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Who Is Jared Kushner‘s Doppelgnger?

Jared Kushner, the amateur detectives of the internet have recently decided, is the little girl with the buzz cut from Stranger Things. He‘s also Tony‘s mom from The Sopranos. He‘s the creepy doll from a horror movie you didn‘t see, too. And he‘s the Babadook.

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Apple‘s Silence Is Trump‘s Win

On Tuesday, President Trump crowed in a Wall Street Journal interview that Apple CEO Tim Cook had committed to build ‘three big plants, beautiful plants‘ in the United States. The claim played perfectly into Trump‘s protectionist, triumphalist economic agenda, suggesting both that he has some influence over Silicon Valley‘s tech giants and that he is using said influence to bring manufacturing jobs back to America.

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Trump‘s Transgender Ban Will Weaken the Military

In an unexpected move Wednesday morning, on the 69th anniversary of President Harry Truman‘s order to desegregate the armed forces, President Donald Trump tweeted that he had decided to bar transgender Americans from serving in uniform.

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Transgender Service Members‘ Medical Costs Are Not a ‘Burden‘

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump used his favorite policy forum to announce that he was reversing the Obama administration policy of opening military service to transgender individuals. ‘Our military,‘ he tweeted, ‘must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender [sic] in the military would entail.‘

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The Represent Rose: Part 3

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Should He Stay or Should He Go?

All week, people have been making jokes on social media about how horrified they are to find themselves rooting for Jeff Sessions. With Sessions being publicly taunted and humiliated by Donald Trump every day in the press and on Twitter, even those who stand against everything he represents seem to be feeling protective of the attorney general. For many progressives, it‘s a disorienting stance: Even as they condemn Sessions for all the poli

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The World Without Us

‘The world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction, and social and political unravelling,‘ the network of writers, artists, and thinkers called the Dark Mountain Project believe. ‘We want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it.‘ In Dark Mountain‘s view, the reformist stance of big environmental groups who stump for ‘sustainability‘ is delusional; civi

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The Culture Gabfest ‘Apes, Pigs, and Comedians‘ Edition

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 462 with Jamelle Bouie, Stephen Metcalf, and Dana Stevens with the audio player below.

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Robbing the Cradle

As a member of Slate Plus, you‘re reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday morning.

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Why Young Men Might Be Playing Video Games Instead of Going to Work

In the wake of the Great Recession, young men have become something of a conundrum for economists. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics say that men between the ages of 21 and 30 show reduced labor force participation compared with older men and women of all ages. For example, the market hours (a labor economics term for the hours a person can choose to spend on either work or leisure) young men worked fell by 12 percent between 2000 and 2015

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Safe Sextet

Slate Plus members get access to the awesome American Values Club crossword, edited by Ben Tausig. This week‘s puzzle is rated 3/5 in difficulty.

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Dear Prudence: The ‘Radical Unfriendliness‘ Edition

BuzzFeed News‘ Bim Adewunmi joins Prudence to respond to your letters. First: How do I handle people who tell me I‘m not brown enough to be Indian? Then, some romance issues: My best friend won‘t come to our wedding because she can‘t get over my fianc‘s past. I told my parents I‘m polyamorous and now my dad refuses to meet the man my husband and I are dating. I broke it off with a man when I found out he was ma

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What the Hell Has Happened to the Senate?

On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote for a motion to proceed to the debate on a repeal or partial repeal or replacement or really God-knows-what of Obamacare. Things became even more confusing once it leaked out before the vote that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to be planning for a so-called ‘skinny repeal,‘ which would get rid of the law‘s individual mandate but keep other aspects of

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How McConnell Did It

A few days ago, it looked as though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn‘t even be able to secure enough votes to begin a formal debate on the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, let alone corral enough GOP senators to pass the ever-evolving Better Care Reconciliation Act. To the surprise of many, McConnell managed to pass his ‘motion to proceed,‘ with an assist from Vice President Mike Pence, thus bringing repe

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Why Did Trump and Putin Meet in Secret?

Listen to Episode 792 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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The Angle: ‘Skinny Repeal‘Edition

Getting desperate: This afternoon, Republicans passed a ‘motion to proceed‘ on their Obamacare repeal act. This means the Senate will debate health care reform for 20 hours before voting on ‘amendments.‘It‘sstill uncertain whether the Better Care Reconciliation Act will pass, so Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s Plan C is reportedly a stripped-down ‘skinny repeal‘plan that would end the Affor

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The Game of Thrones Graveyard

Update, July 25, 2017: Season 7 of Game of Thrones has begun. Mourn the dead at our virtual graveyard, which we will update as the season progresses.

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How Massachusetts Became a Sanctuary State

The Trump administration‘s crackdown on undocumented immigrants has been facilitated by a tool called an ‘immigration hold.‘ Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers can issue so-called ICE detainers when a state or local law enforcement agency is poised to release an undocumented immigrant from custody. If an agency agrees, it may hold the individual in custody for up to two days so ICE agents can transfer him or her to an

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Why Hope Is Dangerous When It Comes to Climate Change

Lots of people worry about climate change, but as David Wallace-Wells shows in his recent New York magazine piece, the future is almost certainly worse than you imagine. Drawing on a wide range of experts, he tracks how climate change could alter every aspect of planetary existence. Ocean acidification gives rise to oxygen-eating bacteria. Melting ice results in the absorption of more sunlight and greater warming. Rising temperatures hasten the d

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What a Bar With Decorative Bullet Holes Really Means

On Saturday afternoon, there was an anti-gentrification protest in Brooklyn. The target was a new bar-restaurant called Summerhill, whose owner‘s tone-deaf marketing caused an uproar on the internet and then one in real life.

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Our Unfounded Medical Optimism

The parents of Charlie Gard announced on Monday that they‘d given up on treating their 11-month-old child, who suffers from a rare and deadly gene mutation affecting his mitochondrial DNA. The roller-coaster case began in February when physicians at the London hospital treating the infant said it was time to remove Charlie‘s life support. They refused to let the British couple fly him to New York City for a last-ditch, experimental tr

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Trump Can‘t Kill the Russia Investigation

Already this week, President Trump has gone after his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Twitter, and continued his attack on Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation. The crucial question now is whether Trump will get rid of Sessions and then try to have Mueller removed as special prosecutor.

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Jared‘s Rules

You may not remember Divna Maslenjak. Her case before the Supreme Court this year did not generate a ton of headlines. But it‘s worth comparing what the Trump administration tried to do to her for filling out a government form incorrectly to what Jared Kushner told Senate investigators about his own difficulty in filing an accurate form. It offers further evidence that in Trumpworld, there‘s one legal standard for Donald Trump, his al

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The Donald Trump Election Brag Tracker

When Donald Trump chatted with three Reuters reporters in April, he handed each of them a map memorializing his win over Hillary Clinton. ‘It‘s pretty good, right?‘ the president asked before adding, ‘The red is obviously us.‘ This was not an outlier. Trump also bragged about his election victory at a Republican Party retreat in Philadelphia days after the inauguration, during an appearance with the president of Roma

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