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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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Reporters in D.C. Swarm Lone Trump Supporters, the Last Gasp of a Way of Life

Reporters in D.C. Swarm Lone Trump Supporters, the Last Gasp of a Way of Life

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementWhen a woman in a red MAGA hat and a rhinestone jacket glittered past reporters on Wednesday afternoon, they swarmed. Cameras and recording devices went into the air. Asked whether she believed in Joe Biden’s inaugural promise to be a president for all Americans, the woman replied “not at all,” and launched into a diatribe about being silenced on social media. “Our voices aren’t being heard,” she said, as a line of other reporters waited their turn to interview her.AdvertisementIf you were a visitor to D.C. for Biden’s inauguration, chances are you...

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Goodbye, Ajit Pai

Goodbye, Ajit Pai

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementIt took an industry man to ruin the internet as we knew it. The damage to a free and open virtual network wrought by the killing of net neutrality standards hasn’t yet assumed the apocalyptic form that digital watchdogs warned of. But the internet service providers who benefit from relaxation of the restrictions are already taking advantage in subtle ways, toeing the line into future, likely more explicit abuses, while prices for service remain sky-high for low-income users. This is all a gradual rollout by savvy design, thanks to the machinations of...

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Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Calls for Protests After Court-Ordered Detention

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Calls for Protests After Court-Ordered Detention

A day after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned from Germany to Moscow, he was subject to an extraordinarily fast court hearing in which a judge ordered he be . Shortly after the decision, Navalny released a video message calling on Russians to take to the streets in protest. The 30-day detention is seen as the first step ahead of a decision that could imprison the Kremlin critic for years. “Do not be afraid,” . “Take to the streets. Don’t do it for me, do it for yourselves and for your future.” He added that “there’s nothing these thieves in their bunkers fear more than...

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Biden Must Purge Military and Law Enforcement of White Nationalists

Biden Must Purge Military and Law Enforcement of White Nationalists

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOver the final three weeks of the Trump administration, many Americans have started to become accustomed to the reality that Black and brown people in the United States have been intimately familiar with for far too long: the terrifying threat of violent white nationalists in our midst. It would be comforting to think of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and ongoing threats as an aberration, an isolated series of events caused by a president for whom truth holds little value and who  that, despite all evidence to the contrary, he had won the...

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Giuliani Won’t Represent Trump at Impeachment Trial After All

Giuliani Won’t Represent Trump at Impeachment Trial After All

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementPresident Donald Trump’s personal lawyer won’t be part of the defense team in the Senate trial for his second impeachment. Giuliani, who has been leading the president’s failed efforts to prove baseless claims of voter fraud, said he wouldn’t represent Trump because he was involved in the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the riot at the Capitol. “Because I gave an earlier speech [at the rally], I am a witness and therefore unable to participate in court or in the Senate chamber,” .AdvertisementGiuliani saying he “may be a witness” and that means “the rules...

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Trump Ready to Issue 100 Pardons, Commutations Before Leaving Office

Trump Ready to Issue 100 Pardons, Commutations Before Leaving Office

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementPresident Donald Trump is finalizing the details on one of his last acts as president when he will pardon or commute the sentences of more than 100 people before he leaves the White House. CNN says the pardons and commutations will come Tuesday, his final full day in office while it could be Monday or Tuesday. This latest batch of pardons and commutations is expected to include a mix of people, including “white collar criminals, high-profile rappers, and others,” .AdvertisementTrump met on Sunday with his daughter Ivanka and his son in law, Jared...

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Karl Rove: Trump More Likely to Be Convicted if Giuliani Defends Him in Impeachment Trial

Karl Rove: Trump More Likely to Be Convicted if Giuliani Defends Him in Impeachment Trial

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementIf President Donald Trump doesn’t want Senate Republicans to join Democrats in voting to convict him in his upcoming second impeachment trial then he better make sure his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani isn’t involved in his defense. That was the message veteran Republican strategist Karl Rove espoused Sunday in which he made clear that . The warning comes amid reports that Trump is having trouble finding lawyers who will defend him as those who represented him in the first trial aren’t apparently .AdvertisementIn an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Rove...

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Trump Allies Reportedly Collecting Lots of Cash From People Seeking Pardons

Trump Allies Reportedly Collecting Lots of Cash From People Seeking Pardons

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementPeople close to President Donald Trump have been able to pocket tens of thousands of dollars from convicts seeking pardons from President Donald Trump, . The efforts to obtain pardons from the outgoing president have only grown more feverish recently after it became clear Trump had no way to challenge his loss to President-elect Joe Biden. Those who have managed to turn pardon-lobbying into a lucrative business are selling their ability to get the ear of the president who is known to care little about protocol.AdvertisementAxios that at least 10...

