Slate: Politics

  • Kevin McCarthy Is Lying About Ilhan Omar
    Tuesday - 03/12/2019 - 02:55 PM

    Three times in the past week, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has accused Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, of making explicit, derogatory comments about Jews. McCarthy is lying: Omar has never made such comments.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • What’s It Like to Be a “Bernie Bro” Heading Into 2020?
    Monday - 03/04/2019 - 05:45 AM

    The figure of the “Bernie bro” entered the last election cycle thanks to a zippy Atlantic essay by Robinson Meyer published in October 2015. Meyer described this new archetype as a young white male specimen who was well-educated, performatively progressive, and extremely online.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Schumer’s Climate Change Forecast: Mostly Cloudy
    Tuesday - 03/05/2019 - 03:18 PM

    Chuck Schumer wants Democrats to use the climate change debate to their advantage in 2020. In a New York Times interview published Monday, the Senate minority leader previewed a political strategy based on a barrage of daily floor speeches attacking Republicans for failing to take global warming seriously and a proposal to create a new committee to deal with the issue.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How House Democrats Totally Bungled This Ilhan Omar Controversy
    Thursday - 03/07/2019 - 08:06 PM

    During her weekly press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ran through a list of the agenda items Democrats had either passed already or would pass soon: expanded background checks for gun sales, a restoration of net neutrality rules, protections for Dreamers, equal-pay-for-equal-work legislation, a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and most notably, H.R.

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  • Bernie’s Got Baggage
    Tuesday - 02/26/2019 - 06:30 PM

    Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign launched like a rocket. Within 24 hours of his official kickoff, the Vermont senator had raised a staggering $6 million, quadruple the previous known first-day record, and within a week, his campaign had signed up more than 1 million volunteers.

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  • But His Emails
    Tuesday - 02/19/2019 - 05:50 AM

    Donald Trump has been formally running for re-election for about a year now, and as with all modern campaigns, the Trump team sends regular emails to its supporters, offering updates on the candidate’s work and soliciting donations.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Democratic Primary Is About to Get a Center Lane
    Wednesday - 02/13/2019 - 06:16 PM

    The early days of 2019—which is to say, the early days of the 2020 campaign—have been dominated by the Democratic Party’s left wing. Early big-name entrants Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand were all quick to plant their flags squarely on progressive soil.

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  • Trump’s Followers Believe His Lies About the Wall
    Tuesday - 02/12/2019 - 07:10 PM

    On Monday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in El Paso, Texas. He chose the location based on his claim, delivered in last week’s State of the Union address, that a border wall had rescued the city from rampant crime.

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  • Nancy Pelosi Has Gained Enough Power to Be Flattened Into a Meme
    Wednesday - 02/06/2019 - 06:19 PM

    With the possible exception of a bizarre rhyming couplet, few words of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address will linger in the public memory past Thursday.

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  • The Alarming Message in Trump’s State of the Union
    Wednesday - 02/06/2019 - 11:41 AM

    Three years ago, when Donald Trump emerged as the Republican presidential front-runner, critics decried his ruthlessness. Since then, they’ve grown numb to it.

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  • The President’s Budget Is a Blueprint for Another Government Shutdown
    Monday - 03/11/2019 - 07:07 PM

    The president’s annual budget request is just that: a request, sent to Congress, for legislators to glance at for five seconds before disposing in the paper shredder. It has no force of law, which is why it is often portrayed as the White House’s “statement of priorities” for the coming fiscal year.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How Mitch McConnell Lost Control
    Monday - 03/04/2019 - 05:24 PM

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Monday that he’s done the math, and he’s going to lose: The Senate will vote to terminate President Donald Trump’s national emergency on the Southern border.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Mayor Makes His Move
    Thursday - 03/07/2019 - 03:06 PM

    For a rising star in the Democratic Party and candidate for president, Julián Castro’s visit to Los Angeles on Monday was strikingly low-key. The former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development met with a small group of students at UCLA, where he received a warm welcome, and later sat with immigration-policy faculty at a conference room inside the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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  • Trump’s Secret Wars
    Friday - 03/08/2019 - 04:13 PM

    President Trump’s executive order this week removing a requirement that the government disclose estimates of civilians killed by U.S. airstrikes outside of war zones won’t change very much—in practice. But that doesn’t mean it’s nothing to worry about.

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  • Republicans’ Cynical Excuses for Trump’s Power Grab
    Tuesday - 02/19/2019 - 02:49 PM

    President Donald Trump wanted $5.7 billion to build a border wall. But Congress gave him only $1.4 billion. So on Friday, Trump declared a national emergency. He claimed authority, based on the 1976 National Emergencies Act, to build his wall using money that Congress had assigned to other purposes.

