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Father and child stand outside closed National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Jan. 2, 2019. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The shutdown: Drowning government in the bathtub

The government shutdown provided a short-term version of what some activists have long wanted: A government small enough so that you could 'drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.'
Australia’s unspoken antipathy to experience is not new, but contrasts sharply with the attitude found in other countries such as the US. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

How Australia’s political ageism may be robbing us of our best leaders

A corrosive ageism in Australian politics overvalues the new, while discounting experience. If the US and UK can see the value in older politicians, why can't we?
Donald Trump presents a wall design during a discussion on border security. EPA/Shawn Thew

Why Trump’s wall rhetoric is about power rather than policy

The partial shut-down has ratcheted up tensions within the Republican party and added to speculation that President Trump will face a primary challenge some time before the 2020 presidential election.

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