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A Fuller Obituary for Barbara Bush

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She was fierce and loyal but also kind of mean.

27 Min

Apr 18, 2018

The Taint Team Cometh

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The cover-up is worse than the crime when you put Michael Cohen in charge of the cover-up.

24 Min

Apr 17, 2018

James Comey's Ego Trip

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In defense of the former FBI director.

29 Min

Apr 16, 2018

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27 min
Apr 13, 2018
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Russia's denialism over Syrian war crimes is unscientific nonsense.

25 min
Apr 10, 2018
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Democracy hijacked, data leaked, brains rewired—we'd be stupid not to rein in Facebook and its peers.

25 min
Apr 9, 2018
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Answering to Congress isn't a good look for any CEO, but Facebook is politically important to the very people who will be asking the questions.

27 min
Apr 6, 2018
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Does New York's governor know what puns are?

33 min
Apr 5, 2018
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The Atlantic's hired-then-fired conservative writer fancies himself a provocateur. He provoked his way out of a job.

26 min
Apr 4, 2018
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We're lucky the YouTube shooter didn't have an AR-15.

19 min
Apr 3, 2018
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David Shulkin got high marks from most fair-minded government watchdogs. Maybe that's why he was fired.

30 min
Apr 2, 2018
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Repealing gun rights isn't just a losing argument, it's a doomed strategy.

24 min
Mar 30, 2018
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Comedian Aparna Nancherla goes for wordplay, even if it gets a groan.

24 min
Mar 29, 2018
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Magazines and newspapers are going to hire conservative columnists. That's not a problem.

23 min
Mar 28, 2018
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If Trump wants to persuade North Koreans to abandon their nukes, he has to think like they do.

25 min
Mar 27, 2018
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The Kushners' deal-making is under investigation, but that's not drawing eyeballs like Stormy Daniels is.

25 min
Mar 26, 2018
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Hildebrand Gurlitt's looted collection is open to the public, and museums are downplaying its sketchy history.

33 min
Mar 23, 2018
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The showrunners behind The Americans on what makes their Soviet protagonists deep, flawed, and heroic.

19 min
Mar 22, 2018
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on dog whistles, Confederate monuments, and besting the likes of David Duke.

28 min
Mar 21, 2018
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Even if the courts let Stormy Daniels speak out, what could she say about Trump that we don't already know?

23 min
Mar 20, 2018
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Cass Sunstein had big thinkers write about the question, and they weren't all optimistic.

16 min
Mar 19, 2018
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How concerned should we be about receipt paper? Maria Konnikova helps us investigate.

27 min
Mar 16, 2018
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Closing out the decade, 1969 sent the sound of flower power and psychedelic pop to the top of the charts.

23 min
Mar 15, 2018
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We're talking looks, physique, and charisma.

27 min
Mar 14, 2018
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How Rex Tillerson botched the one thing he could have done to improve the State Department and please Trump.

31 min
Mar 13, 2018
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Why do we know so much about Colombia's narcos and so little about the people who risked everything to fight them?

29 min
Mar 12, 2018
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We dip into the archives for our interview with Bryan Fogel about his documentary, Icarus. The film just won an Academy Award.

29 min
Mar 9, 2018
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And we should be worried that president Trump will have a seat and be himself.

19 min
Mar 8, 2018
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Kellyanne Conway's violation of the Hatch Act isn't calamitous, but it's one of countless trespasses by the Trump team.

26 min
Mar 7, 2018
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New York State (and NYC) are shining models of how to cut gun violence.

27 min
Mar 6, 2018
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How did a small, family run bank in New York wind up in court after the 2008 financial crisis? An Oscar-nominated documentary tells the story.

26 min
Mar 5, 2018
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His "dining set" fiasco is small potatoes compared to the ongoing disaster that is the Trump administration.

25 min
Mar 2, 2018
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In 2016, Trump insisted he wasn't trying to get a top security clearance for his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. See? Now it's finally true.

