A 7:40 United flight from JFK to Washington Dulles had to be evacuated at the gate and searched by the FBI on Wednesday night after the airline noticed a 7:05 p.m. tweet reading, “There is a bomb on a United Airlines flight from JFK to Dulles.” No explosives were found, and the flight took off two hours late. We sort of miss the days when people had to go to the effort of making a phone call to cause this kind of security issue.
It was inevitable that Trump would refuse to be stymied by Congress, and that he would take a victory lap regardless of what happened in the real world. In that context, his border-wall machinations are only partially about appeasing conservative pundits or his political base; for the most part, they’re about appeasing his sense of himself. He’s been doing this sort of thing his entire life: Spinning victory yarns from incontrovertible losses was a hallmark of his troubled business career.