Over the weekend, it became clear that using the shutdown to insist on protections for hundreds of thousands of unauthorized immigrants was a serious miscalculation. By abandoning the strategy on its third day, Democrats believe they limited the damage and gave the public time to forget about the disruption before the critical November election.
The first major snowstorm of 2018 brought the Twin Cities to a halt Monday, stranding students at school and littering streets, alleys and highways with stuck cars. Commuters on public buses got out and walked because it was faster. Hundreds of flights were canceled. In southern Minnesota, the National Guard was on standby to help and house travelers in need. And Minneapolis and St. Paul both declared a snow emergency.
Several major questions related to the 2018 season have been staring at the Vikings for months, but always with the caveat that they would be dealt with when the season ended. Well, that time starts now.