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Samantha Bee Calls Out ‘Racist, Warmongering Homophobe‘ Mike Pompeo

Trump has a fabulous record of nominating unqualified bigots to serve our government. Most recent examples include anti-immigrant judicial nominee Michael Truncale and allegedly ‘flat-out unethical‘ Department of Veteran Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson. But some are saying that Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo is Trump‘s worst pick yet-and if you‘re too burnt out on depressing political news, don‘t worry. Samanth

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Hari Kondabolu on The Simpsons‘ Apu Episode: ‘I Wasn‘t Trying to Troll, but if I Was, I Won‘

When The Problem With Apu, the TruTV documentary spearheaded by Hari Kondabolu, came out last fall, the comedian did the usual press rounds for the film-including an interview with me for my Slate podcast Represent-calling attention to the racist legacy of The Simpsons‘ famed Indian-American character. The show‘s team remained mostly silent (Kondabolu was unable to get Hank Azaria, the voice behind Apu, to agree to an on-camera conver

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Federal Prosecutors Have Already Submitted Trump‘s Fox Friends Interview as Evidence That Michael Cohen Is Full of It

Donald Trump attorney/alleged-extramarital-affair-handler Michael Cohen is currently trying to convince a federal judge that much of the material federal authorities seized from him on April 9 is protected by attorney-client privilege. Prosecutors have argued that Cohen is actually more of an informal fixer and deal-broker who does very little protected legal work.

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Janelle Mone Comes Out, Declares Herself ‘a Queer Black Woman in America‘

Janelle Mone, who for years would respond to questions about her romantic life with coy answers like, ‘I only date androids,‘ has ended the speculation about her sexuality in a new Rolling Stone profile. ‘Being a queer black woman in America,‘ she told Brittany Spanos, ‘someone who has been in relationships with both men and women-I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.‘ As far as coming out goes, it d

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In the U.S., Pumping and Breastfeeding Suck

From the time she was young, one Mississippi woman said that if she had kids, she would breastfeed them. A beloved aunt had instilled in her its merits. But when her twins were born, ‘none of that happened.‘At the time, the woman, whom we refer to as Mattie (a pseudonym to conform with academic research standards for anonymity), was 19 years old and the pressure from her mother and the doctors at the hospital gave her little agency ov

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Trump‘s Advisers Made Him a Little Model of a North Korean Nuclear Site With a Tiny Statue of Liberty Inside It

U.S. intelligence officials preparing to brief President Trump ahead of his summit with Kim Jong-un are concerned about the fact that he is ‘known to have little patience for detailed briefings or lengthy documents‘ and might ‘act purely on gut instinct, as he often does with foreign leaders,‘ according to Reuters. Because of this, they plan to limit their presentation to Trump to an ‘abridged version, accompanied by

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Trump‘s Advisers Made Him a Little Model of a North Korean Nuclear Site With a Tiny Statute of Liberty Inside It

U.S. intelligence officials preparing to brief President Trump ahead of his summit with Kim Jong-un are concerned about the fact that he is ‘known to have little patience for detailed briefings or lengthy documents‘ and might ‘act purely on gut instinct, as he often does with foreign leaders,‘ according to Reuters. Because of this, they plan to limit their presentation to Trump to an ‘abridged version, accompanied by

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Facebook Kept Printing Money in the First Quarter. Will It Ever See a Hit From the Cambridge Analytica Scandal?

Facebook reported solid results during its Q1 earnings call for 2018 despite a series of brutal recent news cycles. The company generally exceeded expectations with 49 percent growth to 11.97 billion in revenue, daily active users up 13 percent year-over-year to 1.45 billion, and a net income of 5 billion.

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Old Man Yells at Country

The president did a big TV interview today on Fox Friends! Let‘s see what he talked about, as far as the issues facing our nation are concerned.

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The Warriors vs. Five Ordinary Bros

In this series, our sage referee answers fascinating, vexing, and/or bizarre sports hypotheticals and conundrums. To submit a question to the Sports Authority, email sportsauthority@slate.com.

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Hari Kondabolu on the Simpsons Apu Episode: ‘I Wasn‘t Trying to Troll, But If I Was, I Won.‘

When The Problem With Apu, the TruTV documentary spearheaded by Hari Kondabolu, came out last fall, the comedian did the usual press rounds for the film-including an interview with me for my Slate podcast Represent-calling attention to the racist legacy of The Simpsons‘ famed Indian American character. The show‘s team remained mostly silent (Kondabolu was unable to get Hank Azaria, the voice behind Apu, to agree to an on-camera conver

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Ronny Jackson Withdraws From VA Nomination Process

White House doctor and Naval officer Ronny Jackson has withdrawn his nomination to be the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he announced in a statement Thursday morning:

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee Cookies to Make Before Iced CoffeeSeason

I haven‘t had the good fortune of traveling to Vietnam, but a person can dream. Imagining the joy of eating my way through the country is overwhelming. Endless bowls of fragrantpho, fresh summer rolls, and lemongrass-spicedeverythingsounds like bliss.

