With government shutdown, Republicans reap what they sow

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It takes a special type of hypocrite to accuse your opponents of hypocrisy for following in your footsteps

Today’s Republican party is built on principle. As a matter of principle, the GOP believes it is the only party that can shut down government as a negotiating tactic. The Democrats’ job is to keep that government open and to cave in to its demands.

These truths we hold to be self-evident, after watching several rounds of this sad kabuki theater through the Clinton and Obama years.

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Mitch McConnell: Democrats got “their very own government shutdown” – video

Looks like a fool, walks like a fool, talks like a fool – that McConnell!

Speaking on the floor after the vote, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell blamed the government shutdown on a “cynical decision by the Democrats”. However, his counterpart, minority leader Chuck Schumer, blamed Donald Trump, saying the president had “walked away from two bipartisan deals” and that “a Trump shutdown will serve as a perfect encapsulation for the chaos he has unleashed”.

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Vancouver aquarium won’t keep whales or dolphins captive after public outcry

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Canada aquarium has announced it will end the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity, after pressure from the public

For years the Vancouver aquarium fended off pressure from animal right activists, local government and residents, arguing instead that whales and dolphins were central to its mission. But this week the tourist attraction gave in to public pressure, and announced that it would end the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity.

“It had become a local hot topic, to the point where it was just hijacking everything else,” said John Nightingale, the aquarium’s president.

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