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Slate is an online magazine that covers current affairs, politics, and culture in the United States. It is known, and sometimes criticized, for adopting contrarian views, giving rise to the term "Slate Pitches”. It has a generally liberal editorial stance. It was created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. In 2004, it was purchased by The Washington Post Company (later renamed the Graham Holdings Company), and since 2008 has been managed by The Slate Group, an online publishing entity created by Graham Holdings.Source
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Jeff Sessions’ Political Career Is Over

Jeff Sessions’ Political Career Is Over

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate for 22 years, will not be returning to his old seat. He lost a runoff for the Republican Senate nomination on Tuesday night to former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville in a Tuberville will go on to face Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November. Sessions will go nowhere. His political career is over because President Trump will be forever mad at him for recusing himself from, and not covering up, the Russia investigation in 2017.Sessions’ return bid was painful to watch from the After Trump humiliated...

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Republican Spokesman, for Some Reason, Mocks Photo of Biden Holding Young Son

Republican Spokesman, for Some Reason, Mocks Photo of Biden Holding Young Son

The tweet above was posted by a Republican “rapid response” spokesman named Steve Guest on Monday, apparently as a “rapid response” to the Washington NFL team’s that it will no longer use the “Redskins” nickname or logo. Joe Biden’s Facebook page had previously posted the photo attached to the tweet on .Like much MAGA political messaging, the exact meaning of Guest’s post is hard to parse even though its intended effect (insulting Biden) is not. The idea could be, perhaps, that Biden is a hypocrite for supporting the Washington NFL team despite being a member of the Democratic Party, which...

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Mary Trump’s Book Shows How Donald Trump Gets Away With It

Mary Trump’s Book Shows How Donald Trump Gets Away With It

, Mary Trump’s devastating indictment of how the Trump family created, as her subtitle characterizes him, “the world’s most dangerous man,” hits bookstores this week. Its publication coincides with—as she predicted—, a , and a . By now the : Donald Trump ogled his own niece in a bathing suit and sought to fill one of his books with hit lists of “ugly” women who had rebuffed him; Donald Trump paid someone to take his SATs; Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal appeals court judge, once described her brother as a “clown” with no principles; Donald Trump was a vicious bully even as a child;...

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An Interview With NBA Player Troy Daniels About Life in the Bubble

An Interview With NBA Player Troy Daniels About Life in the Bubble

Slate’s sports podcast on shortened college football seasons and Bruce Maxwell. Plus, an interview with Troy Daniels about the NBA bubble.Slate Plus members get extended, ad-free versions of our podcasts—and much more.• Exclusive episodes of Slow Burn, Hang Up and Listen, and Trumpcast.• Members-only series like Dana Stevens’ Flashback and Chris Molanphy’s Hit Parade.• No ads on Slate’s iOS app.Sign up today and try it free for two weeks.Already a member?Choose your preferred player:Copy your ad-free feed link below to load into your player:copy linkcopied!For questions about subscriptions...

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Trump Insists Obama Played More Golf as President. The Numbers Say Otherwise.

Trump Insists Obama Played More Golf as President. The Numbers Say Otherwise.

President Donald Trump is apparently none too happy that people are criticizing him for playing golf as a pandemic is raging in the United States. The commander in chief took to Twitter Sunday to defend his frequent trips to the golf course saying that it is the only exercise he gets and that his predecessor “.” And that was “no problem” but when he decides to play, “” go to great lengths to get a picture and show people how the president is playing golf. “Actually, I play VERY fast, get a lot of work done on the golf course, and also get a ‘tiny’ bit of exercise,” Trump wrote.That Trump...

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How Georgia’s Stone Mountain Became a Monument to White Supremacy

How Georgia’s Stone Mountain Became a Monument to White Supremacy

The mother of all Confederate monuments looms in Georgia. It’s etched on the side of a -year-old monadnock: Stone Mountain, seven miles around at the base and covering 1,000 acres. The —Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis on horseback—is on the north face, comprising 3 acres in area. It’s 400 feet above the ground; it’s the largest bas-relief carving in the world—blah, blah, blah, this thing is big.The armed, mostly Black protesters who peacefully marched in Stone Mountain Park demanding the removal of the carving on the Fourth of July , but the idea that the carving, big...

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Walt Disney World’s Re-Opening Video Didn’t Go Over So Well

Walt Disney World’s Re-Opening Video Didn’t Go Over So Well

On Saturday, the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the first time since . To mark the occasion, the official “Disney Parks Jobs” Twitter account posted a short video promoting the park’s re-opening. In the video, shots of various park attractions—, the , at , and so on—are intercut with shots of Disney park employees welcoming guests back to the parks. Those employees, including hotel housekeeping staff, cooks, concierges, and costumed cast members, all wear surgical masks and say “Welcome home!” directly into the camera, except for the...

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White House Moves to Discredit Fauci as Disagreements With Trump Become Evident

White House Moves to Discredit Fauci as Disagreements With Trump Become Evident

For months, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the face of the White House response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the government’s top infectious disease specialist is being sidelined, and the administration appears to be actively trying to discredit the career civil servant with more than 50 years in government service under his belt. Both the and received a list from an unnamed administration official that pointed out comments that Fauci had made earlier about the coronavirus outbreak that were later proven to be wrong. “Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times...

