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We Rank the Todds!

The Olympic snowboarding events are over now, and I, for one, am sad to see them go. I spent a lot of time watching snowboarding over the past couple weeks, which means I spent a lot of time in the virtual company of two men named Todd. NBC‘s snowboarding coverage in Pyeongchang was anchored by Todd Harris and Todd Richards. Todd Harris does play by play. Todd Richards does color commentary. They‘re both good commentators-as Vulture&l

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The Heavily Redacted Democratic Response Effectively Rebuts the Nunes Memo

Democrats released their heavily redacted rebuttal to the Nunes Memo on Saturday. Despite not offering much in the way of new information about the FBI‘s counterintelligence investigation of Russian election interference and how it came to draw in former members of the Trump campaign, the memo directly rebutted the most serious charges of the Republican memo.

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Trump Sends Out Three-Year-Old Tweet from Sandy Hook Truther About How It‘s OK To Be a Black Republican

It‘s a day of the week, so the president of the United States is tweeting. Here‘s what Trump sent out on Saturday:

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Rod Rosenstein Told the White House That Jared Kushner Would Not Be Getting Clearance Soon

The Washington Post reported on Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called the White House two weeks ago to discuss ongoing concerns about Jared Kushner‘s security clearance.

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The Legend of Curling Gold

Earlier this week, I outlined the incredibly cinematic story of the U.S. men‘s Olympic curling team. John Shuster‘s squad of has-beens-better known as ‘Team Rejects‘-was shunned by USA Curling and dismissed by the international curling community. And yet they overcame all the doubters to make it not just to the Olympics, but to the gold-medal game. My article on Thursday ended with Team Shuster preparing to play the heavil

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Top CPAC Figure in Trouble After Saying the GOP Is Cynical in How It Treats Black Republicans

Conservative Political Action Conference communication director Ian Walters caused a controversy on Friday when he said that the Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele as its chairman in 2009 ‘because he‘s a black guy.‘

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Kyle Mack Won Big Air Silver With a ‘Bloody Dracula.‘ What‘s a Bloody Dracula?

U.S. snowboarder Kyle Mack did more than just win a silver medal at the Olympics‘ inaugural big air event on Friday. He also introduced the viewing audience to the best adjective-proper noun combo in all of sports. Behold, the ‘Bloody Dracula.‘

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A Brief Conversation with a Transgender Conservative At CPAC

Jennifer Williams of Trenton, New Jersey (pictured far right, above) was with a small group of transgender CPAC attendees answering questions from and taking pictures with passersby. This interview has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

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The Great Olympics Debate: Should We Rank Countries by Gold Medals or Total Medal Count?

When the 2018 Winter Olympics come to a close on Sunday, fans will be able to take a final inventory of the successes and failures of their respective nations. But figuring out Pyeongchang‘s big winner isn‘t as simple as it may seem. First, we need to determine how, exactly, bragging rights should be doled out.

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The Best Pillows for Side Sleepers

If you‘re one of the estimated 70 percent of people who sleep on their sides, you‘re likely familiar with the toss-fluff-repeat cycle of a fitful rest. Unlikestomachand back sleepers, side sleepers need extra support, making it near impossible for basic pillows to get the job done. ‘Because of the greater distance between their heads and themattress, side sleepers often need a thicker pillow to keep their head and neck in a neut

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The Success Theater Edition

Listen to Episode No. 197 of Slate Money

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Tinder Might Feel Like a Dating Wasteland, But It‘s Not Entirely Useless

It‘s a widely-accepted fact-at least in my circle of recent college grads-that Tinder, and the world of online dating writ large, is a wasteland. The lure of carefully curated profiles, relative anonymity, and endless swiping seem to bring out the worst behavior-catfishing, terrible bios, and misogyny abound. And even when motives are pure, the nagging idea that there‘s a better match one swipe away tends to make Tinder interactions f

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Work at Slate

If you love Slate and are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. Slate just so happens to be hiring.

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A Brief Conversation With White Nationalist Peter Brimelow at CPAC

Peter Brimelow is the founder of the white nationalist site VDare and a former editor at National Review. He was touring CPAC‘s exhibition hall with his wife, Lydia, on Friday evening. This interview has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

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How Newsweek Collapsed

In fall 2017, a high-ranking editor at Newsweek was fired four days after filing a grievance to the magazine‘s human resources department, complaining of gender discrimination and bullying, and proposing an agreement to leave the company. Her termination letter, which Slate viewed, did not mention the HR complaints. Instead, it laid out a laundry list of performance and conduct concerns.

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The Truth About ‘Crisis Actors‘

On Wednesday, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Cameron Kasky, the 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor who has helped lead the students‘ fight for gun control, how he felt about the popular right-wing conspiracy theory that he and his classmates are paid actors.‘If you had seen me in my school‘s production of Fiddler on the Roof, you would know that no one would pay me to act for anything,‘ Kasky told Blitzer.

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Resigns Following Sex Scandal, Because Australian Politics Is a Mess Too

Here‘s something that might make Americans feel slightly better (or not) about their country‘s ludicrous leadership: Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been forced stepped down from his post-again-following a litany of scandals surrounding his affair with his former media adviser and soon-to-be baby mama, Vikki Campion. That‘s right, Mike Pence‘s Australian counterpart not only dines with women who are not

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Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition

Listen to Episode 10 of Slate‘s Hit Parade:

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Don‘t Fall for It

Listen to Episode 936 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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Get to Know a New Olympic Event: Mass Start Speedskating

Event: Mass start speedskating

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U.S. to (Sort of) Move Embassy to Jerusalem in May

The State Department has announced that it will move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the country‘s founding.This is a much faster timetable than discussed in December when Trump announced that the U.S. was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital. Initially, the move was supposed to take three or four years. Then Vice President Mike Pence said during his visit to

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Here Are Today‘s New Details in the Case Against Paul Manafort

Former Trump campaign consultant Rick Gates pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of lying to investigators on Friday. Special counsel Robert Mueller also unsealed a five-count superseding indictment against Paul Manafort that included new allegations. That new indictment had been issued on Feb. 16, 2018.

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Any Gun Control Law Congress Could Possibly Pass Will Survive in the Courts

The Republican Party and the NRA frequently describe the Second Amendment in absolutist terms, suggesting that any restriction on the right to bear arms runs afoul of the Constitution. In reality, however, federal courts have consistently upheld constraints on Americans‘ ability to buy, sell, and carry firearms. On Friday, the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld yet another gun regulation, a New York City measure that sharply limits gu

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Johnny Weir‘s Hunger Games Fashion Transformation Began Long Before the 2018 Olympics

Olympic figure skaters-turned-NBC commentators Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski have been attracting as much attention these Olympics for how they look as for what they have to say. Weir, in particular, has become something of a meme, with viewers noting that his hair and outfits make him look like Caesar Flickerman, Stanley Tucci‘s character in the Hunger Games movies, a kind of talk show host who also provides commentary as children try to k

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