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The Essence of a Sport That‘s Not Just a Sport

On Friday in Pyeongchang, 15-year-old Russian Alina Zagitova edged out her fellow Russian and training partner, 18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva, for figure skating gold as seemed all but inevitable after the short program two days prior. Both Zagitova and Medeveda had clean, powerful free skates in which they did not commit the cardinal sin of tumbling to the ice. Zagitova had a higher technical score, but Medvedeva, acting up a storm as Anna Karen

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New Mueller Document Indicates Rick Gates to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy, Lying to Investigators

Update, 12:55 p.m.: The Washington Post is reporting that Rick Gates will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of making a false statement to investigators on Friday.

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Some Democratic Establishment Wonks Put Out a Medicare-for-All Plan. And It‘s Pretty Good!

At this point, it‘s fairly clear that any Democrat who wants to run for president in 2020 with support from the party‘s progressive base will have to campaign on some sort of plan that they can plausibly call Medicare-for-All.

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Stephen Colbert with Just a Few of the Many, Many Reasons Why Giving Teachers Guns Is a Bad Idea

You know what Donald Trump is like when he gets a policy bee in his bonnet: He will continue to argue for it with increasingly twisted logic, and the more liberals (and law enforcement, and teachers, and children) try to rationally dispel it, the more firmly he will cling. ‘Arming the teachers,‘ Trump‘s new favorite idea for preventing school shootings, is one such nonsensical proposal. It‘s likely nothing can convince Tru

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NRA Leader Warns That Democrats Want to Build a Socialist Cloud Database of Parents‘ Spanking Habits

On Wednesday night, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch appeared at a town hall event with Parkland, Florida shooting survivors and delivered impassioned remarks about her group‘s commitment to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Those remarks were disingenuous at best given the NRA‘s opposition to the bill that created the system and to nearly every attempt to expand it, but in any case it was an effort before a nat

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Report: Rick Gates Tells Friends and Family He Will Plead Guilty in Mueller Probe

Rick Gates wrote a letter to friends and family telling them that he would plead guilty on Friday in Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation, ABC News is reporting.

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How Assad Keeps Getting Away With Massacres in Full View of the World

Bashar al-Assad‘s regime is carrying out yet another massacre in full view of the world. The bombardment of eastern Ghouta, an agricultural area of 400,000 people that is one of the last pockets of rebel-held territory near the Syrian capital, has killed at least 426 people including 98 children since Sunday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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The Olympics Staycation

These Olympics are wearing Eric Billings out. The resident of St. John, New Brunswick, isn‘t an athlete. He isn‘t a coach. He isn‘t even at the games. But for the past two weeks, watching sports on TV has been his full-time job. ‘You‘re exhausted,‘ Billings told me. ‘When you get up, you‘re watching. When you go to bed, you‘re watching.‘

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The World Only Spins Forward

Listen to Episode No. 188 of Live at Politics and Prose:

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This Is Exactly How Many Minutes You Have to Wait to Hear That Cool, Weird Sound in Annihilation

Alex Garland‘s Annihilation has some spectacular visual effects, strong performances from Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez, and a trippy ending that, for better or worse, doesn‘t answer every question that the movie asks. And yet there was only one question I cared about while watching, and it was: When are we gonna get to hear that weird noise from the trailer?!

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Manafort Left an Incriminating Paper Trail Because He Couldn‘t Figure Out How to Convert PDFs to Word Files

There are two types of people in this world: those who know how to convert PDFs into Word documents and those who are indicted money laundering. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is the second kind of person.

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Always Be a Sort-of-Early Adopter

If you were looking to buy a pair of AirPods, you may be better off waiting a few more months. Bloomberg reported Thursday that Apple is working on a second version of its popular AirPod in-ear headphones. The updated product will include an upgraded wireless chip for faster and more powerful on-board processing; a greater level of water resistance, in case you get caught in a downpour; and the addition of Hey Siri, the entirely voice-based versi

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UnReal Gets Back in the Saddle

Lifetime‘s UnReal premiered in the summer of 2015, the evisceration of The Bachelor we didn‘t know we needed. Set behind the scenes of a long-running reality show called Everlasting, UnReal was a pitch-black, deeply cynical series packaged inside the fizzy, poppy, voyeuristic wrapping of reality TV, a format in which pain is manufactured for ratings. The show‘s protagonist, Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby), was an empathic antihe

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Netizen Report: Spanish Man Faces Prison for Misogynistic Tweets

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world. It originally appears each week on Global Voices Advocacy. Afef Abrougui, Ellery Roberts Biddle, Marianne Diaz, L. Finch, Rohith Jyothish, Rezwan Islam, Inji Pennu, Karolle Rabarison, Elizabeth Rivera, Juke Carolina Rumuat, and Sarah Myers West contributed to this report.

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Watching Netflix‘s Mute Is Like Counting Electric Sheep

Netflix is the place where dreams come true. Or, in the case of Duncan Jones‘ Mute, where they go to die. Jones has been working on the film, a noir-inflected science-fiction thriller set in a dystopian future Berlin, since even before he made his feature debut with 2009‘s Moon-and talking it up ever since. But it seemed destined to be one of those projects that was forever just around the corner, always the movie Jones was making aft

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The Online Comment Period Is a Fraudulent Cesspool

The net neutrality debate was heated, but the temperature was raised artificially. A recent Wall Street Journal investigation found thousands of fraudulent online comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules. Comments came from deceased people, fake emails, and nonexistent physical addresses. Perhaps most concerning, automated systems submitted comments in the names of people

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Black Panther Is the Most Feminist Superhero Movie Yet

Spoilers ahead.

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Real-Life Protests Inspired by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Are Officially a Trend

Whatever your opinions on the polarizing Best Picture-nominee Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the protest at the center of the film is undoubtedly shocking and memorable: Frances McDormand‘s character rents out three billboards in order to call out the town‘s police chief for failing to arrest anyone for the rape and murder of her daughter. ‘Raped while dying‘; ‘And still no arrests?‘; ‘How com

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I Have to Ask: The Chuck Klosterman Edition

Chuck Klosterman is a writer and essayist. In a wide-ranging conversation with Isaac Chotiner, he discusses the costs of politicizing pop culture, the roots of Donald Trump‘s shamelessness, and why music is such a subjective art form.

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The Best Touchscreen Gloves

While great at keeping your hands toasty, regular gloves are a major pain when it comes to doing practically anything else. They‘re bulky, often poorly made, and usually have to come off whenever you want to actually use your phone. Touchscreen gloves are infinitely superior, but somehow still play second fiddle to their generic counterparts in most glove roundups. So, in the interest of helping you stay both connected and warm, we‘ve

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They Call the Little One Bitey

Care and Feeding is Slate‘s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Emailcareandfeeding@gmail.com.

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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 Feb. 19

In a Feb. 22 Politics, Christina Cauterucci misstated when the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting happened. It was in the summer of 2016, not 2017.

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Forget Tara and Johnny. Dick Button Is the Best Figure Skating Analyst in the Game.

Dick Button is an 88-year-old two-time Olympic figure skating gold medalist who spent decades providing commentary for figure skating broadcasts on television. He is also an avid Twitter user, firing off skating-related missives under the handle @PushDicksButton. Button‘s tweets, which have been one of my chief delights of these Winter Games, clearly come from the man himself. They are irascible and blunt and insightful and occasionally biz

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