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Here's How the Washington Football Team's Name Controversy Will End
October 14, 2013 Sports

When would-be t-shirt buyers decide a logo is too racist to wear, it's game over.

Are the Democrats Taking Hostages Now? No.
October 14, 2013 Politics

Jonathan Chait, in a blog post for New York magazine, tries to swat down allegations that Democrats are currently demanding their

Ballet Is in Crisis Because It's Turning Into a Sport
October 14, 2013 Ballet

The International Olympic Committee recently voted to restore wrestling to the Olympic Games in 2016.

This Is Not the Alec Baldwin We Know and Love
October 14, 2013 TV

The set of Alec Baldwin’s new MSNBC talk show “Up Late,” which premiered Friday night, is a wood-paneled diner with green leather booths and an image of the New York skyline twinkling through a fake window.

The Inevitable Republican Collapse That Will End the Shutdown
October 13, 2013 Shutdown

The crisis in Washington is grinding, miserably, to a close. Here's who wins, and how it shakes out. 

Is 'Homeland' Turning Into 'Breaking Bad?'
October 13, 2013 TV Talk

In their conversation about Episode 3 of Homeland, New Republic Senior Editor Isaac Chotiner and former CIA man Robert Baer discuss the way the Agency exerts psychological control over its agents, and whether the show is becoming

How That Confederate Flag at the White House Got There
October 13, 2013 Confederates

The 21st-century GOP and the 19th-century Confederacy: An intellectual romance

Senate Republicans Don't Get It: The Democrats Aren't Bluffing

Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republicans, approached Democrats with a new offer over the weekend: He and his colleagues would vote to open the government and increase its borrowing authority, as long as Democrats would agree to accept the

Here's What People are Going to Perceive About Who Won the Shutdown Standoff
October 12, 2013 Looks Matter

It is very hard to keep up with developments on the Hill, but it appears that talks between the House of Representatives and the Obama administration have