24 min
Mar 1, 2018
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Trump's concessions on immigration didn't last a week. Will White House staff swoop in to revise his comments on guns, too?

32 min
Feb 28, 2018
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The NRA's spokeswoman is a capable spin doctor. But she can't live up to her own media criticism.

31 min
Feb 28, 2018
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Today, in "Congressional Candidates Who Cannot Possibly Win."

29 min
Feb 26, 2018
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Why is a lioness of the Senate being spurned by the California Democratic Party?

27 min
Feb 23, 2018
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Arming educators is a recipe for disaster. It's also an utterly unserious proposal.

30 min
Feb 22, 2018
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Can the companies who build our smartphones and run our social networks be regulated? Or will they have to regulate themselves?

30 min
Feb 21, 2018
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War, murder, poverty, and disease: They're all trending downward here on planet Earth.

26 min
Feb 20, 2018
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Once bankrupt, Stockton, California, will soon test the effects of universal basic income.

26 min
Feb 16, 2018
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It's a no-brainer: Taking the mass killer's weapon of choice off store shelves would save lives.

28 min
Feb 15, 2018
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What the Quinn Norton fracas and the latest Twix bar marketing campaign have in common.

22 min
Feb 15, 2018
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Are we hiking the defense budget mostly out of habit?

23 min
Feb 13, 2018
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The White House's fiscal 2019 budget would cut food stamp funding, and tell its recipients what to eat.

24 min
Feb 12, 2018
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This is the Trump administration at rest. Chaos is its equilibrium.

25 min
Feb 9, 2018
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Adam Davidson tries to heal our debt of understanding.

23 min
Feb 8, 2018
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Slate's Joshua Keating says our focus on Iran kept us from putting out fires across the Middle East.

26 min
Feb 7, 2018
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Steve Coll paints a bleak picture of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan. Pakistan has a lot to do with it.

28 min
Feb 6, 2018
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Ian Bremmer says the “America First” doctrine could work, if it were implemented like a long-term strategy—but that’s not happening.

28 min
Feb 6, 2018
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The TV writer's food obsession started with chopped-up garlic.

28 min
Feb 2, 2018
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Both cities have a reputation for being obnoxious. But which is worse?

24 min
Feb 1, 2018
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Without Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, there would be little welfare state for the GOP to undercut in the first place.

30 min
Jan 31, 2018
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The Trump White House nixed a well-qualified candidate who discouraged a preventive military strike against North Korea.

27 min
Jan 30, 2018
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Author Amy Goldstein went to Janesville, Wisconsin, to see how people coped when their local economy vanished. In short: It’s really hard.

25 min
Jan 29, 2018
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The NBA great sees #BlackLivesMatter as a continuation of the civil rights era that shaped his youth.

31 min
Jan 26, 2018
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Carrie Brownstein's series mocks the region she's from just gently enough.

28 min
Jan 25, 2018
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Reporter David Cay Johnston gave the public the first look at Donald Trump’s taxes. He thinks Robert Mueller will show us more.

31 min
Jan 24, 2018
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A mathematical computation about the midterms that's, in the words of our expert, "sort of hideously irrelevant."

30 min
Jan 23, 2018
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Dan Pashman hosts a food podcast—and dinner parties. In both capacities, he’s big on monosodium glutamate.

25 min
Jan 22, 2018
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Conservative Democratic voters are to blame for Chuck Schumer's move on DACA.

31 min
Jan 20, 2018
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The hosts of Slate’s Trumpcast dish on the Mueller investigation and Trump’s first year in office.

27 min
Jan 18, 2018
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Relive the “fake news” media’s greatest mistreatment of the guy who’s just trying to “Make America Great Again.”

26 min
Jan 17, 2018
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The continuing resolution is the worst thing in politics.

30 min
Jan 16, 2018
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President Trump likes to bluster. But when will North Korea see that as more than talk, and react accordingly?

22 min
Jan 12, 2018
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We’re still learning about how the mind of an adolescent is only half-baked.

28 min
Jan 11, 2018
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Grill him for his deeds, not his ditzy moments.

