels misinformation about the U.S.-Mexico border. Plus, Nicolás Maduro begins his second term as president of Venezuela.
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On the border
President Trump traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday as part of his campaign to get the $5.7 billion he wants to build a wall there. The deadlock over that funding is what led to a partial government shutdown on Dec. 22.

The border between the United States and Mexico stretches for 2,000 miles, more than 600 of which is walled or fenced. But the president is demanding more. “There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis,” Trump said during his prime-time speech Tuesday. “Every day, Customs and Border Patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country.”

Post immigration reporter Maria Sacchetti says: “The president is portraying the border as this lawless area where we’re being overrun by illegal immigrants, particularly criminals. And the federal records just show that’s not true.”

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Six more years
Nicolás Maduro has been sworn in for a second term as president of Venezuela. Post reporter Anthony Faiola says there is little for the country to celebrate.

Maduro’s second term follows a highly controversial election. More than a dozen countries, including the United States, said it would not recognize Maduro’s presidency. Domestically, crisis plagues Venezuela. Staggering inflation and extreme economic hardship have sent millions fleeing.

To many, Faiola says, the situation seems unsustainable.

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Lion. And tiger. And, oh my, platypus?
Sarah Kaplan takes us to largest repository of mammal milk in the United States.

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