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When Trump Trolls Give Up the War

Walking away from the worst of the internet.

5/18/2019 8:00:07 AM

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Trump admin is denying citizenship to some children of same-sex couples

Roee and Adiel Kiviti have been married almost six years and live in the United States. They are both American citizens, as is their 2-year-old son, Lev. However, they say their infant daughter, Kessem, has been denied birthright citizensh ...

5/18/2019 7:09:46 AM

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The Backwardation Edition

Slate Money on South Africa, real estate, and oil.

5/18/2019 6:00:05 AM

States' restrictive abortion laws brings issue front and center for 2020

With at least two states passing near-total and likely unenforceable abortion bans and others considering restrictive bills, state Republicans behind the legislation are suddenly injecting the issue into the 2020 campaign. Laura Barrón-Lóp ...

5/18/2019 3:52:19 AM

How the business of being president is hurting the Trump business

Multiple new reports show how Trump's businesses have suffered now that he's in the White House "by consumers deciding to turn away from the Trump brand." Brand expert and MSNBC host Donny Deutsch discusses.

5/18/2019 3:29:18 AM

Trump says he was never warned about Flynn. (He was... repeatedly)

After a day spent alleging spying, treason, & fake news, Trump claims he wasn't warned about Flynn. But we KNOW that's not true. Michael Schmidt, Annie Karni, and Harry Litman discuss.

5/18/2019 3:14:30 AM

NYPD commander sent text message saying Eric Garner's death was ‘not a big deal’

It was revealed in a hearing that an NYPD commander sent a text message to another officer on the day Eric Garner was killed saying his death was "Not a big deal. We were effecting a lawful arrest." Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, tells L ...

5/18/2019 3:03:58 AM

Comey hits back at Barr, Trump: "Who Will Stand Up?"

In a pair of late night tweets, James Comey attacked Bill Barr for "sliming" the Justice Department and Trump for inappropriately claiming "treason." Lawrence O’Donnell discusses the statements with Rep. Lloyd Doggett and Rick Stengel.

5/18/2019 2:50:32 AM

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Washington Post: Acting Homeland Security chief threatened to leave over Stephen Miller

Acting Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan threatened to step down this week if he did not get more authority over his agency in response to another attempt by White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller to dictate agency hirin ...

5/18/2019 2:48:29 AM

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Migrant families being flown to San Diego from Texas in U.S. border crisis

Hundreds of detainees from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in Texas and elsewhere are being flown to San Diego for processing beginning on Friday, the agency said.

5/18/2019 2:31:57 AM

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U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin rejects subpoena for Trump tax returns

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defied a congressional subpoena seeking six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns on Friday, all but guaranteeing a federal court battle with Congress over the records.

5/18/2019 2:29:07 AM

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U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin defies House subpoena for Trump's tax returns

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that he would not meet a congressional demand for six years of President Donald Trump's tax returns, all but guaranteeing a federal court battle with Congress over the records.

5/18/2019 2:29:07 AM

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Trump says 'good chance' Democrats will back his immigration, border plan

President Donald Trump on Friday acknowledged he would need some support from Democrats to support his immigration and border agenda, even as opponents soundly rejected his latest proposals as the immigration issue heats up ahead of the 20 ...

5/18/2019 2:27:45 AM

EPA declines to recoup profligate Pruitt spending

Ali Velshi reports on the E.P.A.'s decision not to try to get back any of the $124,000 in travel costs Scott Pruitt racked up in his brief tenure as head of the agency.

5/18/2019 1:57:00 AM

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Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky wins $1.1 billion U.S. defense contract

Sikorsky, a unit of Lockheed Martin Corp, has been awarded a $1.1 billion contract for 12 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters, including logistics and other support, the Pentagon said on Friday.

5/18/2019 1:39:16 AM

Trump judges send cultural wink with Brown v. Board of Ed evasion

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, talks about why Brown v. Board of Education should be treated as settled law and what it means that Republican judges refuse to take a position on the case ou ...

