Slate: Politics

  • The Beto Bubble
    Thursday - 04/19/2018 - 04:55 PM

    It’s mid-April, and a reputable pollster is already declaring that the Senate race between Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas is “too close to call,” at 47 percent to 44 percent.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Barbara Bush Once Told the GOP to Ease Up Its Anti-Abortion Policies
    Wednesday - 04/18/2018 - 03:18 PM

    Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, has been remembered as a dutiful spouse and a proud mother to two conservative presidents. Bush’s actual influence on their policy views has mostly been opaque, with the conspicuous exception of a story shared in 2010 by George W.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Anti-Abortion Activists Rush to Praise Cardi B as a “Pro-Life” Icon
    Tuesday - 04/17/2018 - 04:23 PM

    Cardi B has attracted a parade of right-wing supporters over the past week for deciding to have a baby while her rapid rise to superstardom is still accelerating. Anti-abortion websites are posting gleeful recaps of an exchange the hip-hop artist had with radio host Charlamagne Tha God last Tuesday, when she said she “kinda sort of” considered terminating her pregnancy, before determining that she “didn’t want to deal with the whole abortion thing.”

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  • Please Stop Predicting the End of Trump’s Presidency
    Monday - 04/16/2018 - 05:58 PM

    Democrats and some concerned Republicans have been warning for months that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be a point of no return for President Donald Trump. That speculative frontier advanced even further over the weekend, after the New Yorker’s Adam Davidson declared that the Trump presidency has now entered its “end stages,” following a raid on the office and hotel room of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Is It Time for Democrats to Fight Dirty?
    Thursday - 04/12/2018 - 04:05 PM

    The consensus among political pundits is that the Democratic Party is poised to do well in November’s midterm elections. It seems too that Donald Trump will have his work cut out for him in 2020 as he faces what’s sure to be a crowded field of Democratic rising stars.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Pro-Lifers Dismiss Pope’s Declaration that Protecting Migrants Is Just as Important as Abortion
    Wednesday - 04/11/2018 - 05:08 PM

    Pope Francis came out against single-issue anti-abortion activists on Monday in a document about “holiness” in modern society. “Our defence of the innocent unborn…needs to be clear, firm and passionate,” he writes.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Republicans Shrug Off Trump’s Mueller Rage
    Tuesday - 04/10/2018 - 05:50 PM

    After the feds raided the office and hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, on Monday afternoon, the president responded with a noticeable public escalation in his rage toward Robert Mueller’s investigation.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Democrats Shouldn’t Give in to White Racism
    Sunday - 04/08/2018 - 08:03 PM

    Too many observers treat American politics as a contest between rival groups of white people. It’s how you get dubious claims that Donald Trump broadly represents “working-class” voters, or the related narrative that pits a monolithic “coastal elite” against a so-called “heartland,” ideas that cannot survive contact with any consideration of black political behavior.

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  • Why Are Republicans Defending Scott Pruitt?
    Friday - 04/06/2018 - 05:52 PM

    Scott Pruitt had one job. He’s done it well. As administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Pruitt was tasked with dismantling every environmental regulation imposed by the Obama administration. Alas, he’s also done so much more.

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  • The Head-Spinning Possibilities in Arizona if John McCain Leaves the Senate
    Wednesday - 04/04/2018 - 05:06 PM

    A morbid conversation has been playing out in public for the better part of a year: What happens if John McCain’s deteriorating health forces him to leave the U.S. Senate?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Holder 2020?
    Wednesday - 04/18/2018 - 06:54 PM

    Eric Holder was the first black attorney general of the United States, serving under its first black president, Barack Obama. Holder left office in 2013, but he hasn’t left public life.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • What Republicans’ Doomed Effort to Undo the Budget Deal Is Really About
    Wednesday - 04/18/2018 - 04:51 PM

    In a brief Fox News interview on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell killed two bills. The first was a measure that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to consider soon that would make it more difficult for the White House to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • White Spaces
    Monday - 04/16/2018 - 08:27 PM

    Philadelphia is a city in which 43 percent of residents are black. The Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested last Thursday, however, is located in a zip code that is 79 percent white and just 6 percent black.

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  • Selling Hollywood to the Heartland
    Monday - 04/16/2018 - 12:35 PM

    ALTOONA, Iowa—Eric Garcetti wanted a do-over. “Well, not a do-over,” he clarified, “but I thought of a better way to say it.” It being an answer to the question of why the mayor of Los Angeles was in Iowa.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Paul Ryan’s Fitting End
    Wednesday - 04/11/2018 - 07:37 PM

    I always liked Paul Ryan. Six years ago, when he was tapped as the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, I wrote him a love letter. Then, when I scrutinized his record, I had to take the letter back.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • What Ryan Wrought
    Wednesday - 04/11/2018 - 03:44 PM

    No one person bears singular blame for the current state of American politics. It took many different choices, from many different people, to produce President Donald Trump.

