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Trump’s wall of lies and illusions just cracked again

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It now looks as if President Trump will grudgingly go along with the emerging bipartisan deal to reopen the government, though he’s plainly in a rage over it. CNN reports that two knowledgeable sources say he’ll sign the compromise. Bloomberg adds that he will then pivot to an effort to fund his wall via executive action.

Republicans and some of Trump’s media allies are urging him to move promptly and resourcefully to find that wall money in unilateral fashion. The White House is letting it be known that aides are searching aggressively for a way to pull the money out of a (MAGA) hat.

But all of this is taking on the quality of an increasingly breathless effort to blow air into a balloon with a leak. The obvious play here is to make Trump feel as if he still has ways at his disposal to take forceful and decisive action and to take control of events, or at least to appear to be doing so.

Ideally, this will persuade Trump that he can sign the deal while also being able to sustain this perception in the eyes of his base -- an effort that is deeply entangled with whether that perception is sustained in his own mind -- that is, the perception that he is acting to ensure that the wall he envisions is becoming a reality.

Trump himself is working furiously to maintain that perception. The emerging deal would provide $1.375 billion for barriers that are limited to the type of fencing currently in use -- which........

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