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I Have to Ask: The Olivia Nuzzi Edition

Olivia Nuzzi is the White House correspondent for New York magazine. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what it‘s like to be a woman working in Trump‘s White House, how West Wing aides really view the president, and what she learned working for Anthony Weiner.

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Make America Afraid Again

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took a reprieve from the chaos engulfing his administration, traveling to Youngstown, Ohio, to commune with his fans and supporters in a campaign-style Make America Great Again rally. The event was typical Trump fare: exuberant and improvisational, with the occasional feel of a tent revival. And Trump brought his greatest hits, blasting Democrats, the news media, and other opponents for the crowd‘s enjoyme

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They Called Him Son of Sam

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Being the Richest Man in the World Is a Drag

For a brief stretch on Thursday, Jeff Bezos was the richest man in the world.

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The ‘If Only This Were a Movie and Not Our Lives‘ Edition

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The DoubleX Gabfest ‘The Sex Robots Are Coming‘ Edition

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The Angle: Dismantling the Safety Net Edition

Danger for the social safety net: The GOP has already made a number of unprecedented moves in its attempts to repeal Obamacare (and you can follow the latest in our live blog). But Jamelle Bouie points out that by slashing Medicaid, the Senate may now be working towarda truly major milestone in our country‘s history: ‘the beginning of what is, thus far, one of the most aggressive attempts at revoking a broad guarantee of the American

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How to End Civil Forfeiture

For years, law enforcement agencies around the country have been fighting attempts to reform civil asset forfeiture-the practice of taking money and property from people who haven‘t been charged with or convicted of a crime. Now those agencies have a friend in the nation‘s capital. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions strengthened law enforcement‘s ability to seize people‘s assets nationwide. Sessions says he wants to

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The Obstruction of Justice Case Against Donald Trump

In a fusillade of Twitter posts this week, President Donald Trump blasted his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for failing to pursue probes of Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey. It is unclear whether the president‘s posts will spur his attorney general and the Justice Department to pursue investigations into either individual. It is increasingly clear, though, that Trump has no compunction about using the machinery of fede

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Brace Yourselves for Iran Deal Repeal

President Trump seems determined to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, with no reason apart from the fact that he wants to. His hostility to the deal-based largely on a misunderstanding of its contents-doesn‘t mean that he can cancel America‘s obligations by himself. But he can trigger a process in which Congress-much of which is equally hostile to the deal-votes to withdraw.

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Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The ‘Return of the Dan‘ Edition

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In Defense of the Boy Scouts

As is often true of Trump‘s speeches, his address on Monday in front of the Boy Scouts of America would have been reasonably appropriate if he had simply given the speech as written. The scripted version was not great but passable. Trump‘s asides, as always, sent the speech off the rails, full of references to his win, fake news, fake polls, Hillary‘s sins, another swipe at Obama, and so on.

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Heavy Into Jeff

It will be the final, triumphal irony of this deeply awful, deeply stupid administration if Donald Trump‘s attacks on Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III are what finally bring him down.

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Trustbusters

When congressional Democrats unveiled their ‘Better Deal‘ midterm election blueprint this week, there was one particularly exciting and overlooked item: one piece of the party‘s new antitrust policy. The platform contains the most interesting idea in antitrust policy in decades, a plan that-if it is designed well-could finally bring real life to merger law, the most important but probably most failed component of American compet

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In the Dark

This article supplements Slate‘s Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club. To learn more and to join, visit Slate.com/thrillers.

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The Goldwater Rule Is Irrelevant

Earlier this month, the American Psychoanalytic Association sent an email to its 3,500 members reiterating a policy position it had made in 2012: It does not require that its members refrain from speculating publicly about the mental health of public figures, a standard known as the Goldwater Rule.

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Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk Are Both Wrong About A.I.

If Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk went to the same elementary school, I can practically imagine them firing ‘Your algorithm is so slow ‘ insults back and forth on the playground. Instead, as grown-up tech emperors, they barb each other on webcasts and on Twitter. Earlier this week, Zuckerberg was on Facebook Live while grilling meat and saying things like ‘Arkansas is great,‘ because he is not at all running for political o

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Loyalty Tests and the Bridge of Death

This episode of Whistlestop revisits July 1979, when President Carter prepared to cut a number of his Cabinet members and start afresh.

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Fascist Curious

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Move Cautiously and Break Nothing

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that the government would no longer ‘accept or allow‘ transgender people in the U.S. military, and executives from across the technology industry were quick to denounce the move.

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How Democrats Condescend to the White Working Class

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The Angle: Another Cruel Ban Edition

Trump‘s transgender ban: This morning, Trump announced he would bar transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. military. Shockingly, the Pentagon wasn‘t briefed in advance. Mark Joseph Stern reports on what seems to have led to Trump‘s decision and what could happen next.

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The ‘Skinny Repeal‘ Ruse

The Senate on Wednesday finally voted down its comprehensive plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, by a vote of 57 to 43. But that is not the end of that. Republican leaders now plan to pass a different, narrower repeal-only bill-which they have dubbed ‘skinny repeal‘-and then allow something similar to their repeal-and-replace plan to re-emerge at the next step in the process, a conference committe

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Inflategate

News alerts flashed across the internet on Tuesday afternoon, touting the results of a major new study of football‘s effects on the brain. Reports described it as the ‘biggest ever‘ of its kind: A team of researchers based at Boston University and led by neuropathologist Ann McKee had examined a large databank of neural specimens from former NFL athletes and found that nearly all of them-110 out of 111, or 99 percent-showed sign

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