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President Trump created the longest government shutdown in U.S. history so he could get $5.7 billion for a border wall, and today he caved in exchange for $0.
The big picture: The president delivered nothing for his base and created financial instability for millions of others, uniting Democrats around House Speaker Pelosi, who emerged as his foil during the stretch.
The other side: Some conservative senior administration officials are relieved at the continuing resolution.
What's next: If the dealmaking fails, Trump will have to decide whether to risk shutting down the government in the middle of tax season, potentially prompting a return to the budding commercial air travel crisis.
The bottom line: See you February 15th!
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman during the second half of the NFC championship game. Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP
"A New Orleans bakery is turning out thousands of cookies with a picture of a referee with a circle and slash mark across it in red icing," the AP notes.