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Amy Coney Barrett Doesn’t Want to Say Whether a President Should Commit to a Peaceful Transfer of Power

Amy Coney Barrett Doesn’t Want to Say Whether a President Should Commit to a Peaceful Transfer of Power

On Tuesday, Judge Amy Coney Barrett successfully navigated most of the questions at her confirmation hearing with the typical dodges and refusals to answer about pending cases that have long been the standard for nominees before the Senate Judiciary Committee.The fact that she was nominated by an president who engages in patent abuses of power, though, made that dance a bit more complicated.Nowhere was this more evident than during Sen. Cory Booker’s questioning. Booker began easily enough by asking Barrett to condemn white supremacy, which she did. He quickly moved on to demonstrating just...

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Senate Republicans Defend Themselves Against Their Own Arguments from 2016

Senate Republicans Defend Themselves Against Their Own Arguments from 2016

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Since announcing that they would go ahead with the nomination within an hour of Ginsburg’s death, it’s been clear that Senate Republicans intend to ignore the precedent they set in 2016 when they refused to even grant a hearing to Judge Merrick Garland after his nomination by President Barack Obama to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. At the time of the Garland nomination, Republicans to hold the seat open as a decision to “let the...

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Oct 12
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Trump’s Rush Limbaugh Interview Was Perhaps His Most Deranged of the Week

Trump’s Rush Limbaugh Interview Was Perhaps His Most Deranged of the Week

President Donald Trump’s COVID-19-infected tour of right-wing media continued on Friday afternoon with an appearance on Rush Limbaugh. The conversation with the conservative radio host followed interviews with Fox hosts Maria Bartiromo and Sean Hannity on Thursday. On Friday night, Trump is scheduled to appear on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News and participate in a “medical evaluation” on live TV. (This is .)With the Limbaugh appearance, which lasted a full two hours, Trump had perhaps his most generous interlocutor since leaving the hospital on Monday. Indeed, Rush billed the episode not...

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Oct 9
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We Counted Every Single Time Trump Interrupted During the First Presidential Debate

We Counted Every Single Time Trump Interrupted During the First Presidential Debate

Tuesday night’s presidential debate was not the first one featuring Trump to feel more like a schoolyard taunting contest than an actual debate. But even so, it stood out for one key metric: the sheer number of interruptions.By my count, Trump interrupted former Vice President Joe Biden or debate moderator Chris Wallace at least 128 times. This number dwarfed the Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton during the first presidential debate in 2016. For his part, Biden interrupted dozens of times—at various points either trying to get a word in edgewise or correct flat lies by the president—but his...

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Sep 30
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Republican Senator Proposes Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Count Votes

Republican Senator Proposes Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Count Votes

Last week, President Donald Trump he was “counting on the federal court system to make it so” that whatever preliminary tally is complete on Election Day will be validated as the final vote count, meaning states would not have the opportunity to count the anticipated record-high numbers of mail-in ballots. This would functionally end American democracy. And it appears that other Republicans are going all in on the idea that we should just not count actual votes.On Thursday, Florida Sen. Rick Scott proposed a bill that would change election laws with less than six weeks to go until...

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Sep 24
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Trump Lied About COVID to Protect the Markets, Not Human Beings

Trump Lied About COVID to Protect the Markets, Not Human Beings

Slate is making its essential coronavirus coverage free for all readers. Subscribe to support our journalism.On Wednesday, Bob Woodward released audio excerpts of interviews with Donald Trump in which the president , even as he was declaring the opposite in public.Remarkably, mainstream media outlets largely focused their headlines on another related part of Woodward’s reporting, which is that several weeks later Trump acknowledged in private to Woodward that he was “playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” More remarkably still, would-be critics of the president are...

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Sep 10
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This Is Still Happening: Chad Wolf

This Is Still Happening: Chad Wolf

 is a feature in which Slate will attempt to offer an update on senior-level administration corruption, what could be done to bring the officials to account, and what Democrats are doing in response (generally, nothing). The 10th installment is about the acting secretary of homeland security, one of the authors of family separation and the current head of a secret federal police force deployed in Portland, Oregon.The Official: Chad Wolf, acting secretary of homeland security and under secretary of homeland security for strategy, policy, and plansWhat Is Still Happening: The Department of...

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Jul 21
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During COVID Briefing, Mike Pence Touts Constitutional Right to Hold Trump Rallies

During COVID Briefing, Mike Pence Touts Constitutional Right to Hold Trump Rallies

Slate is making its essential coronavirus coverage free for all readers. Subscribe to support our journalism.On Friday, the White House’s coronavirus task force held its first public briefing in nearly two months. The reason for the reappearance is the rapid rise in cases this week across the American South and Southwest, but the task force, which had gone quiet since the Trump administration began its efforts to encourage states to reopen the country, didn’t have much in the way of new guidance to report. Instead, it seemed like an opportunity for task force members Deborah Birx and...

