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The New, New Republic: The New Republic, once a leader in liberal journalism and thinking, announced today that its top editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier will both be leaving the magazine. Foer wrote to the staff that he left, at least in part, because he doesn’t agree with the vision of its owner, 31-year-old Chris Hughes, one of the now-rich founders of Facebook. In a memo to staff, the magazine’s CEO Guy Vidra said the new editor would be journalist Gabriel Snyder, a member of the “straddle generation”—which apparently means a journalist who is rooted in traditional journalism, but can also work across all platforms. (So, pretty much everyone in the business now?) Also, the publication will go from 20 print editions a year to just 10, which will result in “changes to staff structure.” And it’s moving its headquarters from here in D.C. to New York. If this is the future of journalism, it doesn’t look or sound pretty. -7
Fighting the Good Fight: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who does not have a vote in Congress, said she will be “working around the clock to protect the District of Columbia’s right to home rule” after news broke that Republicans may introduce legislation to block marijuana legalization in D.C. Better than nothing, we suppose. +2
The Long Train Home: The debut of Metro’s 7000-series rail cars may be held up over safety-related paperwork. -2
Tiny Houses: Want to own your home for just $70,000, D.C.? Hope you don’t mind living in a house that has just 210 square feet of interior space. -1
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 72 Today’s score: -8 Today’s Needle rating: 64