This Is Not Encouraging


I’m tired.

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.

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