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Politics Podcast: Lessons From The Government Shutdown (And More 2020 Announcements)

President Trump reversed course on the government shutdown, signing a bill on Friday that reopened the government for three weeks without any guarantees of funding for a wall along the southern border. The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast team discusses why he decided to back down and debates what kind of agreement lawmakers and Trump could come to on border security. And in the latest installment of “The Theory of the Case,” the crew considers the presidential bids of Tulsi Gabbard, a U.S. representative from Hawaii, and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

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Nate Silver founded and was the editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

Clare Malone is a former senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight.

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