Can the Shutdown Be Shutdown?

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Welcome to day 16 of the shutdown, lads.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • The Democrats have their finger on the block button, vowing to block every single bit of legislation flowing through Congress that doesn’t ensure the re-opening of the government. Looks like Pelosi, Schumer, and co. are remaining firm with this one. [CNN]
  • Joe Biden decides he wants to play martyr when it comes to whether or not he’ll run for president against Trump in 2020. [New York Times]
  • In other obnoxious 2020 news, people are still peer pressuring Beto O’Rourke into running for president. [Politico]
  • Under the first two years of Trump’s presidency, more coal mining facilities have closed than during Obama’s first term. Being a coal fan boy isn’t enough to save it. [CNN]
  • Trump promises he didn’t do the campaign violation. [Politico]
  • Trump also says he’s going to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday. But as a teaser, enjoy his primetime speech about the wall tomorrow at 9 p.m. EST. Or, preferably, don’t. [USA Today]
  • The IRS says you’ll get your refund check. [Bloomberg]
  • Uh, a second (SECOND) black man has been found dead in the home of Democratic Donor, Ed Buck. [Advocate]
  • California is trying to figure out how to pay for six months of paid leave. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Those “sonic attacks” at the U.S. embassy in Cuba might have just been, er, sonic crickets? [New York Post]
  • Cory Booker was spotted at the movies with Rosario Dawson, which, okay! [Page Six]
  • A Vermont paper really really doesn’t want Bernie Sanders to run for president again. [Times Argus]
  • @ Government: Pls pay the Alaksan National Weather Service. [Washington Post]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

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DISCUSSION

JujyMonkey: unstable genius

“The Democrats have their finger on the block button, vowing to block every single bit of legislation flowing through Congress that doesn’t ensure the re-opening of the government. Looks like Pelosi, Schumer, and co. are remaining firm with this one.”

This.

This is how you fight Trump. When he’s not in a situation where he’s refusing to pay a small contractor what he’s owed or not being able to outspend someone in court, he’s fucking useless. You push back on his idiot blustering even the slightest bit, he folds faster than Superman on laundry day. This is the Shart of the Deal.

Also:

Under the first two years of Trump’s presidency, more coal mining facilities have closed than during Obama’s first term.”

Fucking morons.