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Dems In It to Win It

Of course, for the world outside Washington, D.C., the shutdown may as well not be in effect. While mass government furloughs– and the corresponding emergence of “shutdown specials” for hungry and thirsty staffers– have had a visible impact in the nation’s capital, as has the closure of national parks and other tourist attractions around the country, almost everything else the federal government spends money on has continued to receive funding.

Q&A: Abbas Milani, director of Stanford’s Iranian Studies Program

Abbas Milani is the director of the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford, co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution and author of the book “The Shah,” among others. With recent news of direct talks between Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and the Obama administration, The Daily sat down with Milani to provide a context for the revived presence of US-Iran relations in the media sphere.

Unconventional Wisdom: Aesthetics of the DNC/RNC

With celebrity sightings in the dozens, street fashion bloggers toting cameras-a-clickin’ and that weird thespian display from Clint Eastwood, pundits and tweeters have had good reason to call the national conventions $18 million circuses. But who are we to judge the political hooplah? Intermission is concerned only with the cultural hooplah, and here we give it points in a nonpartisan bi-columnal breakdown.