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Texas Dangers

In his new book, God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State, Lawrence Wright examines his native state with a combination of disappointment, affection, and concern. Wright looks at how Texas has become increasingly diverse, with an economy that is more and more tech-driven, as its politics remain firmly right wing. Despite its large, multicultural cities,the state remains a low-tax haven, with safety-net benefits under assault

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Why Keri Russell Loves to Become Home-Care Nurse Stephanie on The Americans

Each week onSlate‘sAmericanspodcast, June Thomas sits down with the creators, cast, and crew ofTheAmericansas they reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama‘s sixth and final season.

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The Best Toasters and Toaster Ovens on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

To find the very best products that no human being would have the time to try, look tothe best-reviewed (that‘s four-to-five-star ratings and lots of ‘em) products and choose the most convincing. You‘ll find the best crowdsourced ideas whether you‘re searching for comforters, bed sheets, or evenChristmas trees.Below, the best toasters and toaster ovens as determined by the hard-nosed reviewers on Amazon. (Note that reviews

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Overly Long Episodes Are the Manspreading of TV

The first episode of this season ofWestworldclocks in at 69 minutes. And sure, as a one-off extra-long installment, that‘s pretty unremarkable. (You could even call it nice.) But season two‘s fourth episode is a whopping hour and 11 minutes, and I‘d be astonished if it‘s the last episode this season to run over an hour. The season-one finale episode, after all, was a full 90 minutes.

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Pregnancy Problems

Dear Prudence,My mother married and had me while she was in high school. She is the bravest woman I know, and she raised my brother and me by herself, put herself through college, and has finally married the love of her life after divorcing my alcoholic father and waste-of-space stepfather. Recently, she discovered she was pregnant again at 41. I am 23 and three months pregnant with my first child. Everyone else in my family, even my younger brot

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Watch This Marvel-Themed Brady Bunch Parody, Curse God, and Die

And there was a day when the actors of Marvel came to present themselves before Jimmy Fallon, and Robert Downey Jr. came also among them to present himself before Jimmy Fallon.And Jimmy Fallon said unto Robert Downey Jr., From whence comest thou? And Robert Downey Junior answered, and said, From making a Brady Bunch-themed Marvel video, and from loading it up and down.And Jimmy Fallon said unto Robert Downey Jr., Hast thou considered my studio au

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The Smallfoot Trailer Is Real, and We‘ve Got Photographic Proof

Wallachia, 15th century. A farmer reports to his neighbors that he has encountered the trailer for an animated film entitled Smallfoot while on a month-long bender in the Southern Carpathians. He is dismissed as a crank. But was he?

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LeBron Loses Ball, Goaltends, Hits Game-Winner, Splits Atom

NBA referees, like the cosmos, veer towards balance. Planets that both refuse to careen into stars and scurry away from them find orbit. Referees who miss out-of-bounds plays so too turn a blind eye towards sure-fire goaltends. As a result, the celestial dance continues, and LeBron James hits incredible game-winners.

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‘The Great Patriotic War‘

Are you watching the final season of The Americans? Please join other Slate readers in an Open Thread discussion of Episode 5 in the comment section on this page. And make sure to listen to Slate‘s insider podcast. (Editor‘s note: This conversation may include spoilers.)

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Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Takes the Fifth in Stormy Daniels Civil Case

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen will assert his Fifth Amendment right in response to the lawsuit brought by former adult film star Stormy Daniels. Cohen made the declaration to protect against self-incrimination in a court filing Wednesday. The move comes as Cohen and his legal team are attempting to pause a civil suit brought by Daniels until any potential criminal case is resolved following an FBI raid of Cohen properties. Such legal maneuvering is

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Paramount Confirms You‘ll Soon Be Able to Binge-Watch 15 Star Trek Movies in a Row

Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday that it is working on at least two new Star Trek movies, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This means Trekkies will finally be able to binge-watch 15 Star Trek films in a row. Previously, this sort of marathon viewing session was limited to fans of more popular, prolific franchises like the Hopalong Cassidy Cinematic Universe (66 films) or the Three Mesquiteers Cinematic Universe (51 films). Even an obscu

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