Looking ahead: Democrats in Alabama tell Jamelle Bouie that even if they lose tonight‘s special election, and Roy Moore becomes a senator, they see this groundswell of opposition as an opportunity that shouldn‘t be wasted. (Meanwhile, Molly Olmstead tags along with a few Democrats knocking on doors and trying very hard not to mention Moore or Trump.)
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama-If ever there was a time for Alabama to buck its 25-year history of electing Republicans-and only Republicans-to the United States Senate, now is it.
The notion of a ‘man flu‘ has long circulated on the internet, a silly concept with some serious staying power. While it‘s been entered into more reputable lexical receptacles since, Urban Dictionary defined it first and best: ‘The condition shared by all males wherein a common illness (usually a mild cold) is presented by the patient as life-threatening. This is also known as ‘Fishing for Sympathy‘ or ‘C
Every social media network has its underbelly, and the one on Periscope, Twitter‘s live-video app, might be uglier than most: On any given day, users appear to flock to broadcasts from minors and encourage them to engage in sexual and inappropriate behavior. Worried Periscope users have been ringing the alarm for more than a year, and Twitter has reaffirmed its zero-tolerance policy against child exploitation after reporters have followed u
Whether to retain or remove net neutrality protections in the United States, as the Federal Communications Commission will decide this Thursday, is an American question. But it‘s goodto know how it works in other democracies. As the chairman of both France‘s regulatory agency for telecommunications and the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, or BEREC, I believe it is my duty to share some evidence from Europe.
In a dizzying series of tweets and news stories on Monday, the Pentagon appeared to simultaneously embrace transgender recruits while the Trump administration was losing its bid in court to deny their entry into the service. Once the dust settled, it became clear that, for now, the slow policy change on transgender service that began under President Obama will continue under President Trump. Transgender people who want to serve their country in u
Think back to six months or so ago when you first encountered the fidget spinner. (Yes, for anyone experiencing Trump-related time dilation, the fidget spinner craze happened this year.) At the time, did you think the toy was cool, but that it could probably be more Jewish? Well then, today-the day of the first night of Hanukkah-is your day: The new miracle of Hanukkah has arrived in the form of the Fidget Dreidel. It‘s a 2017/5778 miracle!
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In August, Yale Law School professor and historian Samuel Moyn-one of academia‘s most prolific essayists and commentators on current affairs and global politics-co-wrote an op-ed for the New York Times titled, ‘Trump Isn‘t a Threat to Our Democracy. Hysteria Is.‘ The piece formed a nice complement to some of his work on other issues, which locates our current predicament not in what he calls ‘tyrannophobia‘ but
We all know this is just a video of a bunch of stationary figurines stuck to a spinning platter. The problem is your eyes are too slow to keep up, so your brain says, ‘Here, let me help.‘ Some help. By the time this 3-D zoetrope from 4-Mation is up to speed, your brain‘s out to lunch-and those little amphibians are totally jumping.
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In 2014, a researcher in France revealed a disturbing fact about the published scientific literature: At least 120 computer-generated manuscripts had made their way into academic conference proceedings, according to his analysis. Those robot-written papers, containing little more than strung-together buzzwords, had been created with a piece of software known as SCIgen, originally written on a lark by a trio of MIT graduate students in 2005. But i
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This month, Slate is republishing some of our favorite stories. Here‘s today‘s selection: Much has been written about cultural representation, but much less has been reported about the behind-the-scenes struggles that make it happen. In 2016, Aisha Harris tracked down the authors, illustrators, corporate executives, and historians behind Addy, American Girl‘s first black doll. The result tells her story from her birth as a slave
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After the Watergate break-in, reporters competed to uncover new details of a possible government conspiracy. Democrats pushed the issue hard. Walter Cronkite devoted special segments of his CBS News show to it.
MOBILE, Alabama-As she sped around the oak-draped streets here on Sunday morning, in a Suburban piled with weeks of campaign detritus, Christian Smith explained that we were in one of the four counties that could decide the state‘s next U.S. senator. ‘Mobile‘s not as red as you might think,‘ she said. ‘It‘s 50-50. It‘s winnable.‘
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On Sunday, Roy Moore wrapped up his campaign with another volley of falsehoods. In an interview with The Voice of Alabama Politics, he denied knowing any of the nine female accusers shown in a campaign ad by his opponent, Doug Jones. At this point, anyone who still trusts Moore‘s denials probably can‘t be swayed. But for those who are on the fence-and for senators who must decide whether to investigate Moore, should he win Tuesday&lsq
On Friday, Beverly Young Nelson, an accuser of Roy Moore, appeared at a press conference with her attorney, Gloria Allred. The two women discussed Nelson‘s allegation that when she was 16 years old, Moore, who at that time was an assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Alabama, signed Nelson‘s yearbook and later sexually assaulted her in his car. As part of their presentation, Allred released a professional assessment of the yea