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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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The Infamous

In the pantheon of 1990s East Coast hip-hop, Mobb Deep never became quite the household name that Biggie, Jay-Z, Nas, or the Wu-Tang Clan did, but when it came to artistry and influence, the Queens duo stood shoulder-to-shoulder with all of them. Tuesday, one half of Mobb Deep, the rapper born Albert Johnson but known to the world as Prodigy, died in Las Vegas at the age of 42. (The precise cause of death is unknown at the time of this writing, b

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Foreign Policy by Tweet

President Trump‘s Tuesday tweet on North Korea typifies his cluelessness about international politics, in ways both subtler and more alarming than usual:

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Will the Senate Parliamentarian Halt the Republican AHCA?

To listen to Episode 4 of Trumpcare Tracker, use the player below:

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Malicious Tree Planting Is a Slow, Expensive Way to Exact Revenge

People seem particularly spiteful these days-perhaps that‘s why a riveting tale of tree-based revenge has taken the internet by a storm this week. An epic Reddit rant from an aging arborist from Redondo Beach, California, related a harrowing tale of municipal government gone awry:

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We Finally Know Exactly What Happened in Last Year‘s Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash

In May 2016, the inevitable happened: A Tesla driver was killed in a crash while his car was on Autopilot, the company‘s impressive yet controversial semiautonomous driving software.

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More Liberal Tears

I‘m not going to lie: I‘m not surprised by Tuesday night‘s result in Georgia‘s 6th Congressional District election, but I am gutted by it. Republican Karen Handel, author of a book about Planned Parenthood titled Planned Bullyhood, ran a repulsive campaign. Advertisements by her allies tied Democrat Jon Ossoff to black bloc anarchists, Muslim terrorists, Kathy Griffin, and the shooter of Rep. Steve Scalise. As Dave Weigel

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Clarence Thomas to the Rescue?

This week the conservative wing of the Supreme Court nearly completed a four-decade journey to close courthouse doors to plaintiffs seeking compensation from federal officials for violations of their constitutional rights. As Garrett Epps points out in the Atlantic, Monday‘s ruling in Ziglar v. Abbasi is an ominous one for an era in which the federal executive branch has shown little respect for the Constitution in matters of terrorism and

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Should the Patent and Trademark Office Be Allowed to Change Its Mind?

A patent on one-click checkout? On a method for exercising a cat? On a lawn bag that looks like a jack o‘lantern? On a scheme for hedging risk? Everyone (well, at least everyone in my world of intellectual property law) has a favorite example of a low-quality patent-patents that are too vague, too broad, or too obvious to deserve protection.

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You Snooze You Lose

Mitch McConnell is winning, yet again.

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Come for the Computers, Stay for the Books

Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, is all done with shushing. ‘When my library is quiet, that‘s a red flag,‘ said Chun. In fact, the busier it is, the better-whether it‘s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3-D printer, or a class learning media literacy, or a student seeking advice on a video she‘s editing at one of the computer wo

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The Culture Gabfest ‘Vicarious Nails‘ Edition

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 457 with Christina Cauterucci, Stephen Metcalf, and June Thomas with the audio player below.

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Title Bout

Did these actors get extra pay for actually saying the title of the movies in which they‘re appearing? Are there at least high-fives on set when this happens? There should be. Especially when the title is a phrase that‘s not so easy to sneak in. ‘Dude, where‘s my car?‘ is a gimmie, but kudos, Nic Cage, for ‘wild at heart.‘

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AVCX Themeless No. 16

Slate Plus members get access to the awesome American Values Club crossword, edited by Ben Tausig. This week‘s puzzle is rated 4.5/5 in difficulty.

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Dear Prudence: The ‘Dealbreaker‘ Edition

Comedian Myq Kaplan joins Prudence for a heated conversation about stoves. Then, on to your letters: Is meat a good enough reason to end a relationship? Should I fight for more money to close the gender wage gap even though I think I‘m fairly paid? My son won‘t let me talk to his wife without going through him. My wife lost all her ambition when we had children and refuses to hold down a job. I had to move back home with my abusive pa

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What Really Happens After Societal Collapse

The new apocalyptic horror film It Comes at Night dwells, like so many bits and pieces of pop culture lately, on what happens when a society disintegrates. ‘Preppers are crazy people and they‘re kooky,‘ writer-director Trey Edward Shults told Slate‘s Jeffrey Bloomer earlier this month, ‘but then once you start hearing that economic collapse is not insane, then you start thinking about what people do when things fall

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The Beguiled

From its opening image of morning sunlight filtering through trees draped in Spanish moss, Sofia Coppola‘s sixth feature film The Beguiled aggressively establishes a mood of ethereal Southernness. An on-screen title places the setting in rural Virginia, one year before the end of the Civil War. A stately, cream-white plantation mansion with massive Ionic columns-the same Louisiana location used for parts of the shoot of Beyonc‘s 2016

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Is Terrorism Coverage Racist?

Listen to Episode 768 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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No Time to Talk

This afternoon, as Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn was leaving the Republicans‘ health care working group meeting, I asked him if any aspect of the still under-wraps bill had been finalized.

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Who Is Jay Sekulow, and Why Is He Defending Donald Trump?

Jay Sekulow had one job. He didn‘t do it. In fact, he did the opposite. The newest member of Donald Trump‘s private legal team, Sekulow was supposed to explain that, counter to the Washington Post‘s reporting, the president is not under investigation,. Instead, he told Fox News‘ Chris Wallace that Trump is under investigation-twice-before denying he‘d said any such thing.

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The Angle: Aimless in Syria Edition

Muddling about: Even as the United States shot down a Syrian jet fighter on Sunday, Trump still doesn‘t seem to have a clue what is going on in that particular war. Fred Kaplan thinks the president is doing what he‘s done in Afghanistan: giving the military the keys to the car, then looking the other way.

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Trump Could Get Us Into a War by Accident

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump emphasized the importance of unpredictability and criticized President Obama for explaining his proposals in public rather than developing a ‘secret plan‘ to defeat the Islamic State. Some of Trump‘s early steps, among them placing a direct phone call to the Taiwanese president, putting Iran on notice, and striking at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in response to a chemical weapons attack

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