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The Keepers of the Canon

On Sunday, the Star Trek franchise will do something it hasn‘t done in more than a decade: It will boldly go. That‘s not to say it has been at a complete standstill for the past 12 years. It has, after all, given rise to three blockbuster films since the latest television iteration, Enterprise, went off the air in 2005. But those movies take place in an alternate universe known officially as the Kelvin timeline (unofficially, as the A

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Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The ‘Emotional Bloodshed‘ Edition

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The Meteorologist‘s Lament

Imagine a situation where Jordan Spieth stands at a tee 87 yards from the hole. The crowd takes for granted that he will hit a hole-in-one. Any other outcome from that swing is unacceptable. Spieth tees off, and the ball lands 6 inches to the left of the cup. While some cheer, others in the crowd curse as Spieth taps the ball in for a birdie and gains a stroke on the rest of the field.

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Unilateral Rocket Man

During his address at the United Nations on Tuesday, President Donald Trump went further than he ever had before in threatening military action against North Korea. ‘If [the United States] is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,‘ Trump told the gathering at the U.N.‘s annual General Assembly.

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People Have Always Feared I‘ll Become a Radical

This video is part of ‘Who‘s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,‘ a series featuring Slate‘s Aymann Ismail confronting fears about Muslims. Follow along on our Facebook page.

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America the Supervillain

Salman Rushdie‘s 13th novel is a dramatic trans-Atlantic tale that marks his swerve from magic realism to realism. While his previous novels were peopled with telepathic children, vengeful jinns, and levitating gardeners, The Golden House is tethered to terra firma. Set largely in New York, Rushdie‘s home for the last two decades, the book revolves around a wealthy family of refugees who are fleeing not a war or natural disaster but t

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The Last Person Standing

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The DoubleX Gabfest ‘Hillary‘s Yoga and Chardonnay‘ Edition

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The Most Empowering Tool for Hurricane Recovery

Six months after the federal levees failed and Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, I went to City Hall to try to get electricity restored to our house.

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I Have to Ask: The David Remnick Edition (Part 1)

David Remnick is the editor of the New Yorker. In the first installment of a two-part interview, he sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss whether Hillary hatred has gone too far, Ta-Nehisi Coates and writing about race in 2017, and why Obama is cashing in on Wall Street.

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

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The Angle: Obergefell Next Edition

It‘s coming: Slowly but surely, the Trump administration is nominating judges to the federal judiciary who will undermine, and eventually challenge, the 2015 Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Mark Joseph Stern profiles a few of the most dangerous nominees.

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Obergefell Is Already Under Attack

Donald Trump‘s presidency will last, at most, for eight years. His administration can do a great deal of damage in that time. But the judges he appoints to the federal judiciary will serve for the rest of their lives. If history is a guide, some of Trump‘s hundreds of judges will still be serving in 2067. That gives them ample time to wreak all sorts of havoc on civil rights. Less than a year into this administration, it is clear that

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A High Point in Bipartisan Dealmaking

This episode of Whistlestop revisits Sept. 30, 1990, and the bipartisan deal that put President George H.W. Bush in the hot seat.

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Hurricane Maria Devastates Puerto Rico

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is republished here with permission via ClimateDesk.org.

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The Alt-Right‘s Favorite Social Network Has a Point About Google

On Thursday, the ‘free speech‘ social network Gab.ai filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging it had violated federal antitrust laws when it kicked the company‘s app out of the Google Play Store.

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It Wasn‘t Gridlock

On Tuesday evening, Sen. Lamar Alexander-chairman of the Senate HELP Committee-released a statement declaring that his bipartisan negotiations on a narrow Obamacare stabilization bill had failed.

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Can Your Smartphone Read Your Mind?

This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate.On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 9 a.m., Future Tense will hold an event in Washington on mental health and technology. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website.

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Blame the Minder, Not the Machine

In recent years, Facebook‘s news feed has been widely, and often justly, criticized for misinforming the public and distorting incentives in the journalism industry. Clickbait, fake news, political polarization and extremism: Facebook‘s news feed has helped to fuel all of these trends, to one degree or another. And when we blame Facebook‘s news feed for these sorts of things, we‘re often blaming the news feed algorithm-the

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Our Demagogue

On Tuesday, as world leaders addressed the United Nations General Assembly, diplomats were lectured by an authoritarian, a torture apologist, a pillage enthusiast, a race-baiter, and a sectarian demagogue. At the U.N., that‘s an ordinary day. But this time, the despot, the demagogue, and the war-crimes advocate had something unusual in common. This time, they were all the president of the United States.

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How Star Trek‘s Transporter Could Really Work

One of the best scenes from Star Trek involves a transporter malfunction in which Captain Kirk comes back as two copies of Captain Kirk: the good copy and the bad copy. It‘s a classic moment, and to be clear, it‘s completely impossible. But it begins to show how Star Trek was a forward-looking show even when it was also quite wrong. The short video essay above explains the physics of the transporter and how a version of it could come

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Help! My Fianc Wants to Wear a Kilt to Our Wedding.

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members.

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Behind Her Back

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 Democrats Should Love the GOP Health Care Plan

If Graham-Cassidy is signed into law, it just might represent the death knell of today‘s GOP. Needless to say, that is not the message we‘re hearing from the Republican senators who back the legislation, who insist it instead represents the last, best chance for the party to fulfill its promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. If you‘ve promised voters something for long enough, they will surely punish you for failing to follow

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