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Take the Win, Democrats

Democrats are feckless. When it counts, they always fold. After all, they’re more beholden to donors and lobbyists than they are to their base.

This narrative is so old, so straightforward, and so pleasingly infuriating that it just rolls off the tongue. So when Democrats in Congress struck a compromise with Republicans to reopen the government late on Monday, the despairing headlines immediately took over every left-of-center publication in the country. “Schumer Sells Out the Resistance,” Michelle Goldberg concluded over at the New York Times. “The Democrats Are Losers,” my colleague Osita Nwanevu announced here at Slate. Twitter was no less forgiving: By the end of the evening, #SchumerSellout was trending across the country.

When I sat down to write this article, I assumed that the great minds of Twitter were right. You see, even though my job is to follow public policy pretty closely, there are times when I lose track of what is going on. Monday was such an occasion: It was the first day of the semester, and I spent the whole day printing syllabi, meeting with students, and teaching my introductory sessions. So when I finally got a chance to go online, and read the news, I assumed that all the despairing headlines must be right. My heart sank pondering what concessions Chuck Schumer must have made to draw such righteous anger.


I do not think the Democrats have sold out or betrayed. I think it is consistently this. Talking points and media and others promoting the negative talking points.

Democrats just got the last laugh with a brilliant surprise move after shutdown

In an effort to negotiate with Trump prior to the government shutdown ending, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had reportedly offered to put $1.6 billion in funding for Trump’s unpopular border wall on the table in exchange for a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“During the meeting, in exchange for strong [DACA] protections, I reluctantly put the border wall on the table for the discussion. Even that was not enough to entice the president to finish the deal,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.

Ultimately, the final outcome included neither a DACA deal nor border wall funding. Trump, for his part, touted victory, claiming that Republicans got the government funded, “got” the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funded (despite the fact that Republicans were responsible for letting it lapse in the first place), and didn’t yet have to negotiate a DACA deal.

In a surprise twist, however, Schumer has withdrawn his previous offer to put border wall funding on the table. Per Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who was involved in the negotiation, Schumer reportedly “took it off.”


Trepidation. In a legal state, I have to do a drug test mouth swab.

Does anyone have information on having to do a drug test with a swab of the mouth?

I have read that a person is good 24-72 hours after last intake of pot. I have also heard that it takes up to a week.

Then again, there have been some that said they had surprise tests after they had smoked under 24 hours and passed the test.

Does anyone have experience taking a drug test relating to pot?

Thank you for any information or personal experiences.

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