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January 29, 2018
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Americas: Girl Scout Cookies and a Talking Stick: What It Takes to End a Government Shutdown


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When a bipartisan group of dozens of senators huddled in the office of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, last week to hash out a deal to get the U.S. government running again, it could have gotten ugly. But Collins used the same tool people have been using for millennia to keep conversations orderly—a talking stick.

According to reports in The Guardian and The New York Times, she had a hard-carved wooden Maasai talking stick on hand that she used to keep the conversation civil—no one was to speak unless they were holding the stick.

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