- Mike Pence delivered a speech to Israel’s Knesset and said the U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.
Our day-long national nightmare of a federal government shutdown (the federal government is normally shut down on weekends, so Saturday and Sunday don’t really count) is over, and the Ben Shapiro thinks the Democrats gained little:
So, what did Democrats get from this shutdown?
Here’s the full list: the perception that Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had outlasted them at the negotiating table; the understanding that Democrats will be unable to fight Republicans using a government shutdown as leverage, at least on the issue of illegal immigration; the impression that Democrats care more about illegal immigrants than military members; a Democratic base that now believes the Democrats are on the run; the impression that Democrats were responsible for the shutdown.
- An oil and gas drilling rig in eastern Oklahoma blew up, and five workers are missing.
Megan Oprea thinks it’s insane for South Korea to invite North Korea to the Winter Olympics:
Upon further reflection, however, the plans for the Olympic Games reveal themselves as ridiculous and shameful. What about the fact that North Korea is, in a sense, holding the South hostage with a massive arsenal of conventional weapons pointed at Seoul? The threat of attacking the South Korean capital is part of Pyongyang’s insurance policy against the United State, or anyone else, launching a pre-emptive or preventive strike, or invading the country. Why shouldn’t South Koreans be allowed to root solely for their own country — and not for the one that represents an existential threat to their capital and millions of their countrymen?
There are reports of a new chemical weapons attack in Syria.