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Trump Targeted the Mentally Ill With His Lame Duck Execution Spree

Trump Targeted the Mentally Ill With His Lame Duck Execution Spree

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThe Trump Administration’s 2020-21 execution spree came to an end on Friday with the . Higgs was the 13th person put to death since federal executions resumed in July, 2020.A close look at those executed over the last six months shows that the federal death penalty is not reserved for the “” as some of its proponents contend. Instead it targets the most disadvantaged and disabled of those charged with capital crimes.AdvertisementHaving an intellectual disability, a mental illness, or a history of childhood abuse and trauma turns out to be a very...

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Should Oil and Gas Be Treated Like Nuclear Weapons?

Should Oil and Gas Be Treated Like Nuclear Weapons?

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThis was originally published by and has been republished here as part of the collaboration.For decades, the potential for a nuclear catastrophe felt like a waking threat, just around the corner. Then, in 1968, many of the nations once responsible for pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war collectively agreed to reverse course, signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Member nations, including the United States and the Soviet Union, agreed to end the stockpiling of nuclear weapons and eventually move toward full...

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Officer Almost Crushed by Capitol Mob: “If it Wasn’t My Job I Would Have Done That for Free”

Officer Almost Crushed by Capitol Mob: “If it Wasn’t My Job I Would Have Done That for Free”

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementA Washington, D.C. police officer who was almost crushed to death by the insurrectionist mob that swarmed the Capitol earlier this month would do it . “If it wasn’t my job I would have done that for free,” . “It was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection and I’m glad I was in a position to help. We’ll do it as many times as it takes.” Video shows rioters pinning Hodges between a sliding door and the doorframe. In the video, Hodges can be seen crying out in pain with his mouth bloodied as the rioters around him seem determined...

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Trump Allies Reportedly Want Ivanka to Challenge Rubio for Florida Senate Seat

Trump Allies Reportedly Want Ivanka to Challenge Rubio for Florida Senate Seat

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementAs President Donald Trump gets ready to leave the White House, some of his family members are weighing launching their own political careers. At least three family members are either being pushed to run for office or are considering their own plans to do so, . The one who seems most eager to jump into elected office is Lara Trump, the wife of Eric Trump who is reportedly seriously considering running for the Senate in North Carolina. There will be an open seat in the state in 2022. Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr., is also considering his political future...

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Fox News Can Barely Admit the Capitol Riot Is a Story

Fox News Can Barely Admit the Capitol Riot Is a Story

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOn the morning of Monday, Jan. 11, as the flags over the U.S. Capitol remained at half-mast to honor the police officer killed by right-wing insurrectionists there, the hosts of Fox & Friends brought America’s early-rising crypto-fascists the day’s top story. “88 million Trump Twitter followers are without Donald Trump. Donald Trump loses 35 million Facebook followers, and the Parler [app on which] he was gaining on turbo speed, that is shut down. Because they decided they didn’t like it,” said co-host Brian Kilmeade. “This, to me, is a five-alarm fire...

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Could the Rioters Have Breached the Capitol’s Cybersecurity?

Could the Rioters Have Breached the Capitol’s Cybersecurity?

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementPresident Donald Trump’s speech on Wednesday inciting the mob that attacked Congress resulted in five deaths and a number of hospitalizations, the pillaging of the Capitol, and a major embarrassment for American democracy at home and abroad. After investigators survey the damage, we may discover that it also led to a cybersecurity breach.On Thursday, acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin , “Electronic items were stolen from senators’ offices. Documents, materials were stolen, and we have to identify what was done, mitigate that, and it could...

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Trump’s Final Attempt to Sabotage the Census Has Officially Failed

Trump’s Final Attempt to Sabotage the Census Has Officially Failed

The Trump administration’s final attempt to sabotage the census is dead. On Friday, the Justice Department told a federal judge that the Census Bureau would not release data on the number of undocumented immigrants living in each state before Jan. 20. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang the DOJ’s filing. Donald Trump intended to use this data for the apportionment of congressional seats among states; his plan, if successful, would have stripped seats in the House of Representatives from states with large undocumented communities. Trump’s political appointees tried to rush out this data before the...

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Sheriffs Helped Lead This Insurrection

Sheriffs Helped Lead This Insurrection

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOn Jan. 6, Pinal County made a promise. Delivering a speech in Phoenix during the ongoing mob attack on the nation’s Capitol, Lamb accused former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of unnamed crimes and repeated President Donald Trump’s false claims about election fraud. “Now I’m limited to what I can do as the sheriff, but if you live in Pinal County, I assure you I can fight for your freedom,” he said before exhorting his followers to “be vigilant” and to “fight for the Constitution, freedom, and the American way of life.” (The video has since...

