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Congressman Chip Roy was in a mood. It was 2:22 on Wednesday morning. The U.S. House of Representatives had just adjourned after another day of Republican infighting over how, or whether, to keep the government open. An autumn chill had set in on Capitol Hill. “Why is everybody running around acting like their entire life comes from that shithole?” asked the Austin congressman, pointing a finger at the Capitol building. “It drives me out of my frickin’ mind.”I’d asked Roy if Texas would be prepared if a natural disaster—such as, say, a hurricane—hit during a government shutdown. “I could do with a very non-damaging, non-harmful hurricane; come and sit over the Hill Country and give me some rains. We’re in a drought.”I asked him to…
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