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How Misogyny Shapes the ‘No Excuses‘ Ideology of ‘Fit Moms‘

In December, Kayla Itsines, personal trainer and founder of the fitness system Bikini Body Guide, posted a glowing photo of herself with a tiny ‘baby bump‘ at 20 weeks‘ gestation. It‘s the latest in a recent explosion of pictures of extremely fit pregnant and recently postpartum women, brought to you mostly by Instagram. The recurrent presence of these small-bump images in my life is a testimony to the internet‘s pow

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It Took Trump‘s Representatives Fourteen Hours to Deny That He Told Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress

On Thursday night, BuzzFeed News published a major-league five-alarm bombshell report citing ‘two federal law enforcement officials‘ who say that Robert Mueller‘s special counsel investigation has compiled evidence, from multiple sources, that Donald Trump directed attorney Michael Cohen to lie to two congressional committees about a Moscow real-estate project.

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All the Crimes Donald Trump May Have Committed if He Instructed Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress About Russia

Life in the Trump era is a bit like living just downwind of the city dump. There are always unsavory odors, but every few days some particularly putrescent chunk of refuse blows into your yard. After a while, it becomes easy to wave off even the most pestilent and dangerous effluvia as just more of the same old routine debris.

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Here Come the Internet Blackouts

This article originally appeared in the New America Weekly.

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Pelosi Cancels Afghanistan Trip, Claiming Trump Administration Leaked Commercial Travel Plans

A statement from Nancy Pelosi‘s office revealed Friday that the speaker of the House had planned to defy Trump‘s retaliatory efforts to cancel her trip abroad by flying commercially to Afghanistan. But now, according to that statement, Pelosi has canceled her second attempt at taking a congressional delegation to visit the troops and blames the Trump Administration for leaking her travel plans.

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Steven Soderbergh‘s High Flying Bird Brings Attention to a Different Kind of Shutdown

While all eyes have been on the government shutdown in which a white billionaire is withholding pay from thousands of government workers because he‘s not getting his way, Netflix has dropped a trailer about a different kind of shutdown.

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Trump‘s Shutdown Is a Natural Extension of Past GOP Brinkmanship

We are in the midst of a historic government shutdown. While polls suggest that Trump and the GOP are taking the brunt of the blame for it, some Republicans and members of the media argue that ‘it takes two to tango.‘

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Neither Trump Nor Any of His Representatives Have Actually Denied Yet That He Told Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress

On Thursday night, BuzzFeed News published a major-league five-alarm bombshell report citing ‘two federal law enforcement officials‘ who say that Robert Mueller‘s special counsel investigation has compiled evidence, from multiple sources, that Donald Trump directed attorney Michael Cohen to lie to two congressional committees about a Moscow real-estate project.

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Far Worse Than Watergate

If the president of the United States directed his personal attorney and fixer to help sabotagethe Russia investigation by lying to Congress, there is no turning back for the nation. Given the independent corroborating evidencethat special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has to show that‘s what the president did, things are only going to get worse for the White House from here.

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In Brexit, Benedict Cumberbatch Is the Man Who Broke Europe

The week in which Britain descended into political chaos, with Parliament soundly rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May‘s Brexit deal one day and declaring confidence in her leadership the next, feels like a good time to ask how the hell did we get into this mess? Enter Benedict Cumberbatch, baring several inches of forehead, to explain how and why Britain went mad in Brexit, a U.K.-U.S. co-production that airs on HBO this weekend.

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How Do I Break Up With My Doctor?

Welcome to the newest addition to the Dear Prudence lineup: the Friday mini-column. At the end of the workweek, Prudie will answer two more questions from the mailbag. This week: elderly doctors and arguing parents.

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Music Trivia: Grammys and Gaga Edition

Listen to Hit Parade via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.

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This Clothing Steamer Is as Inexpensive as It Is Reliable

After testing 18 models over seven hours, we think theJoy Mangano My Little Steameris hands down the best of the clothes steamers we trialed. Inexpensive, easy to fill with water, quick to produce steam, reliable as sunrise-author Camille Perri has used one for the better part of a decade-and requiring nothing more than a hanger to use, it‘s far handier than the ol‘ iron-plus-ironing-board regime.

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Potty Training Is Driving Us Crazy

Care and Feeding is Slate‘s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email careandfeeding@slate.com or post it in theSlate Parenting Facebook group.

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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 Jan. 14

In a Jan. 16 Slatest, Molly Olmsteadwrongly associated a donation to the Smithsonian Institution with the Sackler family members involved in Purdue Pharma‘s sale of OxyContin. Arthur M. Sackler contributed to the Smithsonian for the creation of a museum of Asian art but was not involved in Purdue Pharma‘s sale of opioids. He died in 1987.

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Return of the Impeach-O-Meter: Wow, So This Really Might Happen After All

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (andconvicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

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Multiple Sources Have Reportedly Told Mueller That Trump Personally Directed Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress About Moscow Tower Project

President Trump personally directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the extent of his negotiations to build Trump Tower Moscow, BuzzFeed News reported Thursday, a revelation that could put Trump in serious legal jeopardy for obstruction of justice. BuzzFeed spoke totwo federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the Mueller investigation that said Cohen told the special counsel that, after the election, Trump instructed Cohen to li

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The Bonkers Twist Ending of Glass, Explained

In Glass, M. Night Shyamalan‘s bonkers hybrid sequel to Unbreakable and Split, everyone‘s favorite vigilante superhero (Bruce Willis) and lunatic with 23 personalities (James McAvoy) face off in a battle for the people of Philadelphia and for notching Shyamalan‘s most absurd rug-pulling twist ending of all time. Does he pull it off? Does Samuel L. Jackson kill everyone again? What is Sarah Paulson doing here? Answers to all your

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It Might Be Aliens. But We Have No Idea What to Do About It.

Abraham Loeb, chair of Harvard‘s department of astronomy, recently gave a freewheeling interview to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in which he defended his hypothesis that a piece of alien technology recently passed through our solar system. ‘If it turns out to be correct, it‘s one of the greatest discoveries in human history,‘ he said in the interview, which was published on Monday. Loeb made largely the same argument in a

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Wall Street Law Firm Skadden Arps Admits to Lying to DOJ About Work for Manafort and Kremlin-Aligned Ukrainian President

The Wall Street law firm Skadden Arps, one of the largest firms in the world with 1,700 attorneys, admitted to misleading the Justice Department in 2012 about the nature of the work it did for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the Kremlin-aligned Ukrainian government, as part of a settlement with the DOJ announced Thursday.The global firm, with reported annual revenue above 2.5 billion, will pay 4.6 million to the government and wi

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Know Your Memes, or Be Fooled by Them

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The Fake Washington Post Wasn‘t Fake News

On Wednesday morning, a fake Washington Post ran a fake front page with a fake news story titled ‘Unpresidented: Ending Crisis, Trump Hastily Departs White House.‘ The fake Washington Post was printed on real paper and has a real fakeWashington Post website, My-washingtonpost.com, with the same fake headline as the fake paper. The fake story was dated May 1, 2019, a date that hasn‘t happened yet-also International Workers‘

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Wild and Precious Life

There was a time when I would copy out poems on fancy paper and send them back and forth to my friends in the mail, or put them up on the walls of my dorm room with gobs of Blu-Tack. I liked the poets that gave me that oceanic feeling-joyful poets, easy to meet halfway: Walt Whitman, Rumi, and lots and lots of Mary Oliver, who died Thursday at the age of 83. I liked: ‘In the glare of your mind, be modest./ And beholden to what is tactile, a

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