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Ted Cruz Tried To Lecture Mark Hamill About Star Wars

Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who endorsed Donald Trump despite the fact that Trump insulted his wife‘s appearance on Twitter and claimed his father helped kill JFK, is no stranger to humiliation. So losing a Twitter fight with the actor who plays Luke Skywalker on the weekend of a new Star Wars movie is probably pretty far down his personal list of ‘times I became aware I was a public disgrace.‘ But it‘s still pretty fuckin

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How Does Samuel R. Delany Work?

This season on Working, we‘re taking a look at some LGBTQ-specific jobs.

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My Husband‘s Other Wife

This month, Slate is republishing some of our favorite stories. Here‘s today‘s selection: This year has relentlessly offered itself as proof that the human heart is small and hard. This classic 2009 essay by Emily Yoffe is all the proof you need of the opposite. -Lowen Liu

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Prepare for More Dancing Hot Dogs

Since the dancing baby delighted our screens more than two decades ago, memes have taken various forms, their popularity aided as tools have made it easier to create memes of our own. Still photos and images, like the now ubiquitous text-overlaid image memes, can be easily created on the fly with some basic Photoshop skills. Giphy offers a whole trove of GIF-style memery. Internet discussion boards like Reddit are a constant source of new viral f

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Lost in Penn Station

This month, Slate is republishing some of our favorite stories. Here‘s today‘s selection: Julia Turner‘s entire series on signs, from 2010, taught me a lot about the ways that structural problems within and between organizations affect customers; take the signage at Penn Station, which is confusing and bizarre largely because three different railroads can‘t agree with each other. And the fact that Slate‘s then-deputy

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The Best Gifts and Gadgets for Nerds and Geeks

This article originally appeared on the Strategist.

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The May the Fox Be With You Edition

Listen to Episode No. 187 of Slate Money

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Judge Kozinski‘s Opinion in this 2001 Sexual Harassment Case Is Even More Alarming Now

In the past week, major publications, including Slate, have published stories alleging that Judge Alex Kozinski routinely harassed his female law clerks, employees, and women in his professional orbit. Hearing these stories finally come out was a relief for me, as it was for many others who had seen his behavior firsthand. But it also made me think immediately of a woman whose life Judge Kozinski changed without even meeting her.

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Jeff Ross Got Bored, So He Got Political

Listen to Episode 891 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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Collusion Doesn‘t Have to Be Criminal

This piece was originally published onJust Security, an online forum for analysis of U.S. national security law and policy.

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The Angle: Really Judgy Edition

His best judge: Fox News‘ Jeanine Pirro is all bluster, all the time, and she‘s on President Trump‘s side all the way. Katy Waldman assesses the TV personality‘s particular brand of stubborn bombast.

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Trump‘s Favorite Judge

On Saturday night, the high court of Fox News came to order, Judge Jeanine Pirro presiding. In the opening segment of her show, Justice with Judge Jeanine, Pirro sermonized about the need for a government purge. Wearing a blazing red blouse and enunciating like the irate director of a recalcitrant choir, the jurist-turned-professional-angry-person went medieval on the United States circa 2017. ‘There have been times in our history where cor

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Does Rotten Apples Toss Out Some Good Ones, Too?

More than two dozen men with ties to the entertainment industry have been fired, suspended, or otherwise censured in the 10 weeks since the New York Times published its initial expos of producer Harvey Weinstein. If you‘re having trouble keeping up with all the boldface names you should now refile under alleged scum, you‘re not alone. In keeping with the rest of the news from this terrible year, the downfalls of accused creeps quickly

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The Best of Slate Podcasts

In this edition of our members-only podcast digest, listen to the best segments of the week:

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The Road to Watergate

This week‘s episode of Slow Burn explores how journalists like Walter Cronkite, Lesley Stahl, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein tried to bring attention to the Watergate cover-up before the 1972 presidential election-and ultimately failed.

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Digital Rights Are Human Rights

Not long ago, the internet connoted progress, connection, exploration, innovation. But what trends do you associate with the net today? Disinformation? Hatred? Surveillance? Censorship? Monopoly? Child exploitation?

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Twitter Has Transformed Itself, and No One Noticed

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The Secret Vice of Power Women

This month, Slate is republishing some of our favorite stories. Here‘s today‘s selection: In 1996, Michael Kinsley famously moved from Washington, D.C.‘s political swamp to the salmon-spawning grounds of the Puget Sound to edit Microsoft‘s first general interest Web magazine, the publication you‘re reading now. His more or less weekly column, Readme, was a wonderfully unpredictable mix of political commentary, gentle

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Acting Ethically in the Fog of War

To listen to this episode of Trumpcast, use the player below:

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She‘s Gotta Have It Writer Radha Blank

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Blind Justices

In 2015 and 2016, I clerked for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This court is the home of Judge Alex Kozinski, who, as reported by the Washington Post and Slate‘s Dahlia Lithwick, has a history of allegedly harassing women in the workplace, including showing them pornography and making repeated inappropriate sexual comments. (Kozinski has denied showing pornography to his clerks and has said he ‘wouldnever intentionally do anyt

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States‘ Rights No More

Last week, the House GOP passed a gun bill that has been uniformly condemned by law enforcement leaders across the country. These lawmakers brushed off the impassioned pleas of police leaders for one simple reason: The legislation-known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act-is the No. 1 priority for the National Rifle Association.

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How to Build a Dictatorship

On this week‘s episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I spoke with Stephen Kotkin, a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union who has just published the massive second volume of his Joseph Stalin biography, called Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 19291941. With another volume set to come, this one ends just on the eve of Hitler‘s invasion of the Soviet Union.

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The Best Jazz Albums of 2017

Even as the world goes up in smoke, artists still make art, and this very much includes jazz musicians, whose best work this year (at least the best that I managed to hear amid the noise) plumbed old and new, tradition and innovation, structure and freedom, with-under the circumstances-heroic strivings. I‘ve been picking the best jazz albums of the year in Slate since 2002. Here‘s my list (as usual, with audio clips included) for 2017

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