Ryan Kearney

Story Editor

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, had lunch with The New Republic staff on Thursday—a rather gentlemanly move, considering that our publication has not always been kind to him.

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Thursday morning, hundreds of thousands of federal workers who were furloughed due to the government shutdown awoke to the amazing, awful news that they were expected back at work today because Congress had reached a deal Wednesday night to fund the government (through January 15) and raise the debt limit (through February 7). Here's how they've spent every terrible hour since then:

Emily Yoffe has managed to outrage everyone on Twitter this morning despite having written nothing about our infuriating Congress.

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Was the Old American Center apathetic, intractable, and very fake?

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Already this century the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two American presidents and a vice president, and only one of them was worthy of it. The other two were Barack Obama and Al Gore.

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'Captain Phillips' Will Pummel You Into Submission

You won't even notice Tom Hanks's awful Boston accent

Paul Greengrass could make the most mundane human activity—slouching in a work cubicle, napping in a hammock—feel dramatic. In the opening scene of the English director's latest frenetic film, Captain Phillips, we find the titular hero, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), leaning intently over a desk in his Underhill, Vermont, home—on March 28, 2009, to be exact. Phillips rifles through documents, clicks around his computer, locates his work badge, and checks his watch.

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On Tuesday, for the first time in 17 years, the U.S.

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The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, which left 13 dead, including lone gunman Aaron Alexis, has sparked the usual contretemps (gun control vs.

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White people simply love to spend their free time walking up and down mountains and sleeping in the forest. Search "hiking" in Google Images and see how far you have to scroll to find a nonwhite person.

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Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for leaking government files to WikiLeaks, announced Thursday in a statement to NBC's "Today" that he is, as of now, a she:

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