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Trump Reportedly Suggested Selling Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Trump Reportedly Suggested Selling Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Elaine Duke, who was acting secretary of Homeland Security for a little over four months in 2017 has become the latest White House official to speak up against her former boss. In an , Duke says a lot of things we’ve come to expect from those who have gotten a front-seat view of how President Donald Trump’s White House operates. But one little detail jumps out and manages to show that there is still a margin to be shocked by the president. Apparently, Trump suggested that maybe the United States could consider selling Puerto Rico. That happened shortly after Hurricane Maria devastated the...

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Trump Reportedly Suggested Selling Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Trump Reportedly Suggested Selling Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

Elaine Duke, who was acting secretary of Homeland Security for a little over four months in 2017 has become the latest White House official to speak up against her former boss. In an , Duke says a lot of things we’ve come to expect from those who have gotten a front-seat view of how President Donald Trump’s White House operates. But one little detail jumps out and manages to show that there is still a margin to be shocked by the president. Apparently, Trump suggested that maybe the United States could consider selling Puerto Rico. That happened shortly after Hurricane Maria devastated the...

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The Case for Elizabeth Warren for Vice President

The Case for Elizabeth Warren for Vice President

This is an installment of , Slate’s series on who Joe Biden should pick as his running mate.Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign vision for America covered all the bases.Where most of the Democratic presidential field supported racial justice and progressive ideals in general terms, palatable to a mainstream audience, Warren offered a platform specifically and explicitly designed to aid Black Americans in overcoming the consequences of racism. Alleviating inequality, particularly as experienced by Black people, was at the root of Warren’s policy proposals, in a way few of her well-meaning...

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Voice of America’s International Journalists Won’t Have U.S. Visas Renewed

Voice of America’s International Journalists Won’t Have U.S. Visas Renewed

Foreign journalists at Voice of America, the government-funded international broadcaster, will not have their visas renewed when they expire, according to . The decision from Michael Pack, the new CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees VOA, affects the jobs of about 100 noncitizen journalists, who could face repercussions if forced to return to their home countries. Pack also dismissed Bay Fang, the former Radio Free Asia chief whom Pack had demoted in .VOA airs in more than  including Mandarin, Russian, Persian, and Turkish, and the knowledge and language skills of its...

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I Walked All 1,114 Blocks of My ZIP Code Just to Catalog How People Style Their House Numbers

I Walked All 1,114 Blocks of My ZIP Code Just to Catalog How People Style Their House Numbers

Think of your address numbers as your house’s earrings. Your house projects a certain aesthetic to your neighbors, intentionally or unintentionally, a set of visual cues that can be read along lines of class, taste, aspiration, and style. The numbers on your house do more than identify your address for the postman; deployed properly, like the perfect pair of earrings, house numbers accentuate a harmonious visual message in concert with the design around them. Sometimes that message is one of individuality: My house, the numerals say, reflects my own personality, and is unlike any other...

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The Supreme Court Just Gave Religious Employers a License to Discriminate Against Workers

The Supreme Court Just Gave Religious Employers a License to Discriminate Against Workers

The Supreme Court stripped civil rights protections from hundreds of thousands of American workers on Wednesday in a that exempts countless religious employers from nondiscrimination statutes. Justice Samuel Alito’s 7–2 majority opinion carved a huge loophole in the employment laws in all 50 states and the federal government, allowing religious employers to discriminate against any worker they deem “ministerial.”Wednesday’s ruling in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru involves a doctrine called the . This principle, which courts derived from the First Amendment, bars the...

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Trump Begins Process of Official Withdrawal From World Health Organization

Trump Begins Process of Official Withdrawal From World Health Organization

The Trump administration began this week the process of official withdrawal from the World Health Organization, notifying both the United Nations Secretary General and the U.S. Congress of its intention to pull out of the global health organization in the middle of a global health crisis. The White House does not have the authority to leave the WHO immediately and must give one year’s notice and settle any outstanding debts. The U.S. currently owes  in unpaid membership dues, to NPR. A spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres confirmed the receipt of the letter of withdrawal...

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Trump Is Foolish to Pick a Fight Over the Confederate Flag

Trump Is Foolish to Pick a Fight Over the Confederate Flag

On Friday, reading from a teleprompter at Mount Rushmore, President Donald Trump saluted the four presidents carved on the mountain: . On Saturday, he recited a list of “,” including Washington, Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. But on Monday morning, Trump blurted out his real feelings. After from Bubba Wallace, a Black NASCAR driver who was thought to have been targeted for intimidation by a garage-door cord , the president denounced NASCAR for banning “” at its events.Trump’s defense of the Confederate flag, as opposed to defending statues of the American founders, is...

