This is just astonishingly stupid on the part of Congress. Democrats Confident of Spending Deal, One Week from Shutdown Deadline With just one week remaining until Congress reaches its latest deadline to avoid another partial government shutdown, Democratic leaders are confident lawmakers will come to an agreement to keep agencies open, although the status of bipartisan negotiations remains uncertain. On Friday, The Washington Post reportedthat a conference committee tasked with negotiating appropriations for the Homeland Security Department—the last outstanding issue among lawmakers—was getting close to a deal to fund agencies until the end of September. Although sources with both parties differ on how much money would go toward border security in the final deal, one thing is certain: the plan would not offer anywhere near President Trump’s $5.6 billion demand to fund the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican sources told The Washington Post that the deal would land at around $2 billion for “border barriers,” but Democrats insisted they would not agree to such a figure.... Despite the lack of a deal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told PoliticoWednesday that she is confident the government will remain open this month. “There will not be another shutdown,” she told reporters. “No, it’s not going to happen.” The variable that remains somewhat unknown in the shutdown calculus is Trump, who has not definitively indicated where he would stand on a deal to keep the government open that does not include border wall funding. The reporter is kind of stupid too. How much more clear can Trump be?