An erratic Trump may have shaken loose stimulus talks. Now all parties must advance with urgency.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP is nothing if not erratic. And, for once, this usually toxic characteristic is proving beneficial, in a limited sense: Almost as suddenly as he initially announced it on Oct. 6, he abandoned his refusal to talk about a new round of economic stimulus funding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and instead ordered his secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, to reengage. In fact, rather than emphasizing the excessiveness of Democratic proposals, Mr. Trump now says he wants Mr. Mnuchin to “go big or go home.” With coronavirus cases surging and new unemployment claims stuck at nearly 900,000 per week, the U.S. economic recovery needs additional support from the federal government.