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The Bizarre Story of the Montana Governor Shooting a Wolf From Yellowstone

The Bizarre Story of the Montana Governor Shooting a Wolf From Yellowstone

AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Tuesday, Nate Hegyi, a reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau, that Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte had trapped and killed a radio-collared wolf from Yellowstone National Park. Because the wolf had wandered out of the park, Gianforte was legally allowed to kill it, but the governor was cited for violating state hunting regulations for failing to take a required wolf-trapping education course. The raised questions about Gianforte’s honesty and about whether the governor violated more serious hunting regulations.AdvertisementSlate spoke to Hegyi, who lives in...

Mar 28
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What Six Trump Voters Learned From the Past Four Years

What Six Trump Voters Learned From the Past Four Years

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThis is part of , a series of reflections on the meaning and legacy of the Trump years.The Trump years changed, in ways large and small, practically everyone—including those who voted for him. Many Trump supporters found themselves questioning their fundamental assumptions about politics, their party, and the American people. Some felt a political awakening so thrilling, they embraced Trump’s exhilaratingly loud version of their party, while others felt themselves edged out. Some were filled with a deepening sense of betrayal at a system they saw as...

Jan 25
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What New Details Tell Us About the Capitol Rioters’ Plans

What New Details Tell Us About the Capitol Rioters’ Plans

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementWho were the rioters attacking the Capitol last Wednesday? In the immediate aftermath, images highlighted deluded Trump fans snapping gleeful selfies and expressing their disdain for the system by vandalizing and defacing the building. But there were also rioters , seen in bulletproof vests and, chillingly, armed with zip ties to take hostages, shouting things like, “Hang Mike Pence.” Images of them were not immediately available and the full scope of the danger wasn’t apparent: For some watching the footage at home, it was hard to say if this was a...

Jan 12
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Georgia Officials Complain About “Unpatriotic” Attack on Election Integrity

Georgia Officials Complain About “Unpatriotic” Attack on Election Integrity

Several Georgia officials speaking on Sunday news programs rejected the president’s attacks on the integrity of the election there and dismissed his calls for a special session of the state legislature to overturn the results.Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Republican who campaigned for Trump, said on CNN that Trump had clearly lost the state and that it was “concerning” that Trump was encouraging the spread of misinformation about the electoral process. “The mountains of misinformation are not helping the process,” he said. “They are only hurting it.” He also said that he was confident that Gov....

December 6, 2020
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Could a Democrat Really Win the Senate Seat in Kansas?

Could a Democrat Really Win the Senate Seat in Kansas?

In 2016, Kansans voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump, and Republican Sen. Jerry Moran handily held onto his seat with more than 60 percent of the vote. This year, though, a Democrat named Barbara Bollier—the first of the who in 2018 walked away from the GOP, citing the growth in right-wing extremism—appears to stand a real chance at nabbing the seat vacated by Sen. Pat Roberts. If she does, she would be the first Democrat to win a since 1932.Bollier, a retired anesthesiologist who switched parties after 43 years as a Republican, faces off against a more conventionally Trump-era...

October 16, 2020
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It Took Savannah Guthrie 19 Minutes to Give Trump His Toughest Grilling in Years

It Took Savannah Guthrie 19 Minutes to Give Trump His Toughest Grilling in Years

Rather than face former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, President Donald Trump took questions from voters on NBC. Before the Miami crowd got its turn, however, host Savannah Guthrie interviewed Trump directly, appearing to respond to criticism of the network’s decision to hand Trump air time by giving the president one of the most intense grillings of his four years in office.Guthrie pressed the president on details related to his own experience with COVID-19, his when asked to condemn white supremacy, and the QAnon conspiracy theory, which Trump declined to condemn but did say, “I do...

October 16, 2020
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The Seven Right-Wing Attacks Against Kamala Harris

The Seven Right-Wing Attacks Against Kamala Harris

Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate was met with positive headlines in much of the mainstream media. While progressives were disappointed that Biden skipped over women like Elizabeth Warren and Stacey Abrams in favor of a more centrist candidate, most acknowledged the historical significance of a Black woman on a major party’s ticket. The announcement also revived questions and concerns that dogged Harris’ own presidential campaign—in particular about her work as the of San Francisco and as California’s . But the right-wing media ecosystem was predictably more...

August 14, 2020
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Here Are the Wildest Allegations From John Bolton’s New Book

Here Are the Wildest Allegations From John Bolton’s New Book

Details from former national security adviser John Bolton’s new book, , came pouring out Wednesday afternoon in a series of news reports describing allegations of incompetence and misconduct by President Donald Trump.The White House Bolton on Tuesday to try to delay publication of the book, which is due out next week. The government has said Bolton, who resigned last fall, didn’t follow a review process for the memoir that he’d agreed to when he took his role in 2018. (Bolton’s lawyer and publisher dispute the claim.)The most eye-catching details to emerge have to do with Trump’s...

June 17, 2020
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Portland Mayor Orders Investigation of Friendly Texts Between Police and Far-Right Demonstrators

Portland Mayor Orders Investigation of Friendly Texts Between Police and Far-Right Demonstrators

Follow UsThe mayor of Portland, Oregon, the city’s police chief to investigate “disturbing” text messages sent between a police lieutenant and the leader of a far-right group that organized rallies attended by violent extremists.The texts, Thursday by the Willamette Week, show that Portland’s commander for the police rapid response team, Jeff Niiya, was in communication with Joey Gibson, leader of a group called Patriot Prayer, as Gibson organized far-right demonstrations in 2017 and 2018. Their texts were described as “friendly” and sometimes joking.In one exchange from December 2017,...

February 16, 2019
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Jeff Sessions Reportedly Complained That He Missed When the FBI “Only Hired Irishmen”

Jeff Sessions Reportedly Complained That He Missed When the FBI “Only Hired Irishmen”

Follow UsFormer FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s new book, which details his frustrations with President’s Trump administration, has made it clear that his “disdain for Trump is rivaled only by his contempt for [Jeff] Sessions,” according to an from Washington Post reporter Greg Miller.According to Miller’s review of the book, McCabe saw then–Attorney General Sessions as a Trump-like idiot and racist who had “trouble focusing, particularly when topics of conversation strayed from a small number of issues,” failed to read intelligence reports, and jumbled classified material with publicly...

February 16, 2019
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