Javier Zarracina and Li Zhou on The astonishing effects of the shutdown, in 8 charts. How can the government expect people to work without pay indefinitely? Federal workers don’t need financial advice — they need a paycheck. The shutdown reveals just how automated our government is. Trump’s border wall creates deep divisions among Texas landowners in its path. Traffickers at the El Chapo trial say drugs aren’t smuggled through open parts of the border. Forget Mexico: Democrats turn focus to porous Canadian border. A border is not a wall — it’s much more interesting. Q&A: How the government shutdown might end.

Why autocrats love emergencies: Crises — real and imaginary — loosen normal constitutional constraints. This is Mitch McConnell’s shutdown. We’re all to blame for the shutdown — that’s what the game theorists say, anyway. This is now the longest government shutdown in US history and there’s no end in sight. “In the White House waiting”: Inside Trump’s defiance on the longest shutdown ever. Don’t make a deal — unless it’s a better deal than Trump is likely to accept. Waiting for a national emergency: Republicans and Democrats have stopped negotiating an end to the government shutdown — it’s crisis-declaring time.

Deborah Tuerkheimer (Northwestern): Unofficial Reporting in the #MeToo Era. An imperfect victory for democracy in Congo: This is not the outcome that the incumbent president initially wanted. African nations call for recount in DRC election. What if the obstruction was the collusion? Benjamin Wittes on the New York Times’s latest bombshell (and more). Strobe Talbott on how it’s already collusion. On what grounds can the FBI investigate the president as a counterintelligence threat? The FBI can’t neutralize a security threat if the president is the threat. Why the FBI’s investigation into the president was unavoidable. What humpback whales can teach us about alien languages. The Millions will live on, but the indie book blog is dead.

Here is Foreign Policy’s annual list of the top 100 Global Thinkers. The Louvre is returning sculptures to West Africa — here’s how and why Emmanuel Macron made it happen. Rep. Rashida Tlaib cursing got 5 times more coverage on cable news than Rep. Steve King embracing white supremacy. A hard Brexit after all? The dismantling of the State since the 1980s: Brexit is the wrong diagnosis of a real crisis. What Europeans talk about when they talk about Brexit. Why the Singapore model won’t work for the UK post-Brexit. Brexit: Banks are moving $1 trillion out of the UK. Carme Font plans to shed new light on women writers overlooked for centuries. Harry Reid has a few words for Washington. Sure, Pelosi is unpopular — but another Democratic Speaker likely would be too.