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  • What Is “Dirt” in 2019?
    Monday - 02/18/2019 - 07:00 PM

    Last fall, a tipster sent the progressive opposition research firm American Bridge an old video clip of Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette. The 39-second scene opens with a woman off-screen asking a seated Schuette to move closer to a lamp to his right, as they prepare to tape a television interview.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Lesson Democrats Should Take From the Ilhan Omar Controversy
    Wednesday - 02/13/2019 - 11:04 AM

    The day that began with a media furor around Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent tweets did not end the way many on the left feared it would. While centrist Democrats and the party’s leadership predictably criticized the first-year congresswoman from Minnesota for her tweets about the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), most of the party’s progressive base rallied behind her.

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  • Republicans Really Need to Sell Trump on This Border Deal
    Tuesday - 02/12/2019 - 07:39 PM

    President Donald Trump is not a fan of the border deal that congressional negotiators struck Monday night, the one that he would need to sign by the end of the week to avoid the year’s second government shutdown.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Democrats Should Not Think Twice About Canceling Racist, Sexist Politicians
    Wednesday - 02/06/2019 - 01:54 PM

    In the days since a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook was published, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has resisted calls for resignation from all corners of his party.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • At Least He Rhymed
    Wednesday - 02/06/2019 - 01:23 AM

    Donald Trump turned to the most lethal of oratorical tools in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address: the rhyme. To summarize his argument that Democratic investigations into his administration could imperil America’s economic gains, he said: “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.” And then—copying directly from the prepared text here—the follow-up: “It just doesn’t work that way!”

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  • The Old, White Giant
    Monday - 03/11/2019 - 04:51 PM

    The very early months of the Democratic nominating race have been far from predictable. Kamala Harris shot up to the top tier pretty much overnight. Bernie Sanders revealed that he’d spent the past four years building a small-donor ATM.

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  • Ilhan Omar Has a Point
    Tuesday - 03/05/2019 - 12:25 AM

    In early 2015, as the Obama administration was deep into negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who stridently opposed the deal, to address a joint session of Congress.

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  • The Only Thing Harder Than Winning the Presidency
    Wednesday - 03/06/2019 - 05:00 PM

    It is only appropriate that Senate Democrats who’ve chosen not to run for president should be the ones hyping their announcements, since they, at this point, seem to be the outliers.So it was on Monday night that Oregon Sen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Who Counts at the Border?
    Wednesday - 02/27/2019 - 12:21 PM

    A 24-year-old Honduran woman went into early labor and delivered a stillborn baby while she was in custody at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in South Texas last week.

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  • Trump’s “National Emergency” Is a Ploy Straight Out of Venezuela
    Tuesday - 02/26/2019 - 06:35 PM

    On Tuesday, House Republicans voted to support President Trump’s assertion of unchecked executive power. Trump has invoked a law passed 43 years ago—which was designed to facilitate presidential action in times of desperate haste, such as war or disaster—to seize power from Congress and override its explicit instructions.

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  • I Can’t Stop Analyzing Trump’s Friday Rose Garden Speech
    Monday - 02/18/2019 - 10:52 AM

    There is not a lot to add to the collected writings of the brilliant folks who watched Donald Trump’s Rose Garden ramblings on Friday.

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  • In 2020, Voters Should Abandon Their Obsession With “Authenticity”
    Wednesday - 02/13/2019 - 06:20 PM

    The launch of the 2020 presidential contest has triggered yet another round of uniquely American anxiety around the stability of character.We’re only a few weeks into the nascent primary campaign, and already the public discourse is mired in a debate that seems to be consumed with which of the Democratic candidates is in fact tricking us.

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  • The Least Pro-Life President Ever
    Friday - 02/08/2019 - 08:03 PM

    On Tuesday night, in his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called for legislation to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. “Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life,” said Trump.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Why It Doesn’t Matter if Ralph Northam Wasn’t in That Racist Photo
    Wednesday - 02/06/2019 - 04:47 PM

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he never even bought his medical school yearbook. He could not have known, therefore, about the racist photo that appeared on his page—of two figures, one in blackface, one in Ku Klux Klan robes—neither of whom, he says, is him.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Stacey Abrams Showed Democrats How to Win the Fight for Abortion Rights
    Wednesday - 02/06/2019 - 01:27 AM

    The State of the Union address Donald Trump gave on Tuesday night was full of forced, awkward transitions. The weirdest had to do with babies. Trump boasted of being the first president to propose a national paid family leave plan in his budget, “so that every new parent has the chance to bond with their newborn child.” Then, speaking of newborns: “There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days.”

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