Slate: Politics

  • More Than Words
    Thursday - 01/18/2018 - 06:24 PM

    The confusing rollout of Donald Trump’s long-awaited and deeply uninteresting fake news awards has raised fresh questions about whether Trump’s persistent demonization of the media has implications for the stability of democracy itself.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Women’s March Was Just the Beginning
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 02:08 PM

    This article is part of a weeklong series on President Trump’s first year in office.

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  • A Dreamer Deal, Delayed
    Tuesday - 01/16/2018 - 07:42 AM

    The government will shut down at midnight on Friday if Congress can’t pass a spending bill this week. There was no plan for resolving this last week. And then “shithole” happened.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Donald Trump’s Enduring Promise
    Tuesday - 01/16/2018 - 06:06 AM

    Slate is running a weeklong series on President Trump’s first year in office. Read Jim Newell’s companion essay about Trump’s conventional—and reversible—policy agenda.

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  • Donald Trump Is A Racist
    Friday - 01/12/2018 - 08:19 AM

    What would you call someone who blasted Haiti as a “shithole,” complained about immigrants from Africa, and wondered why the United States couldn’t accept more immigrants from a European country like Norway?

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  • The Working White House
    Wednesday - 01/10/2018 - 01:55 PM

    Donald Trump is surrounded by a reality distortion field. It takes the form of spectacle—an unending series of antics that emanate from the president’s rhetoric and his disruptive, dysfunctional behavior.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Oprah? Really?
    Monday - 01/08/2018 - 03:30 PM

    When world leaders came together in 2015 to settle on a framework for action on climate change, the resulting agreement set a goal of limiting the rise in global average temperatures from preindustrial levels to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.

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  • The New Potency of Pot
    Friday - 01/05/2018 - 02:14 PM

    On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened the burgeoning legal marijuana industry by rescinding an Obama administration memo that effectively ensured states could legalize pot without federal interference. Before Sessions’ reversal, the Obama administration’s decision to allow states to try legal marijuana and Donald Trump’s initial support for those state-based experiments seemed to establish how far and fast the policy conversation on pot has moved since the end of the previous decade, when legalization was still considered a punchline.

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  • The Trump Brand
    Tuesday - 01/02/2018 - 06:58 PM

    To look back at Donald Trump’s first year in office is to see steady assaults on truth, on propriety, and on the rule of law. Looking forward, we can expect more of the same.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • A Flight of Sycophancy
    Thursday - 12/21/2017 - 08:14 PM

    After his tax bill victory on Wednesday, Donald Trump graciously called a Cabinet meeting—he probably sensed his staff was itching to get something off its chest. If he had not convened his cheerleading squad, it’s possible they would have been borne away by their unvented amazement, swept into the streets like Enoch to heaven.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The “Crap Sandwich” Debate
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 01:08 PM

    Short-term continuing resolutions to keep the government open, North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker said Tuesday night following a meeting of the House GOP, “are always crap sandwiches.” And yet, Walker and the large conservative bloc he leads, the Republican Study Committee, are leaning toward voting for the crap sandwich presently before them.

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  • When an Idiot Calls You a Loser
    Tuesday - 01/16/2018 - 04:48 PM

    Earlier this month, the president of the United States announced he would be making his own contribution to awards season.

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  • The Conventional, Reversible Trump Agenda
    Tuesday - 01/16/2018 - 06:05 AM

    Slate is running a weeklong series on President Trump’s first year in office. Read Jamelle Bouie’s companion essay about the only promise Trump has kept from his inaugural address.

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  • This Is Not a Drill
    Monday - 01/15/2018 - 05:30 PM

    The erroneous “missile threat” alert sent to thousands of Americans’ phones in Hawaii on Saturday probably would have been dismissed as an obvious mistake if received just months ago. In the current climate, however, with the president only recently comparing the size of his “nuclear button” with that of North Korea’s leader, the imminent danger of war feels terribly real.