5/18/2019 1:32:00 AM

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A court-ordered review has found 1,712 possible family separation cases so far

In a new court-ordered effort to identify potentially thousands of additional immigrant families that the US government separated at the southern border, more than 1,700 cases of possible separation have been found so far.

5/18/2019 1:31:22 AM

Fearing 2018 repeat, GOP stokes culture wars to rally base

Karine Jean-Pierre, chief public affairs officer for, talks about the latest wave of extreme anti-abortion laws in the context of Republican politics and the strength of energized Democratic women voters and candidates who made ...

5/18/2019 1:20:00 AM

"Arrest Me, You Alabama Cowards"

Writer Emily Atkin on the logical contradiction in state abortion bans that punish doctors but not the women who get the procedure.

5/18/2019 1:14:59 AM

Congress members caution Trump on being duped into war with Iran

Rep. Judy Chu and Rep. Jim Himes discuss a letter from members of Congress to Donald Trump encouraging Trump not to be duped or trapped by hawkish staff members or international interests in a war with Iran.

5/18/2019 1:14:00 AM

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Biden shows early strength, but pitfalls loom in 2020 U.S. presidential race

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has shown surprising strength in the first three weeks of his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, prompting a persistent question: Can anyone stop him?

5/18/2019 12:59:26 AM

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Flynn contacted GOP Mueller critic while cooperating with special counsel

While he was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn contacted at least one member of Congress who was publicly criticizing the special counsel probe, according ...

5/18/2019 12:56:19 AM

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Missouri passes bill that would ban abortion after 8 weeks

The Missouri House on Friday became the latest state legislature to pass a restrictive abortion bill, sending it to the desk of the state's Republican governor, who is expected to sign it into law.

5/18/2019 12:27:12 AM

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Missouri follows Alabama by passing restrictive abortion bill

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill on Friday that prohibits women from seeking an abortion after the eighth week of pregnancy, days after Alabama enacted the most restrictive abortion law in the United States.

5/18/2019 12:20:52 AM

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Alabama's abortion law addresses an urgent human rights issue

If we believe human life is infinitely valuable, then how a pregnancy begins, even through rape or incest, is irrelevant. A preborn human life is at stake, writes Carrie Sheffield. The Alabama law allows exceptions for when the mother's l ...

5/18/2019 12:18:16 AM

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Standoff over venue threatens to derail Trump visit to Ireland

A standoff is heating up between advance teams from the Irish and US governments over a potential presidential visit next month to the Emerald Isle.

5/18/2019 12:08:30 AM

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The Point: This looks like Joe Biden's race to lose now

Joe Biden has been officially running for president for less than a month. But in that short time, he has gone from nominal front-runner of a closely crowded pack of top-tier candidates to the clear frontrunner to be the party's 2020 nomin ...

5/17/2019 11:56:38 PM

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Bill de Blasio’s Presidential Aspirations Are As Dead As Grumpy Cat (Too Soon?)

There’s a link here, and it involves the tragic end of a certain Staten Island groundhog.

5/17/2019 11:48:08 PM

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Stormy Daniels reaches settlement with Michael Cohen and her former attorney

Stormy Daniels has reached a settlement with Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson, her former attorney, in her lawsuit that accused both men of working together to protect President Donald Trump.

5/17/2019 11:40:10 PM

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Merkel's heir apparent denies pressuring German chancellor to resign

The presumptive heir to Angela Merkel denied a report on Friday that she had pressured the German chancellor to step down after an election later this month for the European Parliament in which their conservative party is set to lose groun ...

5/17/2019 11:33:23 PM

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Florida mayor: Trump hotels should take in migrants

A possible government plan to send migrants who are in federal custody to South Florida sparked concern from local officials this week, and one mayor offered a proposal of his own.

5/17/2019 11:28:25 PM

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Men Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories on Social Media. Is That Helpful?

They might not be the most important voices for reproductive rights. But right now, the movement could use all the voices it can get.

