IRS building in Washington. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

A government watchdog that oversees the IRS told House staffers that it will take between 12 and 18 months for the agency to recover from the government shutdown, as furloughed employees return to work buried in paperwork and behind schedule on training and hiring ahead of tax season, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The Trump administration ordered 30,000 IRS employees to return to work part way through the 35-day government shutdown, but about 14,000 of them reportedly did not show up. With tax filing season set to begin Jan. 28, the IRS has a backlog of 5 million unanswered pieces of mail and 2,000 recently hired employees who have still yet to be trained, according to the Post.

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Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere sentenced to life in prison

Carts full of court documents related to the U.S. v. Keith Raniere case arrive at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in May 2019. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere, 60, was sentenced to 120 years in prison on Tuesday in federal court for sex trafficking among other crimes, the New York Times reports.

Catch up quick: Raniere was convicted last summer with sex trafficking, conspiracy, sexual exploitation of a child, racketeering, forced labor and possession of child pornography. His so-called self-improvement workshops, which disguised rampant sexual abuse, were popular among Hollywood and business circles.

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For decades, the share of Americans moving to new cities has been falling. The pandemic-induced rise of telework is turning that trend around.

Why it matters: This dispersion of people from big metros to smaller ones and from the coasts to the middle of the country could be a boon for dozens of left-behind cities across the U.S.

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