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Teenager Who Started Oregon Wildfire Ordered to Pay 36 Million in Restitution

A judge has ordered a teenager who started a massive wildfire in Oregon by throwing fireworks down a gorge to pay more than 36 million in restitution, according to the Oregonian.

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Whose Dystopia Is It Anyway?

Dystopia is everywhere. No longer just a narrative form in the vein of 1984 or Soylent Green, the very word is seeping into our daily news and culture, invoked as readily in the pubs of London as the checkpoints of Gaza. Far from ‘an imagined society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic,‘ dystopia is now used to describe Facebook, Brexit, biometric data, militancy, ant

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Two-Party Problems

Listen to Episode 997 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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Negative Energy

A ‘dark money‘ organization tied to a major electric company pumped significant cash into an Ohio congressional race in what a losing candidate describes as an act of retribution over a failed financial deal.

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Help! Is It Gauche to Plan My Own 30th Birthday Party?

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here‘s an edited transcript of this week‘s chat.

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The Best Outdoor Games on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

To find the very best products that no human being would have the time to try, look tothe best-reviewed (that‘s four-to-five-star ratings and lots of ‘em) products and choose the most convincing. You‘ll find the best crowdsourced ideas whether you‘re searching for comforters, bed sheets, or evenChristmas trees.Below, the best outdoor games determined by the hard-nosed reviewers on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edite

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‘This Is America,‘ the Video, Is a Smash. Will the Song Have Legs?

On the night of Jan. 8, 2017, the actor-writer-director-rapper-singerstand-up Donald Glover attended the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California. To that date, the artist formerly known as Troy Barnes had, in a roughly decadelong career, won his share of accolades. But in terms of actual hardware, the prizes were largely second-tier: some TV Guide and Gold Derby TV Awards, a handful of more prestigious Writers Guild of America awards he‘

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How Actor Jesse Eisenberg Damned the Phoenix Suns

Listen to Upon Further Review via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Fahrenheit 451 Gives Ray Bradbury‘s Cautionary Tale a Tech Update for 2018

How do you use wall-size televisions as a sign of cultural decline in a movie destined to be seen on big, modern, flat-screen TVs? And how do you depict book burning as a horrific act of erasure in a world of tablets, smartphones, e-books, and the cloud? That‘s the problem faced by any modern adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s Fahrenheit 451, a book whose anti-censorship message remains timeless even as investment in words on paper has depr

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After Miley Cyrus Sneaks Into His House and Hits Him In the Groin With a Sledgehammer, Jimmy Kimmel Demands Robert Mueller Investigate

Donald Trump is not the only person who can ‘hereby demand‘ investigations; all it takes is the ability to say, write, sign, or Pictionary the phrase, ‘I hereby demand that the Department of Justice investigate‘ and they have to do it. So when pop star Miley Cyrus snuck into Jimmy Kimmel‘s house late at night; woke him in bed by singing ‘Wrecking Ball,‘ accompanied by someone in a wrecking ball costume; a

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Trump‘s Weekend Twitter Rant Was So Long-Winded, Seth Meyers Had to Speed It Up

Late Night with Seth Meyers is always a treat on Mondays: Meyers has a hard enough time getting through a single day of Trump madness in the ten minutes or so he has for ‘A Closer Look‘ segments, let alone a weekend‘s worth. A few days ago-on a Friday!-Meyers was reduced to just sitting on camera with his mouth open so late-breaking news could be digitally added; today he had to play with audio speeds just to make it through Tru

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Want to Watch a New Miramax Movie Starring Johnny Depp? City of Lies Has You Covered

Hot independent film studio Miramax released a trailer for its latest picture on Monday, and it looks like the company behind hits like Mighty Aphrodite and Albino Alligator is still bringing the award season heat with the help of superstar Johnny Depp! Depp‘s work in Dead Man, Chocolat, and Finding Neverland brought awards, critical acclaim, and box office dollars to the little indie studio that could, so this is a long-overdue homecoming

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Trump Fundraiser Reportedly Secured 1 Billion in Contracts From Saudi Arabia and UAE to Push Anti-Qatar Policies With Trump

