There’s been a glut of news this week: the looming government shutdown, a renewed blast of disinformation about ObamaCare, progress with Syria and Iran, the mall shooting in Kenya, the new IPCC report on climate change, still more NSA revelations, and on and on. Plus, various pundits have written some fascinating stuff interpreting these events and projecting what they might imply about the future.
As a result, today’s Sift is in a chaotic state similar to Congress. Way too many half-written pieces are lying around like appropriation bills waiting to be finished and posted. Can they be amalgamated into one omnibus weekly summary, or (like the House’s farm bill) should each become its own post? Can I even agree with myself about what needs to be said? Does the weekly word limit need to be raised, or does that set a bad precedent and create a larger problem for future weeks?
Unlike Congress, I will have this sorted out by the end of the day. The Weekly Sift will not shut down and will not default on its obligations. Beyond that, I make no promises.