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  1. First Post-Shutdown Poll: Trump, Democrats Share the BlameImpressions of the shutdown will change and fade, but for now it doesn’t look like the Democrats fared that badly.
  2. Schumer Takes Border-Wall Offer Off the TableA day after Democrats caved, the Minority Leader is trying to snatch back some negotiating power.
  3. The Democrats Threw the Shutdown Fight — and That’s FineExtending the shutdown probably wouldn’t have helped Dreamers — and definitely would have hurt low-income kids in need of health care.
  4. Trump Got Us Into This Shutdown, GOP Doesn’t Want His Help Getting Out of ItWhite House aides and congressional leaders are reportedly encouraging him to stay on the sidelines, since he’s already caused enough chaos.
  5. Leaked Memo Shows White House Doesn’t Really Want a Dreamer DealStaffers at the Justice Department and Homeland Security blasted last week’s bipartisan proposal as a plan to “cripple border security.”
  6. House GOP Passes Spending Bill Aimed at Shifting Shutdown Blame to DemocratsSince real negotiations have failed, the government is probably shutting down on Friday — and now it’s all about the blame game.
  7. Ryan Hopes to Avert Shutdown by Funding CHIP and Cutting TaxesThe Speaker hopes to woo Democrats with new funding for children’s health care — and conservatives, with cuts to Obamacare taxes.
  8. Why the Trump Administration’s DACA Policy Is IndefensibleTrump does not want to deport the Dreamers — he only wants to torture them until Congress agrees to pass legislation it otherwise wouldn’t.
  9. The GOP’s Not-So-Cunning Plan to Blame a Shutdown on DemocratsIt involves insisting they’re at the mercy of the Democratic minority, and Trump is, as he put it, “the least racist person.”
  10. immigration
    DACA Renewal Applications Are Being Processed AgainTrump says the program is “probably dead,” but the USCIS is now obeying a court order to restart the acceptance of renewals.
  11. How Trump’s ‘Sh*thole’ Remark Could Help Provoke a Government ShutdownIt gives Democrats a perfect excuse to draw a hard line on immigration.
  12. Defense-Spending Battle Could Trigger Government ShutdownWhile all eyes are on the fight over immigration policy, spending disputes, particularly over defense, could shut down the government, too.
  13. Trump Rejects Bipartisan Dreamers DealThe president demands an immigration bill that can win Democratic support — and make all of his far-right friends happy.
  14. The Progressive Case for Giving Trump His Stupid WallA jobs program for border-state construction workers will do less harm than many of the concessions that Democrats are poised to make on DACA.
  15. the law
    Trump Ending DACA Was Never About the Law. A Federal Judge Noticed.The administration didn’t offer much legal justification for killing the program. Now a court has ordered that protections for Dreamers be restored.
  16. politics
    Trump on Russia Investigation: I Do Things ‘100 Percent Proper’The president weighed in on that and several other topics during an impromptu press availability on Saturday.
  17. Nobody Seems to Know What Trump’s ‘Big Beautiful Wall’ Would Look LikeYears after Trump started talking about a border wall, congressional negotiators trying to cut a spending deal still aren’t sure how it’s defined.
  18. Why a Government Shutdown Is Looming Again in JanuaryAnother month of GOP rule, another month of stressful and arbitrary deadlines.
  19. Trump: Give Me a Border Wall or I’ll Deport the DreamersIf the president means what he says, then there will be no DACA deal — and 800,000 Dreamers will become subject to deportation.
  20. Delirious December Gives Way to Jittery January As Congress Passes Spending BillCongress has kicked multiple cans down the road to January, but they won’t be able to stall any longer.
  21. dreamers
    Democrats Abandon Threats to Shut Down Government to Protect DreamersAfter some saber-rattling, congressional Democratic leaders have decided to pursue Dreamer protections through bipartisan negotiations.
  22. Congress Nearing Deal to Stave Off Shutdown Showdown Until JanuaryAnything could still happen, but it looks like the government will stay open through Christmas, with a real battle on tap for January.
  23. Shutting Down the Government for Dreamers May Be Risky for DemocratsOf all the reasons for triggering a government shutdown, reestablishing DACA protections ranks low in public support.
  24. After Tax Cuts, Republicans Eye Civil WarHouse conservatives just fired the opening salvo in a looming intraparty fight over spending, immigration, and perhaps, the special counsel.
  25. Will the Government Avoid a Shutdown? 5 Key QuestionsA government shutdown is unlikely. But if talks wander onto non-spending topics, and each side thinks the other will be blamed, it could happen.
