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The Latest Fireable Offense

Last month, when President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, conservatives parroted the White House cover story: that Trump had terminated Comey based on the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. That story soon collapsed, leaving Trump‘s apologists scrambling for other excuses. In the last week or so, some of them have settled on a new theory. They accept that Trump fired Comey be

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Where Trump‘s Immigration Crackdown Is Failing

Last month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released data showing it had achieved a nearly 40 percent spike in immigration arrests in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. In a press call about the new numbers, ICE‘s Acting Director Thomas Homan explained that these elevated numbers stemmed from the White House‘s decision to reverse a November 2014 Obama policy prioritizing certain criminal aliens and recent border

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Lost in Adaptation

‘The slaves left.‘ In three words, Sofia Coppola‘s new film The Beguiled casually dispenses with one of the great shames of the American republic. Coppola‘s film is an elegant Southern Gothic tale of masculine charms and feminine vengeance, completely stripped of its historical and racial context. While not every period genre picture need grapple with the ‘peculiar institution,‘ this is a film set during the Ci

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Tragic Flaw

Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up below to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie‘s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)

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Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club: The Conversation and Enemy of the State

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Reminder: Poor People Don‘t Eat More Fast Food

In 2008, the city council of Los Angeles implemented a one-year ban on the construction of new standalone fast-food restaurants in South L.A. The goal was to reduce obesity in the low-income neighborhoods that make up that part of the city. Jan Perry, a city councilperson at the time of the ban, was quoted saying: ‘If people don‘t have better choices or don‘t have the time or knowledge or curiosity, they are going to take what&l

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The Life and Times of Cheeto

Cheeto the seahorse has a great name and an even greater story.

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‘The Worst Problem in the World‘

Before President Obama left office, he reportedly told his successor that North Korea would be the most dangerous problem faced by the United States over the ensuing years. The last several months have done nothing to dispel that judgment. And on Monday, the family of Otto Warmbier, who had been held in North Korea for over a year before being released last week, announced his death. In a new cover story for the Atlantic, the veteran journalist M

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Will the 6th District Swing Left?

Last month Jessica Zeigler, a precinct captain for Jon Ossoff‘s congressional campaign, realized that reaching millennial voters was almost impossible. Young voters are often registered at their parents‘ address, and many of those parents are enraged when Democratic canvassers show up at their door. ‘Those were the angriest people,‘ said Zeigler. ‘When you are targeting their child, or heaven forbid their child might

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Lies vs. BS

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The Trump Brand and the Conversation That Isn‘t Happening on the Left

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Great Expectations

Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up below to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie‘s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)

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The Angle: Amazon Octopus Edition

The case against Amazon: Chris Sagers, a professor of law specializing in antitrust, explains why Amazon has so far escaped legal action so far and why hethinks the company‘s purchase of Whole Foods may change the game.

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No Strategy in Syria

Earlier this month, President Trump decided to let Secretary of Defense (and retired four-star general) James Mattis set U.S. military policy in Afghanistan. Now he seems to be handing the military the same carte blanche on the more fraught battlefields in Syria.

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Help! My Husband Is Having Sex With Our Marriage Counselor.

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members.

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Dodging Insanity

In a 54 decision on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an indigent Alabama death row prisoner who had no dedicated mental health expert to help explain his condition to the court that sentenced him to die. The task before the court in McWilliams v. Dunn was to determine what kind of expert psychiatric assistance an indigent defendant deserves at trial. The court-with Justice Anthony Kennedy weighing in with the liberal wing-ruled very na

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Does Partisan Gerrymandering Violate the First Amendment?

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Gill v. Whitford, a blockbuster case that could curb partisan gerrymandering throughout the United States. Shortly thereafter, the justices handed down two excellent decisions bolstering the First Amendment‘s free speech protections for sex offenders and derogatory trademarks. While the link between these two rulings and Whitford isn‘t obvious at first glance, it seems possible that

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Hang Up and Listen: The When an Apple Fights an Orange Edition

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Why Would Moderate Republicans Vote for Such a Harsh Health Care Bill?

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So Much for ‘Conscious Capitalism‘

Whole Foods Market founder John Mackey was livid. They‘re ‘greedy bastards,‘ Mackey spouted to Texas Monthly in April after the investment management firm Jana Partners, Whole Foods‘ second-biggest shareholder, signaled its intention to sell off his company. ‘These people, they just want to sell Whole Foods Market and make hundreds of millions of dollars, and they have to know that I‘m going to resist that.&lsq

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Praise Lorde

About two-thirds of the way into the three-minute ‘Homemade Dynamite‘ from New Zealand pop star Lorde‘s second album, Melodrama, there‘s a moment that captures both (a) what makes the 20-year-old Ella Yelich-O‘Connor such a unique and special artist and (b) why chart pop seems like an odd field for this particular young visionary to have stumbled into.

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Forget Michigan

Just as generals are always fighting the previous war, campaign strategists always seem to be fighting the previous election. And so every professional analyst and armchair pundit I‘ve asked about how Democrats might win in 2020 has immediately offered me an answer to a subtly-but importantly-different question: ‘Here‘s how you win back the white working class.‘ Which is really just shorthand for: ‘Here‘s how y

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Police Data Suggests Black and Hispanic Drivers Are Searched More Often Than Whites

Police pull over more than 50,000 drivers on a typical day in the United States, more than 20 million stops each year. Some of these stops become part of our collective consciousness. Sandra Bland was arrested while driving through Texas and then died in her jail cell three days later. Philando Castile was stopped and killed in Minnesota, his death filmed by his girlfriend. (Last week, a jury acquitted the officer involved of all charges in the s

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To Overflow Every Division Between Human Beings

The run-down Delhi graveyard where the two women whose stories run through Arundhati Roy‘s second novel finally meet is a surprisingly convivial necropolis. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Roy‘s long-awaited follow-up to her celebrated Booker-winning debut The God of Small Things-published 20 years ago-follows Anjum, who has a complex gender history (she was born intersex, with both male and female genitals, and in her prime lived w

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