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Obama talks football, guns and war

The New Republic’s redesign has arrived and the magazine has released it’s cover interview with President Obama, conducted by publisher and editor in chief Chris Hughes and editor Franklin Foer. Hughes, who helped to found Facebook and later worked for President Obama's 2008 campaign, bought the venerable magazine last year and is behind its new found musculature.

Much of the transcript delves into Washington minutiae like Speaker of the House John Boehner’s ability to control his Republican caucus and the media’s flawed desire to find moral equivalence between the parties. But it also contained a few more far-reaching revelations. Here are five:

1. On the difference between Democrats and Republicans:
"Democrats, we've got a lot of warts, and some of the bad habits here in Washington when it comes to lobbyists and money and access really goes to the political system generally. It's not unique to one party. But when it comes to certain positions on issues, when it comes to trying to do what's best for the country, when it comes to really trying to make decisions based on fact as opposed to ideology, when it comes to being willing to compromise, the Democrats, not just here in this White House, but I would say in Congress also, have shown themselves consistently to be willing to do tough things even when it's not convenient, because it's the right thing to do. And we haven't seen that same kind of attitude on the other side."

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