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Can Stephen Colbert Lighten the Overwhelming Horror of a President Who Endorses Murder for Money . With Laughter?

In Mark Twain‘s uncompleted novel The Mysterious Stranger, Satan offers the following opinion on the human race‘s use of comedy:

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Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn Movie Is Apparently Going to Be Called Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Uh, so, according to Margot Robbie‘s Instagram, the full title for her upcoming Harley Quinn solo film in the DC Extended Universe will be Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The actress, who played Quinn in 2016‘s Suicide Squad and will also be voicing the character in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, revealed the title on Instagram:

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The Many, Many Ways to Think About Running

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Democratic Challenger McAdams Declared Winner in Race Against Mia Love, Flipping the Conservative Utah District

The Associated Press declared Democrat Ben McAdams the winner by less than 700 votes in his race against two-term Republican Rep. Mia Love, narrowly flipping Utah‘s 4th Congressional District. The win makes McAdams, the former mayor of Salt Lake County, the only Democrat in Utah‘s congressional delegation and knocks from office the first and only black Republican woman in Congress.

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Report: Trump Wanted to Order DOJ to Prosecute Clinton, Comey

President Trump, who has indicated repeatedly that he sees the Justice Department as a political tool rather than an independent department meant to uphold the law and protect the integrity of the justice system in the United States, told the White House counsel in the spring he wanted to order the DOJ to prosecute Hillary Clinton and former FBI director James Comey, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Voting Machines Must Become More Usable

On Election Day, I was privileged to serve as an adviser to NBC News as part of the team from theOpen Source Election Technology Institute. Weprovided election-technology monitoring, problem analysis, and related subject-matter expertise on the air and off air. My role was to serve as a senior election-policy analyst, helping analyze voter-submitted reports of issues on Election Day by leveraging my experience as a cybersecurity staffer in Congre

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Nancy Pelosi Picks Off Marcia Fudge in a Major Blow to Her Challengers

Around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, after a bad day of press for Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi‘s office sent out a news release that it would be restoring the House Administration Committee‘s Elections Subcommittee. Its new chairwoman would be none other than Marcia Fudge, ‘a relentless advocate for the right of every citizen to vote, and for all votes to be counted as cast.‘

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Trump Submits Written Answers to Mueller, the President‘s First on the Record Account of What Happened in 2016

President Trump submitted written answers to a series of Robert Mueller‘s questions to the special counsel‘s office, lawyers for the president announced Tuesday. After months of negotiations, Trump‘s responses mark his first substantive personal engagement with the Russia investigation that has now spanned 18 months. ‘The President today answered written questions submitted by The Special Counsel‘s Office,‘ Jay

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The White House Restored Jim Acosta‘s Press Pass, but Hasn‘t Abandoned Its Attack on Free Speech

On Monday, Donald Trump appeared to end his effort to bar Jim Acosta from the White House grounds. The president‘s staff informed Acosta by letter that a ‘final decision‘ had been made to ‘restore‘ the CNN reporter‘s press pass. Immediately after the White House announcement, CNN stated that its pending lawsuit against Trump and some White House staff to vindicate Acosta‘s (and the broadcaster‘s) Fi

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Trump‘s ‘Little Adam Schitt‘ Tweet Helps Stephen Colbert Avoid FCC Fines

Donald Trump‘s ability to steal the spotlight away from his administration‘s attempts at actual policy is not healthy for our democracy. But at least it‘s fascinating to watch Stephen Colbertfind new ways to filter the president‘s daily deluge of Twitter idiocy into Late Show bits. On Monday night, Colbert used Trump‘s misspelling of California Congressman Adam Schiff‘s name to use a particular word while avoid

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The Angle: The Different Routes Edition

Camp Fire dispatch: April Glaser went into the Camp Fire evacuation zone in Northern California to speak with some survivors of the disaster, who are now bureaucratically trapped in their own homes, and also met others who are stuck outside the affected towns in tent cities. It‘s a harrowing account of failures and triumphs as the fire continues to burn and may yet be followed by more trouble.

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Trump Is Losing His War Against the Courts

We have just witnessed what can now-after the accounting of several races that went uncalled on election night-be described as an all-out shellacking for Trump and Trumpism. The people who knocked on doors and texted voters and drove people to the polls leading up to the midterms may be wondering what‘s to be done between now and the 2020 election. The answer is simple: protect the courts.

