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Quit Blaming Gerrymandering for the Shutdown
October 03, 2013 Memes

You don't have to look far to find people diagnosing gerrymandering as the source of all of our nation’s woes, including (but surely not limi

Only the Capitol Shooting Could Bring LGBT Activists and a Kansas Senator Together
October 03, 2013 Odd Huddle

“Lockdown during the shutdown—what’s the next ‘down’ to happen?” an Orrin Hatch staffer joked after the Hill lockdown was lifted. “Break-it-down?”

11 Bargaining Chips That Obama Can Offer the GOP
October 03, 2013 Advice

“We're not going to be disrespected," Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) told The Washington Examiner. "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

Michael Bloomberg Wants Tweens to Feel Pretty? He Should Start With Bloomberg TV's Anchors.
October 03, 2013 Media

In what may be one of his last hurrahs as mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg on Monday

Seven Silly Quotes About the Washington of Yore
October 03, 2013 Camelot

Among its many unhappy effects, the shutdown has sparked an overwhelming number of rhapsodies for Washington's halcyon, bipartisan past.

How to Love Soccer: Hit the Bar at 7:45 A.M., Says U.S. Federation President
October 03, 2013 Interview

Today is big for Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The Health Care Obtuseness of a Fox-GOP Apparatchik

Everything you need to know about the health care crisis in this country in two outtakes.

Yesterday on Fox’s “The Five” (transcript via Nexis):

The Republicans Are Starting to Reek of Desperation
October 03, 2013 Stenches

House Republican leaders are starting to look pretty desperate.

Why Are Critics So Squeamish About Rebel Wilson's Weight?
October 03, 2013 TV

In one scene from Rebel Wilson’s sitcom “Super Fun Night,” which premiered last night on ABC, Wilson’s character—an attorney named Kimmie Boubier—careens screaming down the hallway as if fleeing a fire. “What’s the rush?” a colleague asks her.