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Amazon Is Coming for Blue Apron‘s Meal Ticket

E-commerce companies have a lot to fear from Amazon, and not just because the retail giant will always beat them on convenience and price. It‘s also a prodigious maker of cheap knockoffs-and its latest clone looks a lot like Blue Apron‘s meal kits.

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The Renaissance of the Humble Radio Drama

When you think about radio dramas, you probably recall War of the Worlds or picture a nuclear family hanging out in their living room wearing ‘30s fashion. But radio dramas are still around. In fact, we‘re entering something of a golden age of radio dramas, thanks to the podcast boom.

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I Have to Ask: The Zo Heller Edition

Novelist and essayist Zo Heller sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss Trump‘s peculiar Americanness, lame defenses of Hillary Clinton, working on Fleet Street, and becoming friends with writers whose books you have savaged.

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Just Not Interested

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The Garbage Art of Handwriting Analysis

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The Angle: Here All Week Edition

A president walks into a bar: Have Donald Trump and his trolls ‘killed comedy‘? Hardly, Andrew Kahn writes. Though we like to forget it, comedy hasn‘t always slanted liberal, and it hasn‘t always told the truth.

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Two of This Summer‘s Tropical Storms Will Be Named Don and Hilary

Two tropical storms bubbled up on each coast on Tuesday-Tropical Storm Don weakened as it moved toward the Caribbean, whereas tropical depression 8-E picked up speed in the Pacific, according to USA Today. The tropical depression didn‘t quite gain enough steam to become a full-on tropical storm deserving a (human) name, but the next one that does will be called Hilary.

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What to Do if Your Bedroom Is Invaded by Tens of Thousands of Bees

This week, tens of thousands of bees were found nesting in two residential buildings two hundred miles apart. One, an abandoned building in Northern Virginia, contained a 4-foot-long hive comprised of 70,000 bees and filled with 100 pounds of honey. The other, in Brooklyn, New York, was the inhabited bedroom of Cherisse Mulzac, which turned out to also be home to 35,000 bees and a hive that had been built over several years. A quick Google search

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Donald Trump Is Abdicating His Role as Commander in Chief

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump hosted several service members at the White House to discuss Afghanistan strategy over lunch. ‘We have plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from people on the ground,‘ Trump told reporters before meeting the troops.

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The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Mendacity

On Wednesday, Donald Trump‘s voter fraud commission held its first public meeting, allowing each participant to voice his or her utterly unjustified belief that fraudulent voting is a rampant problem in the United States. (The commission has already held a private meeting that may have violated federal law.) During his remarks, Kris Kobach-Kansas‘ Republican secretary of state and vice chairman of the commission-asserted that more tha

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Is It Really, Truly, Utterly Dead?

To listen to Episode 14 of Trumpcare Tracker, use the player below:

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How Trump‘s Travel Ban Hobbled a Libyan High School Robotics Team

Over the past month, international media have been captivated by the story of a team of six teenage girls from Afghanistan who finally gained entry into the United States for a competition after their visa applications were twice denied. Politico reported on July 12 that Trump prompted the State Department to allow the team into the country. The girls arrived Saturday night in Washington, where they joined 162 other high schoolage teams for the F

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The Alternative Facts Defense

You probably think that there‘s no such thing as alternative facts. Sad! So wrong!

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A Prayer for the Real Victims

Last week, United States Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III told a group of Christian religious liberty lawyers that they are under siege. Bemoaning the ways ‘Americans have felt that their freedom to practice their faith has been under attack,‘ Sessions pledged that his ‘Department of Justice will never allow this secular government of ours to demand that sincere religious beliefs be abandoned. We will not requi

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To Impeach or Not to Impeach

As the Russia scandal progresses and murmurs about impeachment grow louder, some liberals are beginning to contemplate the dispiriting possibility of a Mike Pence administration. Would a ‘normal‘ right-wing Republican be better or worse than the inept would-be autocrat currently occupying the West Wing?

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That Meeting on the 25th Floor

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The Culture Gabfest ‘Hum in the Drum‘ Edition

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 461 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

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Stall Tactics

Slate Plus members get access to the awesome American Values Club crossword, edited by Ben Tausig. This week‘s puzzle is rated 4/5 in difficulty.

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Dear Prudence: The ‘Open It Up‘ Edition

Matt Albrecht and Hannah Malyn of the podcast Hannah and Matt Know It All join Prudie to advise on your inquiries. First up: I know I should end my friend-with-benefits relationship, but I don‘t want to. How do I cut ties with an emotionally abusive friend? My trans teen is adopting a name that will offend my friend-should I say something? I‘m in love with my child‘s mother. And lastly: Am I supposed to tip every time an iPad as

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Jay Sekulow‘s Cover-Up

President Trump‘s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, is making the rounds to defend Trump‘s conduct in the Russia scandal. On Sunday morning, Sekulow appeared on five networks, parrying questions about Trump; his son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and Trump‘s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Sekulow didn‘t just defend the president. He accused people of crimes and suggested that they should be investigated for

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Chris Cillizza Is a Bad Pundit and a Good Sport

It stands to reason that someone, somewhere, thinks Chris Cillizza is good at political commentary. The Washington Post kept him on for 12 years, after all, before CNN hired him away this March, apparently on purpose.

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Tyler Cowen Fears for Our Future

Listen to Episode 787 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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The Angle: Double Trump Fail Edition

One little question: The GOP cannot agree on whether healthy people should be paying to subsidize sick people. That, Jordan Weissmann writes, is the nagging philosophical dilemma that‘s made it impossible for Republicans to propose an alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

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Not So Fast, Special Counsel

It‘s been clear at least since the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that President Donald Trump feels himself to be in potential legal jeopardy. The ballooning size-and cost-of the president‘s legal team is eloquent testimony to how seriously the administration is taking Mueller‘s probe. But for all the questions about what, if any, crimes may have been committed by Trump or members of his campaign team, most people

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