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Here's the One Map That Grover Norquist Uses to Scare Democrats
October 18, 2013 Red Menace

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

Is Ted Cruz Emerging from the Shutdown a Winner?
October 18, 2013 Politics

In the wake of the government shutdown, it’s clear that Senator Ted Cruz has angered some members of his own party.

The Truth About the Obamacare Rollout
October 18, 2013 Obamacare

The feds botched the website. But the states are doing much better. 

This Isn't the First Time Michael Bloomberg Has Talked About How He'd Dress as a Woman
October 17, 2013 Fashion

"If I were a woman, I think I'd wear high heels." That's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to the New Yorker's Rebecca Mead.

The Myths the Media Spins About Mitch McConnell's Political Motives
October 17, 2013 Politics

Scarcely had Mitch McConnell ceased stating his support on the Senate floor for a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling than the Beltway press was already singing his praises as a veteran legislator willing to deal with the Demo

The World Needs More Wes Andersons
October 17, 2013 My Rushmore

The trailer for director Wes Anderson’s next movie, due out in 2014 and called The Grand Budapest Hotel, came out Thursday. It features harpsichord-esque background music, a madcap plot, impish hipster humor made funnier by contrast to it

PPP Is Out With Another Troubling Poll. This One Involves Race.
October 17, 2013 PPP Polls

I get the impression that a lot of people are getting tired of debating the details of PPP’s methodology, but I think it’s worth flagging a few recent po

Grover Norquist's Three Funniest Analogies for Ted Cruz
October 17, 2013 Politics

Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, came to the offices of The New Republic Thursday for a wide-ranging discussion on American politics and the future of the Republican Party.

How Furloughed Feds Are Spending Their First Day Back at Work (CHART)
October 17, 2013 Time Suck

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

Last Night's Letterman Was a Slap In the Face to the News Cycle
October 17, 2013 TV

Why Congress shouldn't pass bills late at night: The comedians are left with dated material