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Episode #818: A Stupid Wall
First Broadcast: 1/14/19
On January 8, 2019, Donald Trump gave his first address to the nation from the Oval Office, in which he told the TV audience why, as a pre-requisite to ending his current partial shutdown of the federal government, he wanted Congress to allocate $5.7 billion to build a wall along the United States' southern border with Mexico, despite the fact that he didn't think the speech was going to change anyone's mind anyway. The next day, Trump held a meeting at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the newly re-relected Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, even though Trump clearly didn't want to do this either. According to Senator Dick Durbin:

"He said today, in the middle of this meeting, 'I don't know why I'm doing this. I didn't want to do this meeting. They told me I had to do this meeting.'"

Needless to say, the meeting did not end with the Democrats agreeing to fund a wall that most Americans don't want to solve a "crisis" that doesn't exist in a way that wouldn't solve any problems anyway. As a result, we're now in the midst of the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, and it's not clear how it's eventually going to end--assuming it does end sometime. Hear us speculate, as out audio-only experiment continues!

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