  26. McConnell’s Making Promises That He Needs Democrats to KeepSome of the deals McConnell is cutting involve a bipartisan spending bill that’s designed to prevent a government shutdown. That’s dangerous.
  27. Republicans Trying to Engineer a Government Shutdown They Can Blame on DemocratsIn the latest maneuvering over spending, Republicans want Democrats to go to the mats on immigration policy and perhaps trigger a government shutdown.
  28. December Disaster Looms As Spending, Debt, and Tax Controversies Pile UpThe legislative train wreck temporarily avoided when Donald Trump cut a deal with Democrats in September is back for real.
  29. Bernie Sanders Hints at Possible Government Shutdown Over DACAHe joins three other Democrats.
  30. Senate Republicans Rule Out DACA Fix in Spending BillAnd Steve Bannon has (reportedly) convinced a key House Republican to oppose legal status for Dreamers — in any bill.
  31. Paul Ryan (Reportedly) Plans to Let Democrats Save DACA for HimThe Speaker told House conservatives that protections for Dreamers will be a part of the year-end spending bill.
  32. GOP Senator Says Trump Told Him He Won’t Stick to DACA DeadlineThe president wants Congress to come up with a fix by March 5 — but if not they’ll “give it some more time.”
  33. Roy Moore May Have Killed the DACA DealSteve Bannon branded Moore’s victory as the revolt of the Trumpen proletariat. The president bought his hype.
  34. Trump Flips Again, Demands Broad Immigration Crackdown in Exchange for DACA FixIt’s unclear if it’s a starting point for negotiations or a totally unrealistic line in the sand.
  35. This White House Aide Is Trying to Sabotage Trump’s DACA DealThe Breitbart wing of the White House is pushing for Trump to demand radical cuts to legal immigration in exchange for showing Dreamers his mercy.
  36. Trump Administration Supports Path to Citizenship, a.k.a. Amnesty, for DreamersIn the latest in a series of flip-flops, the Trump administration now seems to be endorsing eventual citizenship for beneficiaries of a deal on DACA.
  37. Nancy Pelosi Shouted Down at Pro-Daca Press Conference by Pro-DACA ProtestersSome activists may be expecting too much from Democrats.
  38. World Upside Down: Breitbart News Prefers Ryan to Trump on Dreamers DealTrump’s most reliable media allies are comparing his DACA deal to Bush 41 raising taxes, and even prefer their longtime target Paul Ryan’s position.
  39. Does the GOP Base Love Trump More Than It Hates ‘Amnesty’?As Trump pursues a DREAM Act, we’re about to learn whether Trumpism is more of a personality cult than nativist movement.
  40. Trump’s Immigration Flip-FlopHis astonishing (if shaky) deal with Democrats is a miniature version of the immigration reform efforts that divided the GOP in the recent past.
  41. the art of the deal
    Pelosi and Schumer Say They Struck a Deal With Trump to Replace DACADemocrats claim Trump agreed to new border-security measures, but no border wall — though the White House disputed that.
  42. The Alabama Senate Race Is a Sprint to the RightIn most any other state, the richly funded Luther Strange would go after Senate runoff opponent Roy Moore as a dangerous fanatic. But not in Alabama.
  43. Steve Bannon’s Nationalism Isn’t About the Economy, StupidIf Bannon cared about his economic agenda, he would want Trump to work with Democrats. But he doesn’t, because he only cares about immigration.
  44. the national interest
    5 Reasons Why a Dreamer Bill Could Really HappenCould Trump’s one legislative achievement be a bill to help immigrants?
  45. When Trump’s Aides Admit He Has No Idea What He’s Talking AboutDon’t sweat the small stuff.
  46. 15 States Sue Trump Over Decision to End DACAAttorneys are arguing that the president was motivated by racism.
  47. Trump Promises to ‘Revisit’ DACA in 6 Months, Though That Isn’t Really PossibleHe suggested that if Congress fails to act, he’ll extend the program himself, though his administration spent the day arguing that that’s illegal.
  48. Politicians React to Trump’s Decision to Rescind DACAThe decision has split members of the Republican Party.
  49. Obama Speaks Out on DACA: ‘To Target These Young People Is Wrong’It was a rare rebuke from the former president.
  50. the national interest
    Trump’s Immigration Plan Is Obamacare Repeal All OverAn incoherent president can’t decide which promise to break, tries to get Congress to figure it out for him.
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