5/17/2019 11:23:25 PM

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Unidentified drone causes US Embassy in Baghdad to go into security lockdown

The US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, was put on a security lockdown Thursday after an unidentified drone was detected nearby.

5/17/2019 11:22:52 PM

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Court to consider unsealing more Mueller investigation details after CNN request

The chief judge of the DC District Court has opened a court proceeding prompted by CNN to consider more transparency in the Mueller investigation.

5/17/2019 11:10:15 PM

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Bernie Sanders calls for end to for-profit U.S. charter schools

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is calling for a sweeping overhaul of publicly-funded charter schools, rolling out a plan on Saturday that will put him at odds with some of his opponents and underscore his renewed efforts to ...

5/17/2019 10:55:06 PM

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Clarence Thomas cooperating with filmmakers for new documentary

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is cooperating with producers for a documentary expected to debut in 2020, nearly 30 years after his polarized confirmation hearings and amid recurring speculation over whether he is considering retire ...

5/17/2019 10:30:37 PM

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The Alabama Abortion Law Is a Disaster for Republicans

Banning abortion is unpopular. Banning abortion for rape victims is insanely unpopular.

5/17/2019 10:15:38 PM

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Obama announces DNC's 'Unity Fund' to back party nominee

Former President Barack Obama announced on Friday a new initiative from the Democratic National Committee to back the party's eventual nominee for president.

5/17/2019 10:02:40 PM

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The Angle: Everything You Need to Prepare for the <em>Game of Thrones</em> Finale

How will the show end? We took some guesses.

5/17/2019 9:52:27 PM

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Democratic lawmaker to turn to lawyers over Trump taxes

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said on Friday he was consulting with counsel on how best to enforce his subpoena for President Donald Trump's tax returns after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin turned down his de ...

5/17/2019 9:49:22 PM

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Trump's diversion of billions for border wall faces first U.S. court test

The U.S. House of Representatives took its battle over the Trump administration's border wall to federal court on Friday, urging a judge to stop billions of dollars from being transferred toward construction of the barrier without approval ...

5/17/2019 9:40:41 PM

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Former CIA officer jailed for 20 years for spying for China

A former spy for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison after being convicted on charges of conspiring to transmit U.S. defense secrets to China, the Justice Department said.

5/17/2019 9:20:15 PM

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Ohio State Investigation Finds Team Doctor Abused at Least 177 Students

The abuse occurred over two decades, and coaches, trainers, and university leaders knew about it, the report says.

5/17/2019 9:13:42 PM

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Mnuchin defies House Democrats' subpoenas for Trump's tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Friday defied subpoena requests from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal for President Donald Trump's tax returns.

5/17/2019 9:07:17 PM

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Carly Rae Jepsen May Never Have Another Hit. That’s Perfect.

With Dedicated, the queen of nonpopular pop ascends to her throne, just where we want her to be.

5/17/2019 8:58:07 PM

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Werner Herzog Narrates a Kooky Cat Video

“There’s something utterly, profoundly mysterious and hilarious about cats.”

5/17/2019 8:49:00 PM

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The FBI Found These Cybercriminals Because They Were Advertising Their Skills Online

How the FBI and Eastern European countries tracked down those responsible for the GozNym malware—without any help from Russia.

5/17/2019 8:18:32 PM

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US lifts steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico

President Donald Trump is expected to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico as soon as Friday afternoon, according to an official familiar with the plans.

5/17/2019 7:59:34 PM

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Corporations, events face boycott threats over U.S. abortion laws

Companies operating in Alabama and Georgia, ranging from Toyota to Netflix, as well as an Alabama music festival faced boycott threats on Friday after the states passed near-total bans on abortion.

5/17/2019 7:46:11 PM

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Fact checking Trump's tweet on Flynn

President Donald Trump on Friday jumped into the ongoing drama surrounding his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who told special counsel Robert Mueller about efforts by Trump's lawyers to influence his cooperation with the R ...