The Associated Press published a damning account Monday of the former top Trump fundraiser and RNC fundraising chair Elliott Broidy and his Lebanese-American business partner George Nader, who offered up access to the White House and Trump himself to the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in return for a billion dollars in consulting contracts. Both men have criminal record; Broidy, in 2009, pleaded guiltyto a felony charg

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The Most Important Races in Tuesday‘s Primaries

Primary voters head to the polls in Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Georgia on Tuesday, to decide the latest battles in the ongoing war between the Democratic establishment and the progressive wing of the party. The battle lines in Tuesday‘s races are drawn less around policy than politics-specifically, how Democrats can best capitalize on the current political climate to win in conservative-leaning areas this November.

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Why Are School Shooters Always Described as ‘Quiet‘?

The suspect in Friday‘s Santa Fe High School shooting, in which eight students and two teachers were shot dead, had always been a ‘smart, quiet, sweet boy,‘ according to a statement from his family. The 17-year-old football player has elsewhere been described by classmates as a ‘very quiet,‘ ‘really quiet,‘ ‘quiet boy‘ who ‘did keep to himself‘ and ‘never really talked to oth

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Hang Up and Listen: The My Favorite House Edition

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin:

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Gmail‘s New Nudge Feature Is a More Efficient Way to Feel Guilty About Your Inbox

Anyone who‘s ever had an office job, or come to think of it a life, is familiar with the ‘nudge‘-the email you send when you need someone to do something for you and that person hasn‘t responded to your first request. So you send another one. And even though you phrase it as politely as possible, both parties know exactly what it is: It‘s a second notice. It‘s strike 2, as in one more and you‘re out. Even

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Facial Recognition Software Will Not Stop School Shootings

With another deadly massacre on the school shooting tally board- the third in a week, the 22nd this year, according to CNN‘s parameters-at least one school district is focusing on making schools safer. The only issue is, it‘s missing the issue. (And no, it‘s not abortion and video games.)

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Obamacare Stabilized Last Year. Then Trump Screwed Things Up.

One of the big early problems with Obamacare was that insurance companies couldn‘t make any money off of it. They charged premiums that were too low, enrolled patients that were sicker than expected, and ended up in the red. Facing these losses, some carriers pulled out of the market entirely, leaving many parts of the country with just a single insurer to choose from, and leading to questions about whether the whole law might unravel.

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The Angle: Labor Troubles Edition

Time for wage theft: The Supreme Court‘s 54 decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis made it much harder for American workers to sue their bosses collectively. Mark Joseph Stern can find only one silver lining: Hopefully this will make Democrats, who could challenge this if they were to retake Congress, good and mad.

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Oh, the Places You‘ll Go!

It‘s commencement season, and American college campuses everywhere are threaded with long, shining lines of hatchbacks loaded up to carry graduates to their new homes.

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What Happened in That Trump Tower Meeting With Russians

Donald Trump Jr. has no memory of Rinat Akhmetshin attending the infamous June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting, even though he was apparently dressed entirely in pink, and according to at least one attendee, did most of the talking.

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Naming Your Kid MacKayleighn Doesn‘t Make Her-or You-Unique

Another 2018 epidemic is upon us, but this one doesn‘t involve E. coli. According to GQ correspondent Drew Magary, we are in the midst of a full-blown outbreak of terrible baby names, the result of an infection that‘s been gradually spreading for years. ‘The problem is only getting worse,‘ he warns. ‘If this pace keeps up, we WILL have a President Brayden within the next decade.‘ The names that Magary takes umb

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Tesla‘s Model 3 Might Not Be the Perfect, Affordable Electric Car After All

Tesla‘s Model S luxury sedan was an instant legend-the car that almost singlehandedly revived the electric vehicle industry. Among a slew of other accolades, it was Consumer Reports‘ pick for the car of the year in 2014. And in 2017, the Model S P85D broke the magazine‘s 100-point scoring system, scoring a record 103 that the magazine revised down to a 100 by altering its formula.

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