Zombie congressmen of Chile protest against the government in 1997 (Reuters).
Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Zombie Congress—what some conservatives are calling the session of the U.S. legislative branch after the upcoming elections.

“You can’t have a conservative tax policy and a liberal spending policy,” Dave Trabert, a conservative policy advocate in Kansas.

“I think improv helps people become better humans. It makes people listen better. Improv rules are life rules,” Julie Brister, who teaches improv comedy.

(Previous quotes from our sources here.)