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  • Sloppy Donald
    Wednesday - 01/10/2018 - 01:08 PM

    Donald Trump says he has revived the American economy, destroyed ISIS, and inspired respect for the United States around the world. He says these things in the hope that you’ll believe them.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Congress Is Still Very Far Away From a DACA Deal
    Tuesday - 01/09/2018 - 06:04 PM

    Nearly two dozen legislators joined the president at the White House on Tuesday for what was supposed to be a private meeting to work out a deal that could decide the fate of millions of immigrants who were brought to the U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • What Michael Wolff Got Right
    Friday - 01/05/2018 - 04:51 PM

    Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s book about chaos in the Trump administration, tells some curious tales. It suggests Trump didn’t know who former House Speaker John Boehner was, even after Trump had golfed with him and had repeatedly tweeted about him.

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  • Electoral Fraud
    Thursday - 01/04/2018 - 05:54 PM

    President Trump’s election integrity commission didn’t get far before it was mired in controversy. State officials from around the country refused to comply with requests for detailed information on voters, and on Wednesday, after nearly a year of conflict and litigation, the president finally disbanded the commission.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Weak Suit
    Friday - 12/29/2017 - 01:50 PM

    Roy Moore, the former Alabama judge and accused molester, isn’t taking no for an answer. In a lawsuit filed this week, Moore, who lost a special election for the U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Democrats Fold on a DACA Fix
    Thursday - 12/21/2017 - 08:32 PM

    When 18 Senate Democrats joined Republicans to pass a short-term spending bill on Thursday, it marked yet another day of disappointment for Dreamers and their allies in Congress.

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  • Is That All There Is to a POTUS?
    Wednesday - 01/17/2018 - 07:49 PM

    What happens in the days and weeks after everyone realizes the emperor has no clothes? Once the initial shock of revelation, disillusion, shame, and schadenfreude wears off, the emperor is still naked.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Jeff Flake’s Empty Words
    Tuesday - 01/16/2018 - 04:52 PM

    No Senate Republican, with the possible exception of John McCain, has taken a stronger verbal stance against President Trump than Arizona’s Jeff Flake, who has declared the president “a threat to the stability of the entire world.” On Wednesday, Flake plans to make a speech in advance of Trump’s Fake News Awards that compares Trump’s anti-press rhetoric to Joseph Stalin’s.

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  • Stormy’s Story
    Tuesday - 01/16/2018 - 10:10 AM

    Not long after the 2016 Republican National Convention, I got a tip from a friend of mine. An old acquaintance of his in California was close to a woman in the adult-film industry who claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump.

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  • No, Not Everything Is Racist
    Friday - 01/12/2018 - 04:43 PM

    I don’t like to accuse people of racism. That word is used far too often, unjustly, to smear good men and women. It has been thrown at House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Dreamer Deal That Wasn’t
    Thursday - 01/11/2018 - 05:39 PM

    Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was confident on Thursday morning.

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  • Why Do Republicans Keep Defending Donald Trump?
    Monday - 01/08/2018 - 06:13 PM

    The past week has revealed a new principle in American politics: As President Trump grows more unhinged, his allies in Congress grow evermore committed to his administration.

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  • Donald Trump Is Incompetent? You Don’t Say.
    Sunday - 01/07/2018 - 06:01 PM

    Grown adults lined up at bookstores late Thursday night to buy copies of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, the dishiest of the Game Change–style palace-intrigue dish genre.

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  • Congress Returns for a Month of Pain
    Wednesday - 01/03/2018 - 07:11 PM

    In recent years, our structurally broken federal government has had to leverage the holiday season in order to perform its basic duty of funding the government for an extended period of time.

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  • The Forgotten Origins of Politics in Sports
    Tuesday - 01/02/2018 - 01:40 PM

    In 1832, horse racing was by far America’s most popular spectator sport. So when horses named Andrew Jackson and Nullifier appeared at the same racetrack in Richmond, Virginia, thousands of people saw their sporting and political interests overlap.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The GOP’s Big Bet
    Thursday - 12/21/2017 - 02:29 PM

    Most of the time when a bill is unpopular, Congress doesn’t pass it. But in an echo of Democratic rhetoric after passing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans hope voters will change their minds about the massive tax overhaul they passed on Wednesday once they see the benefits of the law.

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