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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.  

Has it been a weird week, or a weird year?

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

  • Is the government headed towards a partial shut down? Friday midnight, or the deadline to extend funding for parts of the government, approaches and as it stands, the Senate does not want to pass any deal to extend funding with money set aside for a border wall. This all seems fine to the president, who seems content to play up how imminent the shutdown is and how long it will last. Is there a world in which Trump is getting some weird satisfaction out of all of this? Almost definitely. It’s also possible he does not understand how to proceed; he has offered no specifics about what he will and won’t sign, which one Republican senator chalks up to Trump simply not knowing what he would stand for. Shit is getting dark, and it’s not even close to over. [CNN, NBC News]
  • RBG had a malignant pulmonary tumor removed, but she is fine? [NBC News]
  • Republicans in North Carolina overrode the governor’s veto of a voter photo ID law—but the NAACP in the state quickly filed a lawsuit against it, arguing it looks way too similar to a 2013 voter ID law. [AP]
  • No one knows why the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has taken this long to resolve a case that revolved around surveilling Muslims. [Politico]
  • James Wolfe, the former security director of the Senate Intelligence Committee, will get two months in prison for lying to the FBI about talking to journalists; prosecutors accuse him of leaking sensitive information, but Wolfe says he didn’t, and he only lied about it to hide the fact he was having an affair with a reporter. [Politico]
  • This report on just how quick the police are to wrap up child sexual abuse cases in shelters for migrant children is probably the last thing you want to read today; you should read it anyway. [ProPublica]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

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