Slate: Politics

  • 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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  • It’s Both Difficult and Incredibly Important to Make the Case for Third-Trimester Abortions
    Friday - 02/01/2019 - 05:56 PM

    Conservative politicians and right-wing activists have targeted a Virginia state legislator this week and in the process reignited a nationwide debate about third-trimester abortions. Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill, which was tabled by a House of Delegates subcommittee this week, would have loosened some restrictions on second- and third-trimester abortions, which are legal in the state under specific circumstances.

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  • Mockery, Backlash, or Court
    Thursday - 01/31/2019 - 06:10 PM

    At her weekly press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed great confidence in her negotiators’ ability to strike a border security deal with Republicans ahead of the Feb.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Last Shutdown?
    Monday - 01/28/2019 - 07:15 PM

    How long must a government shutdown go on before Congress decides it can’t risk another one? We may soon find out if 35 days was long enough.

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  • The Pelosi Method
    Friday - 01/25/2019 - 06:34 PM

    Around noon on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expecting some sort of action to end the shutdown to come within the hour. She wasn’t sure exactly what.

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  • A Horrifying Ethical Dilemma
    Thursday - 01/24/2019 - 06:15 PM

    Last month, a 29-year-old woman who’s been in a persistent vegetative state since she was a toddler went into labor and gave birth. An employee of the Arizona health care facility where she’s resided for more than 26 years swears no one had any idea she was pregnant until she started exhibiting signs of physical distress during labor.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Next Step in #MeToo Is for Men to Reckon With Their Male Fragility
    Wednesday - 01/23/2019 - 04:23 PM

    These are devastating times for survivors of sexual assault. It is devastating to live through the constant barrage of new accusations, and it is devastating to have witnessed a credibly accused man like Brett Kavanaugh elevated to the Supreme Court.

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