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A Historic Victory for Privacy

On Friday, in a far-reaching decision, the Supreme Court ruled 54 that law enforcement must generally get a warrant in order to obtain an individual‘s cell site location information-that is, records of every place your phone has been. The court‘s decision dramatically both expands the scope of the Fourth Amendment and updates it for modern times, providing new and robust constitutional safeguards to the right to privacy. Indeed, the c

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The Second Season of AMC‘s The Terror Will Be Partly Set in a Japanese Internment Camp

AMC has renewed its series, The Terror, for a second season. Based on the novel by Dan Simmons, the first season was historical fiction based on a doomed Arctic expedition from the mid 19th century. But with Season 2, The Terror is officially an anthology. According to a press release from AMC, the second season ‘will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Sout

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What Is With Instagram and Cotton Candy?

Is Instagram in cahoots with the cotton candy lobby? Is there such a thing as the cotton candy lobby? I enjoy cotton candy as much as the next sugar-addicted American, but even I think it‘s becoming a little much. Like the insulation that protects a house, cotton candy has become the soft material that quietly undergirds the grids of Instagram.

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It Sure Seems Like Donald Trump Doesn‘t Want the House GOP to Pass Its Immigration Bill

President Trump, who supposedly called into yesterday afternoon‘s emergency House Republican conference to tell them he wanted them to pass their barely alive immigration bill, isn‘t acting like someone who wants House Republicans to pass their immigration bill.

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The Terrible

Listen to Episode No. 205 of Live at Politics and Prose:

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Detained Without Trial: a History of Concentration Camps

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Facebook Says It Has ‘No Plans‘ to Listen in On Your Conversations

One of the most persistent conspiracy theories in the tech world today is that Facebook is surreptitiously listening in on your real-world conversations via your smartphone‘s microphone. According to the theory, the social network then uses that data to serve you ads relevant to things you‘ve been talking about. It‘s stoked by anecdotes in which people were served ads on Facebook for products they‘d just been discussing ou

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I Have to Ask: The James Wood Edition

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Don‘t Take Ultrasounds for Granted

This article is part of Update or Die, a series from Future Tense about how businesses and other organizations keep up with technological change-and the cost of falling behind.

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The Oxford Debater vs. the Debate Team Quitter

Every couple has one core fight that replays over and over again, in different disguises, over the course of their relationship. In thisseries, couples analyze the origin and mechanics of their One Fight. To pitch your own One Fight (we‘ll also accept pseudonyms, if necessary), email humaninterest@slate.com.

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New Evidence Shows That During the 1973 UpStairs Lounge Arson, Gays Had to Take Rescue Efforts Into Their Own Hands

This post is part ofOutward, Slate‘s home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture.Read more here.

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What Happens in Space Happens on Earth

‘Hello, and welcome [to] Mars!‘ From a flash of blush-tinted light appears Saeed, a shimmering, trim-bearded, space-suited projection of a man, with the disconcerting proportions and awkward gestures of a 2002-era video game character. But it‘s not 2002-Saeed is the first person you encounter in a virtual reality experience set in 2057, a fanciful ambassador welcoming you, virtual visitor, to your ‘second home‘ on Ma

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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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My Kids Have Heinous Taste in Fashion

Care and Feeding is Slate‘s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Emailcareandfeeding@gmail.com or post it in theSlate Parenting Facebook group.

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The Shunned Muslim

This is part of Season 2 of ‘Who‘s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,‘ a series featuring Slate‘s Aymann Ismail investigating fears about Muslims in America. Watch the entire series.

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Slate‘s Mistakes for the Week of June 18

In a June 21Brow Beat, Inkoo Kang misidentified the location where Elastigirl rides her motorcycle inIncredibles 2. She rides it in Municiberg, not Metroville.

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NYC Hospitals Are Treating Children Separated From Parents at Border for Mental Illness

The Trump administration used the welfare of other people‘s children as a deterrent, a bargaining chip in an immigration policy debate, and there has been a real cost in human terms. The psychological and health damage done by forcibly separating children from their parents is clear. And now that the country is paying attention to the conduct of its government on the border, we‘re starting to see the damage that has been inflicted by

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ABC Is Bringing Back Roseanne, Only Without Roseanne

Bye bye, Roseanne, hello The Conners. According to a report in Variety, ABC has ordered 10 episodes of a new fall series featuring the cast and crew of Roseanne Barr‘s recently canceled hit sitcom, with the notable exception of Barr herself. John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman will all return, as will much of the show‘s writing staff. Barr will have no involvement with the show, and will rece

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‘What the Hell Is President Trump Doing?‘

On Thursday, Sen. Chris Van Hollen pushed through an amendment to an appropriations measure that would force the State Department to reveal travel ban numbers it has previously kept secret. Slate spoke to Van Hollen about his amendment, the imminent Supreme Court decision on the travel ban, and his recent trip to the Mexican border to visit families that had been split by Trump‘s since reversed child separation policy. The following transcr

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A Song You Can Graduate To

Listen to Episode 1,019 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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Influential Conservative Commentator Charles Krauthammer Dies at 68

Conservative commentator, public intellectual, and Pulitzer Prize-winningcolumnist Charles Krauthammer died Thursday at the age of 68 from cancer of the small intestine. The conservative thinker‘s health troubles were not new and earlier this month Krauthammer penned a goodbye letter in the Washington Post where he was an influential conservative thinker and columnist for decades. ‘I have been uncharacteristically silent these past te

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The Real Meaning of Koko‘s Purported Nipple Fetish

The obituaries of Koko the gorilla, who died Tuesday at the age of 46, tell all the same kind of wistful, aspirational stories. They explain how Koko‘s trainers, Francine ‘Penny‘ Patterson and her colleagues, taught her to ‘speak‘ American Sign Language from the tender age of 1. There are mentions of how Koko graced the cover of National Geographic and became the star of a documentary. There are stories of numerous e

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House Republicans‘ Immigration Plan Is on Life Support

At the beginning of a question-and-answer session with conservative members of Congress on Thursday morning, I asked the assembled members of the Freedom Caucus if they thought either of the two immigration bills set for a vote Thursday afternoon would pass. There was silence, accompanied by sly grins, until someone spoke up.

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Jeff Bezos Will Lose Zero Sleep Over the Supreme Court‘s Decision to End Tax-Free Online Shopping

The Supreme Court dragged a bit of American tax law into the 21st century on Thursday, ruling that states could finally force all online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they lack a physical presence there.

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