Slate: Politics

  • What It Was Like to Be Called Out by Putin During the Helsinki Press Conference
    Friday - 07/20/2018 - 06:05 PM

    On this week’s Trumpcast, Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill Browder, who was mentioned by name by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the press conference with Donald Trump on Monday in Helsinki.

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  • Why Anti-Abortion Groups Love Arizona’s New Frozen-Embryo Law
    Thursday - 07/19/2018 - 05:16 PM

    The modern pro-life movement isn’t quite sure what to think about frozen embryos. In vitro fertilization helps people get pregnant, and pro-lifers are unlikely to denounce a procedure that has helped create more than 1 million U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Corrections
    Wednesday - 07/18/2018 - 09:21 AM

    WASHINGTON, July 17—President Trump today walked back comments he made in Helsinki on Monday at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the press conference, Mr. Trump was asked whether Russia was guilty of interference in the 2016 U.S.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Don’t Call It Appeasement
    Tuesday - 07/17/2018 - 12:38 PM

    It’s a funny word, appeasement. It’s the word prominent politicians and pundits are using to describe Donald Trump’s extraordinary decision to side with Vladimir Putin against U.S.

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  • Chicago’s Abusive Police State Is Untenable
    Monday - 07/16/2018 - 12:30 AM

    Early Saturday evening, a Chicago police officer shot and killed Harith Augustus, a 37-year-old black American barber working in the neighborhood where the police had confronted him. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) released body-camera video that shows Augustus becoming agitated after being surrounded and grabbed by officers.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Clueless
    Thursday - 07/12/2018 - 08:09 PM

    On Sunday, New York magazine published an essay by Jonathan Chait that outlines a “plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion” between Donald Trump and his circle and the Russian government during the 2016 campaign.

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  • Brett Kavanaugh Isn’t the Real Threat to Obamacare
    Wednesday - 07/11/2018 - 04:44 PM

    One of the chief arguments Senate Democrats are making against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is that he poses an existential threat to the Affordable Care Act’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

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  • Don’t Look at the Judge Behind the Curtain
    Tuesday - 07/10/2018 - 11:57 AM

    It no longer startles anyone in America that the current president treats nominating a Supreme Court justice like a rose ceremony on The Bachelor. This isn’t, by the way, a subtle comparison: The White House tweeted a preposterous “ad” intended to goose the who-will-he-choose anticipation, and Donald Trump affiliates—like his son—worked hard to drum up reality TV–style suspense and drama with the usual bilge:

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  • Shelter in the Storm
    Friday - 07/06/2018 - 06:13 PM

    In 2014, four years before it became synonymous in the public imagination with the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” family separation policy, Southwest Key Programs applied for a permit from the city of Escondido, California, to open a children’s shelter.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Is Donald Trump Winning on Immigration?
    Thursday - 07/05/2018 - 11:40 AM

    On Tuesday, President Donald Trump taunted Democrats over their support of less restrictive immigration policies, suggesting their stances will lead them to losses in the midterms.

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  • The Hot Seats: Bernie and Alexandria Barnstorm in Kansas
    Friday - 07/20/2018 - 05:50 AM

    The only actual primary this week was down in Alabama, where Rep. Martha Roby survived a bizarre runoff in which she was attacked for some past anti-Trump comments by … a former Democratic member of the House.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Double-Decker Narcissism
    Thursday - 07/19/2018 - 02:31 PM

    The New York Times’ Wednesday story revealing Donald Trump was fully and meticulously briefed before his inauguration about direct Russian interference in the 2016 election solves the mystery once and for all: Trump simply cannot permit his own brain to accept any evidence that he didn’t win the presidency by millions of votes.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Anti-Abortion Ballot Initiatives in Alabama and West Virginia Offer a Preview of Our Post-Roe Future
    Tuesday - 07/17/2018 - 04:02 PM

    This November, residents of Alabama and West Virginia will vote on whether to add anti-abortion language to their states’ constitutions. The two ballot initiatives had been proposed prior to Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court and Donald Trump’s nomination of anti-abortion judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy.

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  • Donald Trump Is Fulfilling All of Those Obama Conspiracy Theories
    Monday - 07/16/2018 - 08:49 PM

    Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency, critics and commentators have played a regular game of What if Obama did that?, in which they contrast conservative outrage with the former president to the complacency toward the current one.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The New Normal
    Friday - 07/13/2018 - 09:14 AM

    The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and the prospect of a solid conservative majority on the Supreme Court has provoked a new kind of rhetoric from many Democrats. “If he proves as eager an executor of the president’s bitter campaign to overturn Roe v.