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Justice Department Filing Says “Strong Evidence” Capitol Rioters Intended to “Capture and Assassinate” Lawmakers

Justice Department Filing Says “Strong Evidence” Capitol Rioters Intended to “Capture and Assassinate” Lawmakers

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOur collective understanding of the scale and scope of the assault on the Capitol grows by the day, with each new video, every unearthed selfie, and revelation after revelation about the participants’ dark pasts. The Department of Justice, in a late Thursday, laid out the goal of the attack in uniquely stark terms, saying that there was “strong evidence” that “the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government.” Eyewitness accounts and videos from the scene on Jan. 6 appeared to show...

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The Supreme Court Won’t Explain Why It Just Greenlit New Abortion Restrictions

The Supreme Court Won’t Explain Why It Just Greenlit New Abortion Restrictions

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementOn Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court released its since Senate Republicans confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s successor. The court’s unexplained, unsigned order allows the government to restrict access to the abortion pill. It also provides a strong signal that the new court is willing to indulge restrictions on abortion, even though it did not bother to explain why. Some may be inclined to write off the court’s decision since the incoming Biden administration could change the specific regulation at issue in the case, which required...

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Republicans Are Tough on Terrorism Until the Terrorists Are Republicans

Republicans Are Tough on Terrorism Until the Terrorists Are Republicans

Nine years ago, terrorists attacked U.S. diplomats and contractors in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans died, and Republicans . Those investigations found no wrongdoing by President Barack Obama or then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but they succeeded in painting Clinton as soft on terrorism, thereby damaging her 2016 presidential campaign. Now the same Republicans who decried Benghazi are downplaying President Donald Trump’s culpability—and their own—in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.AdvertisementThe Republican frenzy over Benghazi spanned two presidential elections. In October...

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Republicans Are Tough on Terrorism Until the Terrorists Are Republicans

Republicans Are Tough on Terrorism Until the Terrorists Are Republicans

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementNine years ago, terrorists attacked U.S. diplomats and contractors in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans died, and Republicans . Those investigations found no wrongdoing by President Barack Obama or then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but they succeeded in painting Clinton as soft on terrorism, thereby damaging her 2016 presidential campaign. Now the same Republicans who decried Benghazi are downplaying President Donald Trump’s culpability—and their own—in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.AdvertisementThe Republican frenzy over Benghazi spanned...

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A Federalist Society Star Helped Foment the Capitol Riot

A Federalist Society Star Helped Foment the Capitol Riot

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThe Capitol mob . It was a response to the concerted attack on 2020’s election results crafted by elite right-wing politicians, academics, and attorneys. No law professor played a bigger role in Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the election than John Eastman. As the president’s actual attorneys backed away from his coup, Eastman rushed in to fill the void, attempting to bolster the scheme with incoherent legal theories. When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton the Supreme Court to overturn the election by nullifying millions of votes, it was Eastman who...

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In Which the Totally Crazy and Slightly Less Crazy Wings of the Republican Party Confront a Metal Detector

In Which the Totally Crazy and Slightly Less Crazy Wings of the Republican Party Confront a Metal Detector

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementLast Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol was overrun by a mob of Donald Trump supporters. Some of them were armed; some carried flex cuffs, as if planning to restrain hostages; some reportedly attacked a police officer, who later died, with a fire extinguisher.A number of far-right Republican representatives have, in the past, celebrated the extremist groups (the and and so forth) whose members were among those who occupied the building. Two members, Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks and North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally near the...

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Republicans Are Tough on Terrorism Until the Terrorists Are Republicans

Republicans Are Tough on Terrorism Until the Terrorists Are Republicans

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementNine years ago, terrorists attacked U.S. diplomats and contractors in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans died, and Republicans . Those investigations found no wrongdoing by President Barack Obama or then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but they succeeded in painting Clinton as soft on terrorism, thereby damaging her 2016 presidential campaign. Now the same Republicans who decried Benghazi are downplaying President Donald Trump’s culpability—and their own—in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.AdvertisementThe Republican frenzy over Benghazi spanned...

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Why Everyone Should Be Concerned About Parler Being Booted From the Internet

Why Everyone Should Be Concerned About Parler Being Booted From the Internet

AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisementThis article is part of the , a collaboration between Future Tense and the Tech, Law, & Security Program at American University Washington College of Law that examines the ways technology is influencing how we think about speech.The real coordinated inauthentic behavior on social media made itself abundantly clear in the aftermath of the assault on Congress. The culprit isn’t a troll farm or Russian influence. This time, the coordinated inauthentic behavior is coming from California.Late last week, Google and Apple both suspended Parler—the social...

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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...

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