House Puts Off Debt Vote As Press by Boehner Fails. Uncertainty Is Building as Democrats Wait, Throwing Endgame Into Disarray

A recent fresh air segment on the etymology of the word “compromise” inspired me to map the history of today’s lead headline. The map shows a collection of words floating together from distant centuries, informing our understanding of something so strange as a debt-ceiling.

This also reminds me of a great radiolab on language.


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