Never Take a Hostage Unless You Are Prepared to Shoot the Hostage

Senate approves bill to reopen the government, the first step to ending the nation’s longest shutdown

Trump Caves on Shutdown, Is Terrible at Politics:

The part of the speech where Trump had to paper over the fact that he had received nothing in return for the shutdown was couched in hilariously obtuse bureaucratese. He announced that “a bipartisan conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers and leaders will immediately begin reviewing the requests of our homeland security experts … they will put together a homeland security package for me to shortly sign into law.” To put this more simply, Congress will immediately … continue debating border-security policy options. Or put it even more simply than that, Congress isn’t going to pay for the wall any more than Mexico is.

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Greetings to readers in Canada, Panama, Australia, and Germany. Here is the United States, we are doing a splendid job of showing how not to run a government. I hope you are deriving both instruction and innocent merriment from these developments.