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Senators Crafted a Bipartisan Deal to Stabilize Obamacare

On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray announced-separately-that they had reached a narrow short-term deal to stabilize individual health insurance markets through 2019. The deal, which Alexander and Murray have been negotiating since the end of the summer, would fund the health care subsidies that President Trump abruptly cut off last week.

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Who‘s to Blame for America‘s Sexual Harassment Nightmare?

Workplace sexual harassment has been illegal in the United States for 53 years. It still happens every day. High-profile examples abound: President Donald Trump-who has boasted of committing sexual assault-is being sued for sexually harassing a contestant on The Apprentice, one of 15 alleged victims of Trump‘s sexual misconduct. Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by dozens of women. Both Roger

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Should Political Ads on Facebook Include Disclaimers?

When you see an ad on Facebook in the run-up to an election intended to sway your vote, there‘s a strong chance you have no idea who paid to put it there. Now, the Federal Election Commission is taking baby steps to change that by exploring how the government could strengthen regulations around political advertisements that saturate the internet before a major election.

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The Angle: Host With the Most Edition

The right cruelty: Jimmy Kimmel isn‘t always nice. But his blend of caustic critique and emotional overflow makes him the perfect late-night host for 2017, Willa Paskin writes. (And Fox News is running scared. Recently, Justin Peters watched them make an entire day of content out of one stray Kimmel remark.)

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The Worst Defense

Buried among the many other slings and arrows of last week‘s news from the White House was the following remark by President Trump to Sean Hannity on Wednesday: ‘We have missiles that can knock out a missile in the air 97 percent of the time, and if you can send two of them, it‘s going to get knocked down.‘

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Who Is to Blame for the Rise of the Far Right?

The rise of right-wing demagogues around the world has been the result of any number of hotly-debated causes, but no one seems to dispute that immigration is one of them. The center-right‘s recent victory in Austria, in which it adopted the far-right‘s rhetoric and substance on immigration, is a case in point. In his new book, Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy, Sasha Pol

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Questionable Calls

President Donald Trump has a talent for giving offense. Whether through mangled syntax or malicious statements, the president often finds a way to insult. So it is with Trump‘s latest comments about his phone calls (or lack thereof) to the grieving families of four U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month.

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Hollywood‘s Struggles With Harassment Are Nothing New

Hollywood is under a spotlight even more than usual these days, after the New York Times and the New Yorker both published major stories detailing numerous on-the-record allegations of sexual assault and harassment by film producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Whence Baby Mama?

Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 120:

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Politicians Are Addicted to Big Data Like It‘s Campaign Cash

‘Without Facebook, Trump wouldn‘t have won,‘ Theresa Hong, one of the main brains behind the Trump campaign‘s digital efforts, told the BBC earlier this year. She‘s right.

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Google Maps Ditches Its Half-Baked Cupcake Counter

Google is amazing at imagining and creating technology that will improve our lives. For instance: Until recently, I didn‘t realize the one thing missing from using my smartphone to get directions was knowing how many mini-cupcakes I would burn off in the process of following them. Luckily, Google Maps introduced a handy feature to correct that mistake.

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The Genius of Sam Raimi

This video explains the giddy rush you feel when director Sam Raimi whips up his unique blend of horror and comedy. According to video essayist Patrick Willems, his genius lies in throwing us off balance as we‘re yanked between two genres that affect us on a primal level.

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Promises, Promises

When it comes to the promises they make, most elected officials hew close to their words. Given the scale and intensity of dishonesty in our politics, that seems counterintuitive. But it‘s true. We couldn‘t do democracy otherwise. How would one evaluate a leader whose rhetoric is untethered from his governance? How could one make an informed choice if what a politician says bears no relationship to what he‘ll actually do? That k

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Attack of the Hack Back

If there were a prize for the worst cybersecurity policy idea that just won‘t die, it would have to go to ‘hacking back,‘ or making it legal for people to attack the computers that are attacking them. This idea has been around for years, which means that for years, people have been warning that this is a very bad idea-it‘s not the first time I‘ve written about this topic myself. But it‘s a strangely persistent

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The Curse of the Halfway Technology

Twenty years ago last spring, on a long Amtrak ride from Boston, I taught myself HTML and wrote my own website. It wasn‘t so hard, actually, for someone like me, whose first professional word processing program was WordPerfect, in which you highlighted words as bold, for example, by typing ‘B‘ before the word and ‘B‘ after the word. So yeah, I had a website that I had coded with bold and italics and even a photograph

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Trump Is Not the Failure He Appears to Be

The Trump administration is ‘substantially ahead of schedule‘ in implementing its agenda, Donald Trump claimed a few days ago. As with all of Trump‘s bombastic claims, it is worth treating this bit of braggadocio with a healthy dose of skepticism. Compared with the outsize promises he made on the campaign trail, his administration has achieved remarkably little. Obamacare has not been repealed, and taxes have not been slashed. I

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More Than a Hashtag

Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up below to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie‘s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com

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Sarah Kliff on the Big Questions

Listen to Episode 849 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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‘I Don‘t Think I Was Brave. I Was Angry.‘

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein‘s ouster from the celebrated film studio that bears his name, which came only days after the New York Times first reported his allegedly decades-old pattern of harassment and assault, it‘s tempting to believe that we‘re entering a new era of intolerance for sexual abuse perpetrated by powerful men. But it may be too early to pronounce a shift. As Rebecca Traister pointed out at New York magazine,

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Teens Love the App TBH, so Facebook Is Buying TBH

You know what they say: If you can‘t bring the teens to Facebook, just buy the app where they‘re all hanging out. Or something like that. On Monday, hit app TBH announced that Facebook is acquiring it.

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For Women, #MeToo Is Frustratingly Familiar

Last week was a ‘particularly rough week to be a woman,‘ as Slate writer Katy Waldman wrote in response to the mounting allegations of sexual assault against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the creation of the ‘Shitty Media Men‘ spreadsheet, and the one-year anniversary of the release of now-President Donald Trump‘s infamous ‘grab em by the pussy‘ tape.

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What Would Che Say?

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Che Guevara, the Argentinian guerilla who helped lead the Cuban revolution, fought in insurgent struggles from Latin America to Africa, and eventually met his end in Bolivia. Guevara‘s reputation rests on his status as an iconic Cold War combatant and quixotic espouser of revolutionary ideals. That those ideals were often not matched by reality is part of what makes him both despised an

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Memory Machine

It‘s hard to think of a more uncanny notification from your smartphone than ‘You have a new memory.‘ Are phones reading minds now? But that‘s a regular occurrence on iPhones these days thanks to Memories, which Apple‘s phones now create by mining your photos and videos, setting them to inoffensive music, and offering an edited, movie-montage version of your smartphone-snapped life. And to add a predictably Black Mirr

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The Angle: Peppy Brew Edition

Signing on: Justin Peters is going to watch Fox News and blog about it for Slate. He started his series by immersing himself in a certain early rising president‘s favorite morning show, Fox Friends:a potent blend of bad faith, cheerful banality, and ‘pettiness of spirit‘ all delivered before most people commute.

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