Scene of the crowd at a reception before the 2006 WHCA dinner. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post) Swells at a WHCA reception, 2006. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

In the chaos of the impending White House Correspondents’ weekend, a true mind-bender emerges: The Nation and National Review are throwing a party together.

We know, we know: Dogs and cats living together!

A Kumbaya moment for the liberal weekly and conservative biweekly? Nah, this is business. The two journals partnered last year to create a joint ad-sales network — making the case to advertisers that, hey, you obviously won’t find much duplication in readership within their circulations. Still, both magazines expect their star pundits to turn out Saturday night for the party, one of a dozen or more media-sponsored receptions immediately preceding the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Play nice, everyone.

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