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  1. Lindsey Graham seems like the only person trying to fix the government shutdown Nobody else is making a deal. But Graham has a big problem standing in his way. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/20/16913328/government-shutdown-2018-lindsey-graham
  2. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/29/jared-kushner-is-chinas-trump-card Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card How the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy, became Beijing’s primary point of interest.
  3. Schumer: Negotiating with Trump 'like negotiating with Jell-O' http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/369929-schumer-working-with-trump-like-negotiating-with-jello
  4. If only someone would get in there and run government like a business. The Funniest, Most Poignant Signs From the 2018 Women’s March https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/01/the-funniest-most-poignant-signs-from-the-2018-womens-march.html?via=recirc_recent
  5. Trump official says it’s “kind of cool” to be in charge of the government shutdown Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney seems strangely excited about his newly-discovered power. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/20/16913284/mulvaney-shutdown-cool
  6. Trump, Fox News, and the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism A racist TV interview helps explain why the president is struggling to cut an immigration deal that averts a government shutdown. https://newrepublic.com/article/146683/trump-fox-news-mainstreaming-white-nationalism
  7. Well, at least Schumer got some cheeseburgers out of the deal. The government is shutting down because Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing Welcome to 2018. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/19/16910296/government-shutdown-donald-trump-daca-immigration-2018-deal
  8. Click on the correct answer. I failed to notice that and was writing answers down in Notepad, duh. http://www.vulture.com/2018/01/breaking-bad-superfan-quiz.html
  9. Yes, and how does them marching together stop NK from becoming a nuclear power? That's their main goal and it's the Trump admin's stated main goal to stop it. Everything that happens in between now and when they achieve their goal is them buying what little time they need to finish. They may want some time after they finish building a nuke that can reach the mainland US to do other things to prepare, but that's pretty much the goal. We're basically down to two likely scenarios. One, NK will become a nuclear power. Many will hate this, but it's likely the best scenario available, and it is a pretty terrible result. Two, the U.S. and/or South Korea attacks NK. The obvious results of scenario 2, which are likely horrific, are why scenario one is the best result available. Couple other scenarios, but they really don't seem likely. China intervenes. The various sanctions on NK actually work in halting NK's progress toward it's goal. (I think this is highly unlikely at this point)
  10. Congress, Trump down to the wire on shutdown President Donald Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the White House but they did not reach a deal https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/19/government-shutdown-2018-blame-349398
  11. Why Is It So Hard for Americans to Get a Decent Raise? A new answer could change how we think about unions, monopolies, and the minimum wage. https://slate.com/business/2018/01/a-new-theory-for-why-americans-cant-get-a-raise.html?via=recirc_engaged
  12. David Frum on why Republicans chose Trumpocracy over democracy https://www.vox.com/2018/1/18/16880524/donald-trump-democracy-republicans-trumpocracy
  13. Senate in disarray with shutdown hours away The chamber couldn't agree on scheduling a vote, let alone passing legislation to keep the government open. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/19/senate-dissaray-government-shutdown-349298
  14. That's very unprofessional, telling other analysts on the political commentary panel to tickle themselves. No, I don't really have a nightmare scenario of Trump gaining popularity from a Korean War. That scenario seems more likely from a large terror attack on U.S. shores. But if nukes, conventional weapons, whatever breaks out over there, we just don't know what will happen next or even what the world will look like. For example, how would the world respond if a through the actions of a stupid President, hundreds of thousands of South Koreans died from rockets, artillery, etc. shot from NK? And that's just a somewhat limited scenario, where no nukes came into play, and somehow things stopped there with no further casualties.
  15. House GOP Passes Stopgap Spending Bill Aimed at Shifting Shutdown Blame to Democrats http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/house-passes-spending-bill-to-shift-shutdown-blame-to-dems.html This is really the height of privilege, to own all the halls of power and to blame another party for a shutdown of your very own government. It's kind of like Mitt Romney and his nifty car collection complaining about Walmart workers not paying taxes.