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Inside the Pence-Schumer showdown

Dec 31, 2018 - Politico

For two straight days, Mike Pence and Chuck Schumer traded proposals and sat face-to-face in a breakneck sequence of meetings to prevent - then quickly end - a government shutdown.

In reality, though, the back-channel talks never stood a chance.

The failure by two men with little shared history and no apparent personal chemistry highlighted a critical difference between this showdown and those in the past: For years under President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate R...