President Trump signed the measure to fund the government through Feb. 8 after it passed the Senate and House on the strength of a statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he would address the status of young immigrants called “dreamers” who were brought to this country illegally as children. Thirty-three Senate Democrats joined 48 Republicans to break the impasse over the issue and clear a path for federal agencies to reopen.
This time, it was the Democrats’ turn to learn what Republicans have learned before them: first, that bringing the government to a halt is not an advantageous way to achieve policy objectives. And second, that the party that holds the White House has the upper hand.
Democratic senators believe that a Senate immigration bill passing with a significant bipartisan majority would ultimately force House Republicans to capitulate on the issue. But House conservatives won't be easy to sway, and the president remains a true wild card.
It was an out-of-character role for a president used to commanding and demanding center stage: seen but not publicly heard outside the confines of his team’s highly-controlled communications operation.
The company is confronting criticisms about the spread of disinformation and violent imagery. But the process of coming to grips with its dark side has been long and difficult for the social media network, current and former executives say.