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Jun 26
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What the George Floyd Protests Have Already Changed

What the George Floyd Protests Have Already Changed

After two weeks of largely peaceful protests in response to the murder of George Floyd, it is becoming clearer that the Black Lives Matter movement is upending the way many white Americans view policing in this country.On Monday, CNN released a showing that 84 percent of respondents—including 88 percent of white respondents—viewed the peaceful protests as justified.* In contrast, 67 percent of respondents overall and 67 percent of white respondents during a 2016 Black Lives Matter protest. Also on Monday, conservative-leaning polling outlet Rasmussen showing that “belief that blacks are...

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Jun 8
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Tara Reade Loses Her Attorney As New Reporting Dents Her Story About Joe Biden

Tara Reade Loses Her Attorney As New Reporting Dents Her Story About Joe Biden

On Friday, the New York Times reported that attorney Douglas Wigdor would Tara Reade, who has accused presumptive 2020 democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of sexual assault.Wigdor said in a statement that the decision is “by no means a reflection on whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade.” The move comes, however, following a series of investigative reports questioning Reade’s general credibility or weakening the previous corroboration of the alleged attack.Last year, Reade was one of seven woman who accused Biden of touching them in ways that made them feel...

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May 23
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Not Even the People Ranting About “Obamagate” Know What It Is

Not Even the People Ranting About “Obamagate” Know What It Is

On Monday, before when he was confronted through the work of three female reporters over a seemingly racist answer to a question about his response to COVID-19, President Donald Trump was questioned about some confusing tweets he had written over the weekend.The president was asked by Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker about tweets he had written in reference to “” and the “biggest political crime in American history.”“What is the crime exactly that you’re accusing him of?” Rucker asked as a follow-up when Trump wouldn’t answer a question about what crime former President Barack Obama...

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William Barr’s DOJ Is Now Covering Up Crimes for Trump in Broad Daylight

William Barr’s DOJ Is Now Covering Up Crimes for Trump in Broad Daylight

On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Timothy Shea, filed a to drop the charges against former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, who, in the course of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI but later withdrew that plea. The move came hours after the lead prosecutor, Brandon Van Grack, withdrew from the case, placing it in the hands of one of Attorney General William Barr’s former . President Donald Trump has pushed for years through his tweets, public statements, and personal interactions with top DOJ...

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Cuomo Is a Coronavirus Star, but Newsom Is Quietly Bending the Curve

Cuomo Is a Coronavirus Star, but Newsom Is Quietly Bending the Curve

Slate is making its coronavirus coverage free for all readers. Subscribe to support our journalism. .On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his daily coronavirus press briefing to chastise his younger brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo—who has now been diagnosed with a case of COVID-19—for having allowed their 88-year-old mother to visit his house. “My brother’s smart, he was acting out of love, luckily we caught it early enough,” Cuomo said. “But it’s my family, it’s your family, it’s all of our families. And this virus is that insidious, and we have to keep that in mind.”The...

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Governors Beg for Medical Supplies as Trump Refuses to Act

Governors Beg for Medical Supplies as Trump Refuses to Act

On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his daily coronavirus press conference and issued what has now become a standard entreaty: pleading for the federal government to help supply the states with necessary medical equipment by utilizing the to order businesses to start ramping up production of critical supplies.Democratic leaders and officials from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, to former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have all pleaded with the Trump administration to begin...

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Liberal Judge and Conservative Judge Outvote Trump Judge in Mueller Redaction Case

Liberal Judge and Conservative Judge Outvote Trump Judge in Mueller Redaction Case

On Tuesday, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a 2–1 decision upholding a lower-court ruling that ordered the Department of Justice turn over to Congress the parts of the Mueller report that have until now remained secret.Judge Thomas B. Griffith, a conservative George W. Bush appointee, sided with Judge Judith W. Rogers, a progressive Bill Clinton appointee, to say that the lower court could authorize disclosure of the grand jury materials to Congress in connection with an impeachment investigation, as it had ordered in October. Judge Neomi Rao—a Donald Trump...

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Trump’s Friday Night Massacre Was Only the Beginning

Trump’s Friday Night Massacre Was Only the Beginning

On Friday, President Donald Trump began a against officials who testified before Congress during the impeachment inquiry. The firing of two witnesses, National Security Council adviser Alex Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland—and Vindman’s brother Yevgeny, an NSC lawyer—was foreshadowed the day before, when Trump held what he described as an acquittal “celebration” in the East Room of the White House with his closest Republican supporters and issued a series of warning shots to the “very evil and sick” people he blamed for impeachment.Multiple Republican senators Trump used the powers of...

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Feb 11
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