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In their bid to turn The New Republic into The New Yorker of Washington D.C., new editor Franklin Foer and slightly less new owner Chris Hughes are on a bit of a hiring spree Thursday. They've brought on New York Times Magazine editor Greg Veis, who, notes The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone, used to be the Web editor at TNR but will now work as executive editor. Quite the promotion! Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren wished Veis well in a tweet, saying Veis was "above average in his denim selection." TNR has also plundered the staff at the alt-weekly Washington City Paper, hiring editor Mike Schaffer and Real Estate columnist Lydia DePillis, Poynter's Andrew Beaujon reports.

Suddenly, TNR seems like the place to go, not to leave.

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