In the past few years, former MLB outfielder Jose Canseco has kept his name in the headlines with Twitter antics that range from sad to strange to amusing. Now there’s a report that’s a combination of all three: A Las Vegas police spokesman says that Canseco accidentally shot himself in the left hand while cleaning his semiautomatic handgun. Local reports say the ball player was transported from his home to University Medical Center in Las Vegas after badly injuring one of his fingers. Naturally, TMZ has a more colorful account: The site reports that Canseco “blew his middle finger clear off his hand,” and while doctors are working to salvage what’s left, “he’ll never have full use of it again.”
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.