26 min
Jan 10, 2018
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Books that promise “a new you” often don’t cure us, but they sure can expose our greatest anxieties.

30 min
Jan 9, 2018
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Rwanda’s radio programming fueled the country’s infamous genocide in 1994. Could it also help it heal?

26 min
Jan 8, 2018
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NPR’s media correspondent says Michael Wolff’s new book is kicking off a more honest conversation on the president’s fitness to hold office.

34 min
Jan 5, 2018
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Jen Welter grew up without female role models in the NFL. Then she joined the Arizona Cardinals.

32 min
Jan 4, 2018
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If Democrats want to win back the blue-collar vote, they may need a bigger tent.

27 min
Jan 3, 2018
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Police killed more than 1,100 people last year. And yes, there’s a racial disparity.

28 min
Jan 2, 2018
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Slate podcasters Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons on how Watergate fever compares to today’s investigations into Russia and the 2016 election.

28 min
Dec 29, 2017
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Some comedians have a “kill or be killed” relationship with their audiences. Anjelah Johnson just gives them what they want.

33 min
Dec 28, 2017
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But being aware of that can help you spend it more wisely (or better yet, save it).

30 min
Dec 27, 2017
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The chain’s evangelical founders are spending millions on putting the Bible at the center of American life.

31 min
Dec 22, 2017
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Ken Stern thinks we should quit it with the name-calling.

26 min
Dec 21, 2017
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Why Trump’s economic predictions don’t pass the smell test.

27 min
Dec 21, 2017
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Is it possible that Republicans were damned whether or not they passed their tax bill?

31 min
Dec 20, 2017
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Michael Barbaro and Theo Balcomb share their secrets.

25 min
Dec 18, 2017
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Maria Konnikova tells us about the foods that can dramatically change your skin’s hue ... and when to see a doctor about it.

32 min
Dec 15, 2017
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The comedian’s latest roast takes the conversation around immigration down to the U.S.-Mexico border.

18 min
Dec 14, 2017
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How Chris Hurst became one of Virginia’s newest state representatives, with some indirect help from a petting zoo.

24 min
Dec 13, 2017
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The Alabama election, as much of an upset as it was, restored a sense of normalcy in politics.

28 min
Dec 12, 2017
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Don’t blame a Roy Moore win on low black turnout.

25 min
Dec 11, 2017
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The downside of progress is that someone has to lose. Where does all that energy go? In Alabama, a lot of it is going to Roy Moore.

27 min
Dec 9, 2017
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Our man in Birmingham explains how Roy Moore went from political pariah to anti-establishment champion.

23 min
Dec 7, 2017
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Dahlia Lithwick says Democrats are stuck in a downward spiral of doing the honorable thing and hoping Republicans will meet them halfway.

26 min
Dec 6, 2017
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Senate Democrats are clambering up to secure the moral high ground.

29 min
Dec 5, 2017
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They couldn’t keep their hands to themselves. But did they really put a thumb on the scales of the election?

26 min
Dec 4, 2017
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The Obama presidency, distilled into 5 pounds’ worth of pictures.

26 min
Dec 1, 2017
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And he doesn’t like guardrails on comedy.

26 min
Nov 30, 2017
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It’s a popular game of chance in Korea. It’s also a metaphor for the Korean Japanese experience in Min Jin Lee’s swoonworthy novel.

36 min
Nov 29, 2017
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The on-again, off-again friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

32 min
Nov 28, 2017
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Is the top 20 percent of the country hogging opportunities that would otherwise go to the middle class?

29 min
Nov 27, 2017
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Elliott Abrams wants U.S. support for democracy in the Arab world.

23 min
Nov 22, 2017
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Turns out demons are ripe for comedy.

27 min
Nov 22, 2017
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How a Minnesota senator’s campaign for president set the precedent for Bernie Sanders’ run.

21 min
Nov 20, 2017
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Robert Mugabe can still slow down the coup against him.

30 min
Nov 17, 2017
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