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Behind Her Back

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Why Democrats Should Love the GOP Health Care Plan

If Graham-Cassidy is signed into law, it just might represent the death knell of today‘s GOP. Needless to say, that is not the message we‘re hearing from the Republican senators who back the legislation, who insist it instead represents the last, best chance for the party to fulfill its promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. If you‘ve promised voters something for long enough, they will surely punish you for failing to follow

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The Culture Gabfest ‘Live From Toronto‘ Edition

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 470 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

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BFFs

Some mysteries are so intractable that each generation of readers has to discover them anew. To many enthusiastic reviewers, the success of Elena Ferrante‘s Neapolitan quartet is finally giving the potent and perilous female friendship the literary attention it deserves. That sequence of four novels begins with the 1950s girlhood of Elena and Lila and ends with Lila‘s disappearance in her 60s, just at the moment when Elena at last fee

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War and Cheese

When Russia banned imports of the Western cheeses he loved,Oleg Sirota knew immediately what he had to do. No question. He would become a cheesemaker.

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The Lay of the Land

Slate Plus members get access to the awesome American Values Club crossword, edited by Ben Tausig. This week‘s puzzle is rated 3/5.

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Dear Prudence: The ‘Sunk Cost‘ Edition

Writer and commentator Lindy West joins Prudence to encourage Thelma and Louisestyle road trips for jilted lovers and discourage kicking people out of wedding parties. Then, your letters: My boyfriend period-shames me. My fianc has been postponing our marriage for five years. Does it still count as rape if I didn‘t explicitly say ‘no‘? Should I tell my sister-in-law that her kids‘ grandpa is a convicted sex offender? And f

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The Futurism Industry‘s Blind Spot

The philosopher Fredric Jameson once wrote that ‘it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.‘ Indeed, the U.S. political spectrum seems to range from unbridled libertarian dreams and Silicon Valley techno-utopianism at one pole to Nordic-style social democracy at the other. As we fret over the future, we worry about rising sea levels and robotic job-snatchers, but the economic and political supr

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What Sound Does an Iceberg Make When It Breaks Off the Ice Shelf?

On July 12, when one of the largest icebergs ever recorded broke away from Antarctica‘s Larsen C ice shelf and into the Weddell Sea, no one was around to hear it. But over the next two weeks in Chicago, tens of thousands of people will get to listen to what the calving might have sounded like, thanks to a public art installation that uses scientific data to reimagine the massive event. And it was massive. The iceberg, known technically as A

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Cornering Manafort

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The Real Political Correctness

The ideology that put Donald Trump in the White House is one of victimhood as much as it‘s one of resentment. As a candidate for president, Donald Trump did more than attack presumed outsiders like Muslims and Hispanic immigrants; he also quenched a thirst for a large group of Americans indignant about what they have suffered at the hands of others. But these supporters weren‘t victims of any real oppression or exclusion-they saw them

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The Frat Doesn‘t Have Your Back

Listen to Episode 831 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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The Angle: Rocket Man Edition

Us versus them: Donald Trump‘s speech at the United Nations today was self-serving and nationalistic (of course), and, beneath a veneer of tolerance for other nations‘ sovereignty, adopted a threatening posture toward the rest of the world. Fred Kaplan didn‘t like it.

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There Was Another Earthquake in Mexico. Is the World Ending?

The past month has been a mind-bending litany of natural disasters. First, Hurricane Harvey swamped Houston. Then Mexico experienced a massive earthquake, an 8.2 magnitude shock to the southern state of Chiapas (the quake primarily happened in the Pacific, which limited damage). Simultaneously, Hurricane Irma was pummeling the Caribbean and then Florida and the southeastern U.S. Hurricane Katia hit eastern Mexico. And currently, Hurricane Jose is

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A Caterpillar Begins Its Metamorphosis

It only takes about five minutes for a caterpillar to shed its skin, revealing its chrysalis form as it prepares to pupate and become a butterfly. This HD video by Allen Miller provides an amazing ringside seat for the process in action.

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Time to Protect Our Democracy

Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the partisan gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford. In Gill, the state of Wisconsin will argue that partisan gerrymandering is not ‘justiciable‘-that this type of districting decision is not subject to judicial oversight. The court held more than 30 years ago in Davis v. Bandemer, however, that partisan gerrymandering challenges are, in fact, justiciable. That opinion, which I wo

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Trump‘s Dark Vision for the World

President Trump‘s address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday may have been the most hostile, dangerous, and intellectually confused-if not outright dishonest-speech ever delivered by an American president to an international body.

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From Pidgins to Creoles

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All Tribes Are Not Equal

In a thought-provoking new essay in New York magazine titled ‘America Wasn‘t Built for Humans,‘ Andrew Sullivan takes account of our tribal moment, seeking to explain how the country became divided into two, warning of the grave dangers division represents, and offering a solution for reuniting us. Sullivan‘s piece is better-argued and more coherent than Mark Lilla‘s recent attempt to offer a shared vision for bringi

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Hunger and Obesity Can Be Two Sides of the Same Coin

The takeaway from this year‘s United Nations report on food security around the globe is bleak-after a decade of declining, hunger is up, with almost 40 million more people estimated to be going hungry in 2016 than in 2015. Throughout the report, the stats on hunger are paired with equally jarring stats about the worldwide rise in obesity, which also continues to skyrocket.

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The Delicious Mexican Dirt Edition

Listen to this bonus episode of Slate Money:

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How Cities Need to Rethink Their Infrastructure

As cities in the southern United States recover from major hurricanes, and as corporations like Apple plan on transforming their stores into community-driven spots, a lot of questions have arisen over what population centers will look like in the future.

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Phallic Fears

Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up below to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie‘s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)

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Black Robes and Crystal Balls

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are given lifetime appointments to decide paramount questions of law that affect almost every aspect of American life. It is therefore unsurprising that from time to time these extraordinarily powerful secular jurists attempt to play oracle. Justices prefer to lob prophecies when they are writing in dissent-usually, though not always, to forecast some calamitous consequences that will inevitably flow from th

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