Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- On Day 35 of the shutdown, President Donald Trump announced a plan to temporarily reopen the government and put the onus on Congress to meet him at the table in order to discuss a longer-term plan for border funding. If they cannot come to an agreement by February 15, Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency. [Politico]
- Before the deal was announced, the shutdown was beginning to affect air-travel out of New York’s LaGuardia airport, reportedly due to an increase of federal workers taking sick leave. [Washington Post]
- As of Tuesday, 14,000 IRS workers also did not come into work. [Washington Post]
- In fact, federal workers all over the country seem pretty pissed about how they’ve been used as leverage in the country’s longest shutdown ever. [CBS News]
- In some good news: New York could become the third state to ban the so-called “gay panic” or “trans panic” legal defense, which is used in to argue defendants were “reasonably” moved to violence. [NBC News]
- A plaque in the Texas state capitol stating that the U.S. Civil War was not about slavery has come down. [NBC News]
- Ryan Zinke is taking his talents to the blockchain world, which seems fine. [VICE News]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
The president didn’t tweet very much today. I guess he was busy.
This has been Barf Bag.