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Worth the Wait

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Exotic Minutiae

James Earl Ray was an eclectic reader. His nightstand in the weeks following his assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 could have theoretically included the novel Mission in Tangier, the self-help book Psycho-Cibernetics, or a manual on hypnotism. At any given time, his floor could‘ve been littered with old copies of the Times of London, the Daily Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, or the Financial Times. He eve

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De Blasio Wants to Dramatically Reduce NYC‘s Rat Population. Don‘t Hold Your Breath.

New York City is notorious for its large rat population, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is eager to do something about it. Last Wednesday, de Blasio‘s administration announced a 32 million Neighborhood Rat Reduction Plan, which could reduce rat activity by up to 70 percent in select zones. Some might consider any double-digit reduction in rat action ambitious. After all, New York City has fought the vermin to a stalemate for more than a century.

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The Fake-Image Arms Race

It‘s no longer true that ‘seeing is believing.‘ A team of psychologists from the University of Warwick, led by Ph.D. student Sophie Nightingale, has recently published research in which respondents misidentified 40 percent of doctored images as real. The experiment showed five fake images and five real images to 707 participants, asking the respondents to classify each picture as real or fake. These images were distorted in ways

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13 Reasons Why and ‘Who‘s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?‘

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Slate News Quiz

Welcome to Slate‘s weekly news quiz. It‘s Friday, which means it‘s time to test your knowledge of the week‘s news events. Your host, Ray Hamel, has concocted questions on news topics ranging from politics to business, from culture to sports to science.

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News. Traffic. Weather. Trump.

The face of Boris Epshteyn, chief political analyst for the behemoth Sinclair Broadcast Group, is glowing like an oversized egg about to hatch the world‘s most affable chicken. ‘Let‘s take a look at the White House press briefing,‘ he suggests genially, the corners of his mouth lifting. ‘What it is, what it represents, and how it serves the American people.‘

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Corrections

In a July 18 Brow Beat, Marissa Martinelli misspelled actor Greg Sestero‘s last name.

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Unearthing a Cult Classic

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Can Republicans Do the Impossible on Health Care?

Senate Republicans are going to vote on a health care bill next week. If you think you‘re confused about which bill that will be, you should hear how confused Senate Republicans are.

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The Angle: Fought the Law Edition

In his own world: The latest New York Times interview with President Trump shows that he doesn‘t care at all about what any of his allies have said or about ‘legal principles or distinctions,‘ Will Saletan observes. The man operates in a consequence-free zone in his own imagination, exhibiting a true ‘obtuseness to facts, laws, and morals.‘

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The ‘Eventually We Will Get Something Done‘ Edition

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‘Why Would I Do That?‘

A lot of news came out of Donald Trump‘s interview with the New York Times on Wednesday. Trump‘s statements wishing he had never selected Jeff Sessions as attorney general and his ‘red line‘ in the Robert Mueller probe have made for the biggest headlines. There was one important point of information, though, that has been largely overlooked.

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More Reprehensible Than Watergate?

This is a transcript of the July 13 episode of Whistlestop, a podcast about presidential campaign history hosted by John Dickerson. Transcripts are provided to members lightly edited and may contain errors. For the definitive record, consult the podcast.

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He Didn‘t Have to Do It

In an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday, Donald Trump said Jeff Sessions‘ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation had been a grave miscalculation that had effectively disqualified him from serving as attorney general. ‘Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else,‘ Trump told Pe

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What It‘s Like to Interview Donald Trump

President Trump‘s blockbuster interview with the New York Times this week displayed a commander in chief furious with his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and still fuming at his former FBI Director, James Comey. The interview was conducted by three Times reporters: Maggie Haberman, Michael S. Schmidt, and Peter Baker.

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Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The ‘Adventures in Babysitting‘ Edition

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What Good Is Fear?

It‘s not often that a story about climate change goes viral, but last week, David Wallace-Wells‘ New York story ‘The Uninhabitable Earth‘ did. (It even claimed the distinction of being most-read-of-all-time article on the magazine‘s website.) The piece, which is an assessment of how bad things could get if we don‘t curb greenhouse gas emissions, also prompted a huge conversation about whether its ‘worst c

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Here‘s How We Made Our Study Reproducible

This story was originally published on the Conversation and is republished here with permission.

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Everybody Hates Civil Forfeiture

When he‘s making arguments he knows will enrage his critics, Attorney General Jeff Sessions adopts a soft, matter-of-fact tone, as if to suggest it‘s obvious he‘s being totally reasonable in the face of an immoderate opposition. ‘With care-gotta be careful-and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures,‘ Sessions said on Monday in Minneapolis. Two days later, he signed a directive that will

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Misguided Attempt to Free Thousands of Minks Goes Horribly Wrong

Between 30,000 and 40,000 farm-raised minkswere released into the wild near Eden Valley, Minnesota. earlier this week when burglars-presumably animal rights activists-cut the fence to a mink-pelt farm and opened the cages holding the mammals, letting them run into the wild.

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The Law Is Irrelevant to Donald Trump

On Wednesday, in an interview with the New York Times, President Trump attacked everyone involved in the Russia investigation: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former FBI Director James Comey, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It‘s one of those tirades that tell you more about the man flinging the insults than about the people he‘s insulting.

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A Big Reason Trumpcare Failed Was Trump

Most presidents take a keen interest in their legislative agenda, working with policymakers to craft laws that satisfy their aims and objectives. They have goals, and they want to see them accomplished. But what happens when the president lacks an actual agenda? When his rhetoric is at odds with reality (to say nothing of his political party), and when he‘s uninterested in policymaking altogether? What happens is a haphazard, chaotic, and m

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Mitch McConnell‘s Many Missteps

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