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  • Texas Supreme Court Totally Misunderstands Homosexuality in Sexual Harassment Opinion
    Monday - 04/09/2018 - 07:13 PM

    In an opinion delivered on Friday, the Texas Supreme Court offered up some strange ideas about what it means to be gay. Six of the eight justices joined an opinion finding that a former San Antonio gym teacher had no legitimate claims of sexual harassment, in part because she didn’t prove that the alleged offender, a woman, is a lesbian.

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  • The Balanced-Budget Amendment Is Deeply Stupid
    Friday - 04/06/2018 - 03:32 PM

    When Congress returns from its two-week recess on Monday, it won’t have a whole lot to … do. Most of the meaningful legislation that was going to get done before the midterms was buried in the 2,232-page omnibus that passed a couple of weeks ago.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Randy Bryce Wants to Abolish ICE
    Wednesday - 04/04/2018 - 06:22 PM

    Donald Trump rode to office promising a deportation force that would arrest and expel undocumented immigrants across the country. He has done what he promised. Shortly after assuming the presidency, Trump reversed the Obama administration’s policy of deprioritizing the deportation of noncriminal immigrants.

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  • Teachable Moment
    Wednesday - 04/04/2018 - 01:23 PM

    Thousands of teachers and sympathetic demonstrators in Oklahoma gathered on Tuesday, for a second straight day, at Oklahoma’s state Capitol to demand higher teacher pay and increased education funding.

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  • Being Black in Public
    Thursday - 04/19/2018 - 05:52 AM

    Last Thursday, an employee at a Philadelphia Starbucks called the police on two black men who were waiting for the arrival of a business partner without having ordered anything at the counter.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Cynthia Nixon Is Gaining on Andrew Cuomo
    Wednesday - 04/18/2018 - 02:16 PM

    For weeks now, New York politicos have been jazzed about former Sex and the City co-star Cynthia Nixon’s insurgent campaign for New York governor. The incumbent, Andrew Cuomo, has become a villain on the party’s left even as he reportedly draws up plans to join the throng of Democrats likely to run for the presidency in 2020.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Let the Teens Vote
    Tuesday - 04/17/2018 - 06:19 PM

    The “March for Our Lives” was one of the largest demonstrations in American history. Its organizers, the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were teenagers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Wolf in Wonk’s Clothing
    Friday - 04/13/2018 - 07:07 PM

    A century or so in political time has passed since 2014’s Conservative Political Action Conference, but there were two speeches given over the course of that weekend that are perhaps worth remembering today.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Complicated Race to Replace Paul Ryan
    Wednesday - 04/11/2018 - 06:11 PM

    Wednesday was a funny day on the House side of the Capitol. Republican members, when asked, would call premature any discussion of who might replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan. As they said this, though, one could see the wheels in their heads spinning with gaming, plotting, and palace intrigue.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Can Democrats Really Win Paul Ryan’s District?
    Wednesday - 04/11/2018 - 03:56 PM

    Randy Bryce saw the same reports everyone else did on Wednesday morning: House Speaker Paul Ryan will retire at the end of the year. “The first thought I had was, ‘I have to see him say these words for myself,’ ” Bryce told me by phone, after months of rumors that Ryan wouldn’t run for re-election.

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  • Pruitt’s Problem
    Tuesday - 04/10/2018 - 12:24 PM

    As one of the most radical and outspoken members of the Trump administration, Scott Pruitt has become a darling of conservatives and a rumored candidate for even higher office. But not every politician with lofty ambitions has the skills to navigate the national spotlight.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • West Virginia Republicans Are Getting Behind a Candidate So Odious, Even Trump Won’t Go Near Him
    Friday - 04/06/2018 - 03:56 PM

    At the end of an hourlong event in West Virginia on Thursday, Donald Trump polled the crowd about whom they would like to see win next month’s Republican primary for U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Senate Democrats Keep Getting Great News. Things Aren’t As Rosy As They Seem.
    Thursday - 04/05/2018 - 05:50 PM

    Senate Democrats seeking good news don’t need to go far to find it. The latest batch comes in a pair of polls out this week. The first suggests Democrat Mike Espy is the early front-runner in the November special election in Mississippi—Mississippi!—to replace recently retired Republican Sen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Vanishing Republican Agenda
    Monday - 04/02/2018 - 02:14 PM

    Congress will be in recess for the next week or so, and we’ve been given a few peeks recently about what Republicans will set about doing once they get back.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share