Cloudy skies shroud the Capitol on Monday. Congress is at an impasse as Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over the crises gripping the nation. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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As master of ceremonies for the big bash, we first introduce funnyman Seth MacFarlane who is serious about his NPR love. A lesser known fact, the Ted writer-director also wrote lyrics for the film's song, "Everybody Needs A Best Friend," nominated in the music - original song category. (http://n.pr/LJhGvU) Melissa Kuypers/NPR hide caption

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