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Grover Norquist’s Anti-Tax Group Took Money From the Paycheck Protection Program

Grover Norquist’s Anti-Tax Group Took Money From the Paycheck Protection Program

Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, a loud of government spending, notoriously : “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” But his libertarian ideological commitments don’t seem to have stopped the group he leads from accepting government aid to weather the coronavirus crisis.On Monday, the Feds released a giant trove of data on borrowers who received money through the Paycheck Protection Program, the rescue effort for small and midsize businesses that offered forgivable loans to employers...

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How McKinsey Helps Companies Avoid Responsibility

How McKinsey Helps Companies Avoid Responsibility

The following article is a written adaptation of an , Slate’s new podcast about companies in the news and how they got there.What exactly do management consultants do? Well, consultants help solve problems for people who run companies and other organizations. The client defines the problem, and the consultant helps find a solution. But there are consultants … and then there’s McKinsey & Company.The idea that McKinsey hires the best of the best is central to the story that the firm tells about itself. It tackles the hardest problems for the biggest clients—and the fees it charges those...

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These Are the Statues Trump Wants to Include in the “National Garden of American Heroes”

These Are the Statues Trump Wants to Include in the “National Garden of American Heroes”

At a time when many protesters around the country have been calling to tear down Confederate statues as well as other monuments that honor the country’s racist past, President Donald Trump insists that what the country needs is . During a confrontational speech in which he that warned about the threat of a “new far-left fascism,” Trump announced an to establish a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will include statues of “historically significant Americans.”Trump had previously condemned protesters for tearing down statues and even signed an order in June to call for the . He...

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Biden Offers Optimistic July 4th Message in Sharp Contrast to Trump’s Divisiveness

Biden Offers Optimistic July 4th Message in Sharp Contrast to Trump’s Divisiveness

Former Vice President Joe Biden offered a message of that was in sharp contrast to the divisive tone of President Donald Trump’s address at Mount Rushmore on Friday. With a message that centered around racial justice, Biden said that the United States “never lived up” to its founding principle that “all men are created equal.” In that includes images of protests and references to the Black Lives Matter movement, Biden offered a hopeful tone, saying that “We have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country” and “live up to the words that founded this nation.” Trump on...

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It’s Time for Liberals to Take Back Patriotism

It’s Time for Liberals to Take Back Patriotism

As the 21st century dawned, liberal democracy seemed virtually unassailable, at least as an idea. Then, two decades later, authoritarians were looking like the trend-setters and democrats the holdouts. “The liberal idea has become obsolete,” as leaders gathered for the 2019 G-20 summit in Japan.Then came the . In the wake of other high-profile , the tragedy ignited the and sparked . Beyond the struggle for racial justice, a broader conflict has emerged over national identity and fate. These events have set illiberal ethno-nationalists back on their heels, most notably in America.A daily...

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What It’s Like to Deliver Pizza in a Pandemic

What It’s Like to Deliver Pizza in a Pandemic

The following article is a written adaptation of an , Slate’s new podcast about companies in the news and how they got there.When you think about Domino’s and quick delivery, you might think about their old 30-minute delivery guarantee. The original slogan was half an hour or half a buck off. (Domino’s had to end that policy in 1993 after facing lawsuits accusing its delivery people of driving recklessly.) But founder Tom Monaghan always said the real secret to an efficient delivery business happens long before the pizza gets put in a car.Domino’s centralizes its food prep in regional...

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It’s Not Too Late for the Supreme Court to Decide the Mueller Grand Jury Case Correctly

It’s Not Too Late for the Supreme Court to Decide the Mueller Grand Jury Case Correctly

On Thursday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in a blockbuster case concerning whether Congress can access the full, unredacted Mueller report. Special counsel Robert Mueller released that report a little more than a year ago, but Congress still has not seen the report in its entirety because the Department of Justice has withheld portions of the report that concern grand jury matters. Now, the Supreme Court will decide whether Congress can view those grand jury redactions, as centuries of precedent dictate, or whether the Trump administration can continue to obstruct Congress’s...

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Trump’s Political NDAs Are an Abomination to the First Amendment

Trump’s Political NDAs Are an Abomination to the First Amendment

Donald Trump has long revealed himself to be a bully, one who punches down yet screams bloody murder when someone else so much as taps him. Nowhere is this trait more manifest than in his free speech hypocrisy. Throughout his political campaigns and his presidency, Trump has routinely decried the scourge of “political correctness,” slammed the weakness of “snowflakes” who can’t handle his “telling it like it is,” and demanded the right to publish factual misstatements without correction on private social media platforms. Yet Trump has wielded the extraordinary powers and privileges of the...

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Dear Care and Feeding: My Kids’ Dad Is a Trumper. Should I Criticize Him Openly or Keep It Civil?

Dear Care and Feeding: My Kids’ Dad Is a Trumper. Should I Criticize Him Openly or Keep It Civil?

Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? or post it in the .Dear Care and Feeding,I have three young kids (10, 9, 6) whom I adore. Due to life circumstances, they live mostly with their dad for the school year. (I see them often, and they live with me and their stepdad during the summers and breaks.) My husband and I are very liberal, and my kids’ dad is very conservative (like, Trump-supporter conservative). In my time with the kids, I talk politics a lot, and do my best to instill my values, while also being VERY careful not to say...

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