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  • Made to Suffer for Her Sins
    Thursday - 07/12/2018 - 03:29 PM

    Last spring, Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress worked together to pass a bill that would have gutted the Affordable Care Act. That piece of legislation doubled as an ideological manifesto: By letting states waive insurance protections for women who’ve been pregnant, given birth, survived a sexual assault, or experienced domestic violence, the GOP laid out a medical framework that treated women’s bodies as inherently sick, aberrations from the norm.

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  • Don’t Count on GOP Senators to Break Against Brett Kavanaugh
    Tuesday - 07/10/2018 - 06:22 PM

    We’re one day into the Brett Kavanaugh Wars, and the process is already exhausted. Most senators pre-emptively sorted into their partisan camps with little sign they’re susceptible to persuasion. If the nomination process is going to last for months, they will be tedious months, and there’s little chance that it will conclude with good news for Democrats.

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  • How Conservative Trolls Lost Their Mojo
    Sunday - 07/08/2018 - 08:00 PM

    If there’s one thing trolls know, it’s that there’s power in seeming dumber than you are. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump pretended not to know who David Duke was.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Scott Pruitt’s Legendary Corruption
    Thursday - 07/05/2018 - 07:00 PM

    After months of scandal and controversy, including multiple ethics investigations into his personal spending and connections to the energy industry, Scott Pruitt has resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • White Fight
    Thursday - 07/05/2018 - 05:50 AM

    Under the Trump administration, even naturalized citizens are now a target. The government agency that oversees immigration applications is hiring lawyers and immigration officers to review cases of immigrants suspected of obtaining citizenship through fake identities or other false information on their applications.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Democrats Should Ignore Mitch McConnell’s Ultimatum on Kavanaugh
    Friday - 07/20/2018 - 03:24 PM

    Senate Democrats are in the midst of negotiating with Republicans over the amount of paper records that should be made available ahead of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Trump’s Ties
    Wednesday - 07/18/2018 - 08:43 PM

    For the better part of two years now, reporters have been trying to find the issue or offense that could fracture Donald Trump’s base of support. They have traveled to “Trump country” for regular updates from working-class whites and other key Trump constituents, only to find that those voters have been unmoved by each controversy.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • A Freedom Caucus for the Left? House Progressives Aren’t So Sure.
    Tuesday - 07/17/2018 - 06:22 PM

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the leftist star who is already beginning to grate on some of her entrenched, will-be Democratic colleagues, offered a theory in a recent interview for how the most progressive Democrats in Congress could flex their strength if the party retakes the House in November: Emulate the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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  • Trump vs. Strzok
    Monday - 07/16/2018 - 07:58 PM

    At his press conference in Helsinki on Monday, President Trump couldn’t bring himself to say anything critical of Vladimir Putin. Instead, Trump attacked Peter Strzok, an FBI agent who helped lead the investigations of Hillary Clinton’s emails and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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  • The Real Value of Cambridge Analytica
    Monday - 07/16/2018 - 05:01 AM

    This story was published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington.

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  • Trump’s Trickle-Down Transgressions
    Wednesday - 07/11/2018 - 03:01 PM

    Rep. Jim Jordan, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus and a candidate to replace Paul Ryan as speaker, is one of the most firebrand conservatives in the House of Representatives.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Jim Rat
    Tuesday - 07/10/2018 - 07:41 PM

    The controversy over Rep. Jim Jordan’s role at Ohio State University began with a question about events long ago: In the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Jordan was OSU’s assistant wrestling coach, did he know that the team doctor, Richard Strauss, was sexually groping student wrestlers?More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Jordan Rules
    Friday - 07/06/2018 - 07:55 PM

    Jim Jordan, a Republican congressman from Ohio, wants to be speaker of the House. But he has a problem. From 1986 to 1994, Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Power of “Abolish ICE”
    Friday - 07/06/2018 - 03:23 PM

    Traditionally, conservatives have maintained a monopoly on the kind of rhetoric that imagines dismantling large pieces of the federal government, calling for the abolition of everything from the Departments of Energy and Education to the Internal Revenue Service.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Roe Block
    Tuesday - 07/03/2018 - 02:13 PM

    Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, and liberal panic has set in. “You are going to see 20 states pass laws banning abortion outright—just banning abortion—because they know that there are now going to be five votes on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share