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The Inspo Trap

Michelle Obama released an image of her book cover via social media on Thursday, and of course she looks beautiful and confident. But the image, and the carefully tasteful cover design, also feels standard-issue, evoking any number of inspirational autobiographies written by powerful women in recent years (see: Sheryl Sandberg‘s Lean In, Ariana Huffington‘s Thrive, or-perish the comparison-Ivanka Trump‘s Women Who Work). The imp

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When Barney Frank Said It Was OK for Democrats to Deregulate Banks, He Was Getting Paid by a Bank

Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law bipartisan legislation loosening some of the key provisions of the post-financial banking rules known as Dodd-Frank. The House had passed the legislation a couple days before, but this story begins more than two months earlier, as the deregulation push was picking up steam in the Senate. Given Republicans‘ narrow majority in the upper chamber, the effort would have quickly petered out if not for the

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Farewell to Runescape Classic, the Rudimentary RPG Where I Learned Important Life Lessons by Selling Apple Pies to Strangers

In 2001, the video-game studio Jagex launched Runescape, an online role-playing game. This week, the developers announced that the original version of the game, one that consumed vast quantities of my time as a middle schooler and remained online until now, is shutting down.

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Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting Edition

Listen to Episode 13 of Slate‘s Hit Parade:

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The Boba Fett Movie Is Happening, and Logan‘s James Mangold Will Reportedly Direct

Solo, meet Boba Fett.

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The Most Awkward Line in the Entire Star Wars Franchise Gets a Surprisingly Catchy Remix

‘I don‘t likesand.It‘s coarseand rough and irritating,and it gets everywhere.‘ Attack of the Clones has some truly painful dialogue, but Anakin Skywalker‘s attempt to flirt with his future wife with a monologue about sand is probably the most squirm-inducing moment in the entire Star Wars franchise. On the other hand, it makes for a bangin‘ soundtrack to Sand: A Star Wars Story.

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What Childhood Sports Failures Keep You Up at Night?

Minor Leaguesis Slate‘s pop-up blog about kids‘ sports.

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Is Solo a Hunk of Junk or Does It Still Have a Few Surprises?

On the Spoiler Special podcast,Slatecritics discussmovies,the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon,another podcast, in full, spoiler-filled detail. In this week‘s episode, Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman, Slate Brow Beat editor Sam Adams, and Slate editorial assistant Marissa Martinelli spoil Solo: A Star Wars Story. Is this movie a worthy addition to the Star Wars universe or does it suffer from a bad case of prequelitis? How

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When Race Is the Punchline on Prime Time

I‘ll admit it, I do enjoy race jokes-but only those of the subversive variety. Racially charged quips on Roseanne and The Simpsons led to a flurry of criticism about the indelicate use of race as a punchline last month. On ABC, Roseanne Barr‘s character took a swipe at other shows on the network that portray black and Asian families as being ‘just like us,‘ implying they‘re inherently different from white families, a

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A Casual Fan‘s Guide to Solo‘s Most Obscure Star Wars References

This post contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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The View From Flyover Country

Listen to Episode No. 201 of Live at Politics and Prose:

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Buried in Bourgeois Life

Rachel Cusk‘s new novel, Kudos, reaches a kind of formal perfection. Rarely does a single word of its exceptionally polished prose seem out of place. What‘s more, the driving philosophical concerns of the novel are, to put it in a single word, real: The questions are real, and there really are no obvious answers. Kudos completes a trilogy of books that share the same narrator and many of the same structures and themes, beginning with

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My Mother-in-Law Wants to Be Called ‘Nama‘ by Our Future Child

Care and Feeding is Slate‘s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Emailcareandfeeding@gmail.com.

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What Are the Best Grilling Tools?

Whether you‘re new to ‘cue and looking to build your grilling toolbox from scratch, or you‘re a seasoned smoker looking to upgrade her rusty tongs, we went to a dozen of the country‘s best pitmasters who took part of 2017‘sBig Apple Barbecue and had them share their go-to gear with us. (Note, Father‘s Day is upon us, and a lot of these gizmos, gadgets, and can chicken-roasting racks would make great gifts.)

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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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Slate‘s Mistakes for the Week of May 21

In a May 24 Family, Mark Joseph Stern mistakenly referred to the time period of the piece as the term of the George H.W. Bush administration.

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The Rockets Are One Game From the NBA Finals. Could Chris Paul‘s Hamstring Be the Warriors‘ Salvation?

The most important play of the Houston Rockets‘ Game 5 victory over the Golden State Warriors was an ugly brick. With 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Chris Paul drove on the Warriors‘ Quinn Cook and tossed up a high floater. It missed, badly, and when Paul came down, he did so with a grimace. After a few tries, he managed to awkwardly pull himself to his feet. On the other end of the court, with the Warriors playing 5 on 4

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The LA Times Isn‘t Letting Europeans Read Its Site Thanks to the EU‘s New Internet Rules

Companies that run websites have been dreading this Friday for months: It‘s the day Europe‘s robust and sweeping new privacy protections go into effect. That‘s why, leading up to Friday, websites across the internet have been franticly sending out emails and making critical updates to their privacy policies to comply with the new rules.

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We Went Back in Time to 2008 and Twitter Was Strangely Pleasant There

Nothing particularly notable happened on this day in Twitter history-and that‘s what made it a good day to travel 10 years back in Twitter time and see what your feed looked like in 2008.

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Facebook Finally Unveiled Its Plan to Make the Next Election Less Awful Than the Last One

The 2018 election is less than six months away, and on Thursday Facebook shared its full plan to fumigate the troll infestation that afflicted it last time. Since Donald Trump won the 2016 race, we‘ve learned about the Kremlin-backed boost his campaign got on the web, where trolls puppeting fake accounts posed as American activist organizations on Facebook, Twitter; and YouTube; where fake news stories written on another continent prolifera

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Deal With Fake News Yourself, Facebook

Listen to Episode 1,000 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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The ‘Open Hostility‘ Edition

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Report: DOJ Investigating Bitcoin Price Manipulation

The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation, along with the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission, into people who may be manipulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

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Why Stoli Vodka and Harvey Milk Day Make a Nasty Cocktail

This Tuesday, California celebrated Harvey Milk Day, a holiday to honor the influential LGBTQ rights activist who became the first out queer person elected to public office in the state. Milk, who was tragically assassinated 40 years ago in 1978, would have turned 88 this week.

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