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Cannes Winner Shoplifters Is the Rare Movie That Actually Makes Life More Interesting

It starts with a kidnapping. A little girl playing outside in the wintry cold is brought to a warm, cheerful home where she‘s fed and doted upon. The adults worry about the 5-year-old‘s undernourished frame and obvious signs of physical and emotional abuse. A slightly older boy makes sure the girl gets her favorite ingredient in the single noodle pot the multigenerational family crowds around for dinner. Where does tiny Yuri (Sasaki M

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Instant Pot Politics

If you watched the first video clip in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s Instagram story on Monday without knowing a thing about her, you might think you‘d stumbled across an extremely popular, refreshingly unpolished lifestyle blogger. ‘As promised, I‘m going to give you the recipe for this Instagram Live black bean soup,‘ she said, her smartphone camera wobbling from a poorly lit pot of brown sludge to her own un-made-up

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Every President Has Been Hypocritical About Saudi Arabia. Trump‘s Statements Are Still Appalling.

Not surprisingly, on Tuesday, media observers, human right groups, and members of Congress all quickly condemned Donald Trump‘s defense of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, which posits that journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s killing-whether or not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in it-is less important than building a coalition to combat Iranian influence and the profits from arms sales to Saudi Arabia. But there‘s been some

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CDC Warns Everyone in the Country to Avoid Romaine Lettuce of Any Kind

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned everyone, no matter where they live in the country, to throw out romaine lettuce of any kind because of a new outbreak of illnesses caused by a dangerous strain of E. coli contamination.

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Former Michigan State President Charged With Lying to Police About Larry Nassar

Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, who resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse revelations, has been charged with two felony counts of lying to police in a violent crime investigation, local media reported Tuesday. She faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

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Turkey Is Trash! Actually, Turkey Is Good!

It‘s almost Thanksgiving, which means it‘s time for that treasured annual tradition: debating turkey online. It‘s a ‘second-rate bird,‘ the Atlantic declared in 2013. Bustle, 2014: ‘Admit it: You don‘t even like turkey.‘ Slate, 2014: ‘Literally any other meat tastes better.‘ The Guardian, 2015: ‘Throw it in the garbage.‘ GQ, 2016: ‘unequivocally the very worst part of T

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Widows Director Steve McQueen on Why He Wanted to Adapt a 35-Year-Old TV Series

Widows is a movie full of unexpected plot twists, but none of them are as surprising as the fact that it was directed by Steve McQueen. After winning Best Picture with 12 Years a Slave, McQueen could, at least in theory, have done almost anything he wanted. But a planned HBO miniseries was picked up and then scrapped after two years of development, and it still wasn‘t clear what he was doing next. The disparity between the exacting art-hous

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Living on the Edge

It‘s hard to look at the images of what used to be Paradise. On Nov. 8, California‘s Camp Fire tore through the Sierra Nevada foothills town of 27,000 people with little advance warning. It destroyed homes, incinerated cars-many of which were abandoned on roads that had became gridlocked by fleeing residents-and left a death toll of 77 people and climbing. Nearly 1,000 remain unaccounted for. But if you look closely at photos and vide

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Trump: Who Can Really Say Whether the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Ordered the Killing of a Journalist? Also, Arms Sales!

Donald Trump issued a statement Tuesday on the Saudi government‘s killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, saying it was an open question whether Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was responsible for the killing and pointing out that, hey, Saudi Arabia opposes Iran and buys lots of weapons from U.S. arms manufacturers.

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Trump: Who Can Really Know Who Ordered Some Of His Closest Advisors To Murder and Dismember A Journalist. Also, Arms Sales!

Donald Trump issued a statement today on the Saudi government‘s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, saying it was an open question whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the killing and pointing out that, hey, Saudi Arabia opposes Iran and buys lots of weapons from U.S. arms manufacturers.

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The Best Early Black Friday 2018 Deals So Far

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter‘s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Slate may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read Wirecutter‘s continuously updated list of Black Friday deals here.

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Thirsty

The first Friday in November was an important day for Starbucks. It was the first of the company‘s annual holiday season, anticipated by the Starbucks loyal each year and marked by the launch of Peppermint Mochas and seasonal red cups, among other festive offerings. But this year, on that fateful day, something went wrong. The Starbucks app wasn‘t working.

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