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The Angle: Another Day, Another Health Care Bill

Not much better: Senate Republicans finally unveiled their Obamacare replacement bill today, and no, the Better Care Reconciliation Act is not much better than the House‘s American Health Care Act. The Slatest covers the major takeaways, including the elimination of the individual mandate and enormous cuts to Medicaid, while Jordan Weissmann breaks down the Klondike kickback buried deep in the legislation. Meanwhile, Senate conservatives ar

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My Patients Need Medicaid

Last year, I admitted a middle-aged patient I‘ll call Joe to Columbia University Medical Center. Joe, who was brought in by a neighbor, was profoundly confused and had missed dialysis. We thought the build-up of toxins were clouding Joe‘s mind. But dialysis didn‘t improve things, and we soon realized dementia was the culprit-and that it was putting our patient in serious danger.

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We Know How This Ends

To walk into the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday morning was less to enter an ongoing, real-life debate of mysterious outcome than to assume your role in a hackneyed script.

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How to Build a New Republican Coalition

The Republican coalition is changing. First, the GOP is in danger of losing college-educated suburbanites who voted only reluctantly for Donald Trump in 2016, or who split their tickets by voting against Trump while voting for GOP congressional candidates. The close shave in Georgia‘s 6th Congressional District demonstrates that Republicans can‘t take these voters for granted, especially if Democrats recruit candidates who can‘t

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Scaachi Koul on Surviving the Trolls

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The ‘Lump of Coal‘ Edition

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Arizona Already Tried What the GOP Wants to Do to Medicaid. It Was a Disaster.

Swollen, throbbing, and pale purple, Beatrice‘s left leg looked less like a limb and more like an oversized, striated eggplant.* But her breathing-or lack thereof-is what caught my attention first.

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GLOW

In 1986, a new show premiered that was unlike any ever seen on TV. Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or GLOW for short, was a glorious, bizarre product of its time, taking all of the camp, melodrama, and fantasy of the male-dominated wrestling scene and turning it into a showcase for dozens of charismatic, flamboyant women of all shapes and sizes. Hop on YouTube and you‘ll find no shortage of vintage GLOW clips to peruse in all of its absurdity

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Snowflake, Loser, and Other Political Jabs

In the Slate Plus bonus segment of Wednesday‘s edition of the Culture Gabfest, Christina, Stephen, and June discuss the political insult du jour, snowflake. The right loves to deride the left for being precious, overly sensitive, feathery ice crystals-but is there really something so wrong with having feelings?

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The ‘Pity if Something Happened to the FBI‘ Transcript

This is a transcript of Episode 70 from Amicus,Slate‘s podcast about the Supreme Court.These transcripts are lightly edited and may contain errors. For the definitive record, consult the podcast.

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Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The ‘Welcome to the Gun Show‘ Edition

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Understand the Fake News

Something weird happened on the wonk internet last week. Shortly after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others in Alexandria, Virginia, an infographic with the logo of explanatory news site Vox began ricocheting across Twitter. It had the look of something Vox would produce, and it was tweeted by Twitter user @DudeSlater, whose bio identified him as Vox‘s editor in chief. But using a bit of Vox-y math, the infographic,

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The Conversation Encapsulated All of Our Nixon-Era Fears

This article supplements Slate‘s Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club. To learn more and to join, visit Slate.com/thrillers.

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Senate Backrooms and a Defense for Mitch McConnell

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What Is the Far Right‘s Endgame? A Society That Suppresses the Majority.

When the Supreme Court decided, in the 1954 case of Brown vs. Board of Education, that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Tennessee-born economist James McGill Buchanan was horrified. Over the course of the next few decades, the libertarian thinker found comfortable homes at a series of research universities and spent his time articulating a new grand vision of American society, a country in which government would be close to nonexi

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I Have to Ask: The Ben Rhodes Edition

Ben Rhodes is a former speechwriter and foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama. He sat down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the threat Russia poses to American democracy, why Trump‘s advisers can‘t control him, and the biggest successes and disappointments of the Obama presidency.

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Face to Face With a Humpback Whale

This video shows how magical a photo session with humpback whales can be. Australian photographer Jem Cresswell has been visiting them for three years, and his local Tongan guide, Sione, knows when a whale is ready for its closeup. Cresswell tells My Modern Met, ‘I always enter the water as calmly as possible, keeping my heart rate low, and wait to see the behavior. There are obvious signs if the whales are comfortable, and we will not appr

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Make This Obstruction Thing Go Away

It will shock nobody to learn that Donald Trump doesn‘t understand what lawyers do. If you are a ‘successful businessman,‘ it‘s hardly surprising that you would conceive of lawyers as well-compensated plumbers and cocktail waitresses-folks who make crap disappear and bring you everything you want, wordlessly and with short skirts. If you are a Trump-style ‘successful businessman,‘ one who is apt to hinge his su

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Goo Goo Gah Gah

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 at 6 a.m.

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The Musings of Wallace Shawn

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A GOP Without Fear

It is difficult to overstate the sheer unpopularity of the American Health Care Act, the Republican Party‘s plan to ‘repeal and replace‘ the Affordable Care Act. And it‘s not hard to understand why the bill is so unpopular. What‘s mystifying is why Republicans insist on passing it, acting as if there won‘t be political consequences for a plan that promises pain for tens of millions of Americans.

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The Angle: Pay Attention Edition

How he does it: Mitch McConnell is waiting us out, hoping to fly under the radar and pass a repeal of Obamacare while we‘re not looking. Jordan Weissmann explains how the Senate majority leader became a master at exploiting our short attention spans.

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How Hot Is Too Hot to Run Outside?

This story is republished with permission from the Conversation.

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Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Dear Dahlia, Pam, Mark, and the Judge-

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