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The GOP Won in Arizona on Tuesday Night. The GOP Is in Big Trouble.

Republican Debbie Lesko won Arizona‘s special election on Tuesday night, beating back a strong challenge from Democrat Hiral Tipirneni in a district that Donald Trump won by more than 20 points less than two years ago. The Associated Press called the race shortly after the mail-in ballots were counted, which some estimates peg at about 80 percent of the vote. Lesko held a 6-point lead on those ballots, 53 percent to 47. She will now replace

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Rapper Meek Mill Makes Emotional Appearance at Sixers Playoff Game After Release from Jail

Hours after being released from prison Tuesday, rapper Meek Mill made an emotional appearance at the 76ers playoff game. Mill, born and raised in Philadelphia, had the support of the organization and in particular one of its owners, Mitch Rubin, in his high-profile legal battle against a controversial sentence of two to four years in prison for a 2017 probation violation stemming from a 10-year-old conviction. Mill, whose legal name is Robert Rih

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Online Trolls Are Waging Their Own Infinity War Against Avengers: Infinity War

Later this week, a decade of interconnected storytelling across the 18 (18!) installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies will culminate in what‘s expected to be one of the biggest box office openings of the year (and maybe ever), Avengers: Infinity War. With its promise of majorly consequential developments for the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Wakandans who populate the film, the release means that moviegoers who don&lsqu

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Donald Trump‘s Russia Trip Lies Might Prove Obstruction

On Monday, Bloomberg revealed that President Trump spent at least one full night in Moscow during the Miss Universe pageant in 2013. While Trump‘s travel schedule might be unremarkable in most circumstances, his flight plans directly conflict with statements he reportedly made to former FBI Director James Comey. To any prosecutors investigating possible obstruction of justice allegations, this data would seem to provide further evidence of

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Why the Free Version of Spotify Is About to Get a Lot Better

Spotify, long the leader in streaming music, has found itself in a precarious position: Analysts project it is about to lose the top spot. In February, a report by the Wall Street Journal revealed that while Spotify had 70 million subscribers to Apple Music‘s 30 million (a stat last updated in September), Apple Music‘s growth rate far surpassed Spotify‘s-so much so that Apple Music was on pace to become the top music streaming s

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Status Whoa

‘Status threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote.‘ So says an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Diana C. Mutz, a political science and communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The piece is based on a study Mutz recently conducted and is the latest entry in this long-running debate, which has been crudely boiled down to ‘economics or bigotry‘ as th

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The Plain Prince

Listen to Episode 978 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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Meek Mill Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg in Philadelphia

Meek Mill was released from prison on Tuesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overrode his trial judge‘s stubborn resolution to keep the hip-hop star behind bars. Judge Genece Brinkley had previously sentenced Mill to two to four years for alleged probation violations, with Mill‘s defenders accusing the judge of punishing him out of a personal vendetta.

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Super-Human Overpopulation

Ever since Thanos first reared his purple head at the end of the first Avengers movie, we‘ve been waiting to find out what he wants to do with the Infinity Stones, the six glowing trinkets that have been scattered throughout the Marvel universe like so many Fruity Pebbles. The answer arrives in Avengers: Infinity War, and if it‘s not pretty, at least it‘s precise. Where other super villains want to amass unlimited riches or dest

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What‘s At Stake in Tonight‘s Special Election in Arizona

Today‘s special election in Arizona‘s 8th district to replace Congressman Trent Franks hasn‘t garnered nearly the attention of the other high-profile races of the past year. That‘s understandable, as the odds of Republicans keeping the seat seem, outwardly, very good. The district went for Trump by 21 points in 2016 and Republicans hold a wide lead over Democrats in the over 150,000 early ballots that have already been cas

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The Toronto Van Killer Posted About Sexual Rejection Before Attack

Alek Minassian, the man who killed 10 pedestrians with a van in Toronto on Monday, was aligned with an online subculture of men who consider themselves ‘involuntarily celibate‘ or ‘incels,‘ according to a Facebook post reviewed by Toronto police and Canadian media.

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The Angle: Lady Victims Edition

Them too: Why shouldn‘t female candidates talk about sexual harassment? Christina Cauterucci wonders. Plenty of male candidates frame themselves as victims who‘ve overcome obstacles, and harassment in the workplace is nothing if not an obstacle.

