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No One Becomes a Cop Because It‘s Safe

A student at Georgia Tech was shot dead by a police officer Saturday night after refusing to comply with orders. 21-year-old Scout Schultz, who identified as gender nonbinary and used they/them pronouns, was in the midst of what their family‘s lawyer says was a mental health crisis. A video of Schultz‘s final moments, filmed from a window shortly before midnight, shows police officers pointing their weapons and shouting ‘drop th

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Hang Up and Listen: The Ninja Doppelgnger Edition

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin:

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Was Booger Really a Nerd?

Listen to Episode 830 of Slate‘s The Gist:

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The Angle: Gaping Chasm Edition

Bad to worse: The new Republican health care proposal is ‘the most extreme yet,‘ according to Jordan Weissmann. Its passage would be a disaster: The bill ‘repeals Obamacare but doesn‘t replace it in any meaningful sense.‘

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Who Are You Calling Lawless?

The Trump administration‘s latest attempt to punish sanctuary cities hit a snag on Friday when a federal court ruled the Justice Department cannot withhold public safety grants from jurisdictions that refuse to assist federal immigration authorities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had attempted to prevent cities and states from receiving these funds unless they cooperated with immigration officials‘ crackdown on undocumented immigrant

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Do Not Follow the Romantic Advice of This Adorable Samsung Ad

Tech companies love a heartwarming message. Has it already been seven years since Google‘s ‘Parisian Love‘ Super Bowl ad told a romance-in-miniature through search engine queries? Just last Tuesday, Apple opened its annual product rollout with the Beatles‘ ‘All You Need Is Love.‘ (Well, love and 999.) And now we have a new Samsung commercial, which premiered last week and aired during Sunday night‘s Emmy

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Magaritaville or Bust?

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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The Supreme Court Didn‘t See E-Commerce Coming

The Supreme Court held 25 years ago that a state can collect sales tax only from a retailer that has a physical presence in the state. At the time, the justices did not anticipate that the explosive growth of e-commerce would lead to a dramatic rise in cross-state sales, and their decision has had a devastating effect on state finances in recent years. Fortunately, a new case will give the Supreme Court a chance to correct its quarter centuryold

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Trump‘s First U.N. Appearance Was a Clunker

President Trump got off to an underwhelming start at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday morning. He sat on a panel flanked by various diplomats, including Ambassador Nikki Haley, who introduced him before he delivered some brief remarks, and it would be charitable to describe the welcoming applause as ‘light.‘

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The ‘How Does a Batman Comic Book Penciler Work?‘ Transcript

This is a transcript of the Sept. 10 edition of Working. These transcripts are lightly edited and may contain errors. For the definitive record, consult the podcast.

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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Mallory Ortberg takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words).Submit your questions or responses to previous questions below:

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Should a Judge Rely on the Law or His Own Common Sense?

Slate is running a series of monthly dialogues between two of the nation‘s most esteemed jurists, Richard A. Posner and Jed S. Rakoff. These conversations will be moderated by Joel Cohen, author of the bookBlindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide. The subject of their previous conversation was whether judges should use their roles to push for social change. This month‘s conversation is about legal pragmatism and finding the ‘se

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The Secret History of America‘s Oldest Tofu Shop

Each week, Roads Kingdoms andSlate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit itsonline magazine or follow@roadskingdoms on Twitter.

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When Is That Breakthrough Technology Coming?

Tech forecasting is a perilous endeavor. No one wants to be a false prophet with a prediction so immediate that it can be easily proven incorrect in short order, but long-term predictions can be even harder. And yet even though people know predictions can be a waste of time, they still want to know: What‘s next? Wishy-washy tech timelines only makes prognostication more difficult, as entrepreneurs and researchers stumble around in the dense

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Traumatized Ghosts

There‘s a strange temporal disjunction at the heart of Jesmyn Ward‘s new novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. On the one hand, its mother-son duo of protagonists, Leonie and her 13-year-old son, Jojo, speak almost entirely in the present tense, to the extent that sometimes they don‘t seem to narrate the novel‘s events so much as get swept along an inescapable current, captives rather than narrators. On the other hand, the past suf

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The Race to Build a Computer Powerful Enough to Predict the Future

In June, for the first time in two decades, the United States did not operate one of the top three most powerful computers in the world. Instead, China took the highest two slots, and Switzerland came in third, according to the Top500 list, a global ranking of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet.

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‘I Am a Working-Class Guy‘

It‘s a hot July evening in downtown Manhattan, and Von, a dimly lit cocktail bar, is packed. Three executives from Uber drink gin and tonics at the bar. A volunteer checks people in after a day spent working at a New York publishing house. Downstairs, the basement is a sea of Brooklyn hipsters, national political operatives, and crusty old labor leftists. Also, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is here.

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The Birth of Grey Owl

Archibald Belaney was born on this day in 1888. You may use the comment thread on this page to remark upon the legacy of the man who became better known as Grey Owl, or to pursue other points of off-topic, freewheeling discourse.

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The Wealth Gap Between Whites and Blacks Is Widening

Most Americans believe active discrimination is a declining concern. They believe that despite the challenges our society currently faces, we are at least past the era of outright and explicit exclusion. The case for this belief rests on the fact that black Americans and other nonwhites have seen increased opportunities for professional advancement since the civil rights movement, as well as a growing prominence in American life. Our culture has

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