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The Daily BeastJan 21, 2018
‘President Miller's' Shutdown: Yes, Republicans Will Be Blamed—and They Should Be
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAs shutdown fever grips Washington, DC, across the American political landscape, an epic blamestorm is in full swing. The Republicans are blaming the Democrats. The Democrats are blaming the Republicans.

Sotto voce, many Republicans, particularly in the Senate, are blaming the President, and his co-President Stephen Miller. Miller''s role in placing a Semtex charge under the tenuous DACA deal at the heart of this budget frenzy is a sign of his overwhelming power in this White House. Miller''s racial obsessions with immigrants are playing out in a game of political chicken where five trains are racing toward one track in the switchyard of American politics.

America finds itself watching a familiar drama with an unknown element. In the past 20 years shutdown fights over spending resolutions and debt limits resulted from Republicans trying to use their status in the minority to leverage a political impact. This time it''s different.

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The Daily BeastJan 21, 2018
SNL's Weekend Update Celebrates American ‘Hero' Stormy Daniels
The government is shut down, but 'Weekend Update' is open for business.

This week, SNL''s Colin Jost and Michael Che wasted no time blaming the shutdown on President Donald Trump and the Republicans.

'Congratulations to Donald Trump, who managed to keep our government open for almost one whole year!' Jost began.

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The Daily BeastJan 20, 2018
Government Begins Shutting Down as Senate Races To Agree on a New Short-Term Spending Bill
Susan Walsh/APOn the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump''s inauguration, the federal government ran out of money to pay its bills—and according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the president rejected a deal that would have given Republicans some wins on immigration reform and defense spending while keeping the government open.

'That was a long night,' Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) joked after the marathon session that concluded around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

After a remarkable series of events characterized by chaos and confusion, the U.S. Senate late Friday night found itself in familiar territory: in the hours—and then the minutes—before an expected vote, lawmakers were unaware of what exactly would be put to the floor for a vote, as negotiations between Republicans and Democrats took taking place behind closed doors from morning to night in order to break the impasse.

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Fox PoliticsJan 20, 2018
Alabama Dem Doug Jones votes with GOP on spending bill to avoid shutdown
Newly elected Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, in his most high-profile vote since taking office, was one five Democratic senators to vote overnight with Republicans on a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.
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