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Trump Judge Judges Trumpily

Fifteen months into his presidency, Donald Trump has been a failure in all but one area: the appointment of judges to the federal judiciary. The Senate has already confirmed 33 of Trump‘s nominees to the bench; at this point in his first term, President Barack Obama had secured just 21 confirmations. These judges have life tenure, and if history is a guide, some of Trump‘s judicial appointees will still be serving in 2070. No matter w

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Custody Litigation Between Two Ex-Trump Staffers Involves Allegation That NASA Faked the Moon Landing

Jason Miller was a Trump campaign spokesman who was slated to become White House communications director before Page Six revealed that he‘d had an extramarital affair with fellow communications staffer A.J. Delgado. In July 2017, Delgado gave birth to a child; that August, Miller confirmed that he was its father, and the two are now engaged in custody-related litigation. DailyMailTV has published excerpts from a document filed by Delgado in

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Jeff Bezos Is Renovating Two D.C. Mansions to Create a Party House With a Gazillion Toilets

The guy has so many houses he could have his own season of MTV Cribs.

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Index Funds Are Not the Problem

Who is to blame for bloated CEO pay? Your favored answer to that question will tend to reflect your prior beliefs, which is why high pay is now being blamed on index funds. That‘s a stretch, but the fact is that investors in the stock market, broadly, are more part of the problem than they might like to admit.

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The Casts of Hamilton Get Goofy While Lip-Syncing to Weird Al‘s ‘Hamilton Polka‘

‘Weird Al‘ Yankovic‘s polka remix of Hamilton might very well become the Song of the Summer, for theater geeks, at least. The satirist and musician used his unique set of skills to create ‘The Hamilton Polka,‘ which was released in March as the latest #Hamildrop. Now, all five casts of Hamilton have filmed themselves lip-syncing along to the medley as seen in the video above. It is, in a word, delightful.

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Macron‘s Plan to Save the Iran Deal Might Involve a Lot More Conflict With Iran

Did French President Emmanuel Macron successfully convince President Trump to preserve the Iran nuclear deal? It‘s impossible to say-but judging by their joint press conference Tuesday, it seems like Macron thinks he did.

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The Muslim Ban Is Working

It might sound strange to say that when I was a child in Kabul, Afghanistan, I was lucky. There was a war, there were armed militias stopping families and raping women. There were rockets and blackouts. In the end, though, my family was able to get out before it was too late. We came to the U.S. and were granted asylum. We settled in California, and10 years latermy parents earned their U.S. citizenship.

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Netflix‘s Uncanceled Sense8 Finale Gets a Release Date

First, it was canceled. Then, after fans begged Netflix to bring it back, it was still canceled. Then those fans begged even harder, and Netflix finally said, ‘Fine, we‘ll bring back Sense8. But only for a two-hour finale to tie up loose ends.‘ And then we waited.

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13 Going on Old Enough to Share Your Personal Data

In the U.S., the restrictions on young people‘s power to do ‘adult‘ things get lifted at different ages. You get to buy alcohol at 21. When you turn 18, you can vote, get married, enlist in the Army, buy a lottery ticket, and buy a pack of cigarettes. In most states, you can freely consent to sex at 16, as well as register as an organ donor.

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The Fajita Bandit Who Stole 1.2 Million in Nine-Year Fajita Hustle Got 50 Years in Prison

On Friday, the news broke that Gilberto Escamilla, also known as the Fajita Bandit, had been handed a sentence of 50 years in prison for his near decade-long fajita scam. Fans and admirers were saddened.

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Talking About Sexism Is Not a ‘Victim Trap‘ for Female Politicians

In his most recent piece for New York magazine, columnist Jonathan Chait argues that Sens. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand should stop portraying themselves as victims of sexism if they ever want to win the presidency. Chait‘s argument echoes his concern about the many disparaging ‘cards‘-woman, race-that politicians have supposedly played, with some frequency, over the past two decades of U.S. politics. But Chait brings on

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The New Episodes of The Handmaid‘s Tale Suggest It Should Have Ended After Its First Season

The Handmaid‘s Tale‘s second season begins midnightmare. The series‘ first season ended with the handmaid Offred (Elisabeth Moss) being escorted into a van by security forces, heading who knows where. The where, revealed in the new season‘s opening minutes, is sickening. It‘s remarkable how quickly the show, about a dystopic theocracy built on state-controlled fertility and ritualized rape, forced me to break glass i

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