5/17/2019 7:40:46 PM

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Trump says looking at alternatives to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday his administration was looking at alternatives to the conservatorship of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

5/17/2019 7:34:56 PM

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The Senate Is Giving Trump Loyalist Judges to Shield Him From the Law

The faster Trump lards up the federal bench, the more likely he is to draw judicial rulings in his favor.

5/17/2019 7:25:27 PM

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Democratic lawmaker opens up about once considering an abortion

Democratic Rep. Katie Hill said the "shame" and the "emotional turmoil" she felt while deciding as a teenager whether to terminate her pregnancy helped shape her views "forever" on abortion and the role of government, an issue now dominati ...

5/17/2019 7:23:01 PM

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Where Rich People Don’t Own Cars, Mapped

Auto ownership used to be a signifier of wealth. That’s changing, but only in some places.

5/17/2019 7:01:32 PM

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Must People in Group Chats Constantly Talk About Their Group Chats?

Stop reminding me I'm not in any.

5/17/2019 6:39:01 PM

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Former intel analyst pleads not guilty to leaking secret documents

A former National Security Agency intelligence analyst pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he leaked classified information to a reporter.

5/17/2019 5:48:35 PM

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Trump says Mulvaney had 'no right' if he cast doubt on infrastructure talks

President Donald Trump expressed frustrations against his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, for questioning the prospects of striking a deal with Democrats on an infrastructure plan, placing doubt on whether Mulvaney actually criticize ...

5/17/2019 5:34:17 PM

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Slate Spoiler Specials: <em>John Wick: Chapter 3</em>

Three critics discuss the latest movie in the Keanu Reeves franchise in spoiler-filled detail.

5/17/2019 5:32:45 PM

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Buttigieg wields his military credentials

Pete Buttigieg wields his military service as both a sword and a shield in his race for the White House. Whether he's reassuring voters about his experience for office or quieting anti-gay protesters, Afghanistan is often his answer. ...

5/17/2019 5:29:27 PM

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<em>The Big Bang Theory</em> Ended With a Whimper

TV’s longest-running sitcom drew to a close Thursday night.

5/17/2019 4:58:50 PM

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RNC chairwoman says Alabama abortion law goes too far

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Friday that she believes the newly passed bill in Alabama that effectively bans abortion in the state goes too far.

5/17/2019 4:50:17 PM

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The Robert Pattinson Will Be The Batman

Pattinson is taking a break from working with the likes of David Cronenberg and Claire Denis to dabble in franchise filmmaking.

5/17/2019 4:50:11 PM

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Second U.S. appeals court rules Trump cannot end protections for 'Dreamers'

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that President Donald Trump cannot end a program that shielded from deportation immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, the second time the administration has lost an appeal on the is ...

5/17/2019 4:41:32 PM

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Music Trivia: How Phil Collins Reinvented Drumming in the ’80s

How much do you know about Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, and Genesis? Quiz yourself here.

5/17/2019 4:40:06 PM

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It’s Time to Reconsider Ned Stark’s Legacy on <em>Game of Thrones</em>

He’s long served as a cautionary tale about the limits of idealism. But maybe Ned Stark was right.

5/17/2019 3:47:42 PM

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Florida Officials Denounce Trump Plan to Send Hundreds of Immigrants a Week to Democratic Counties

Broward and Palm Beach counties have said they cannot feed and house the asylum-seekers.

5/17/2019 3:38:49 PM

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Another appeals court rules against Trump administration's rescinding of DACA

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Trump administration's decision to rescind a program protecting young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from being deported violates federal law.

5/17/2019 3:30:09 PM

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The Point: Now we know why Donald Trump was SO focused on Michael Flynn

At nearly every turn of the probe into Russian interference into the 2016 election, President Donald Trump was working to make sure Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, knew that the White House was on his side -- and that ...

5/17/2019 3:25:48 PM

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Trump on Pete Buttigieg's marriage to a man: 'I think it's absolutely fine'

President Donald Trump offered his support to one of his 2020 primary rivals, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who would be the first married gay US president.

5/17/2019 3:21:31 PM

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The <em>Game of Thrones</em> Name Generator

With the click of a button, discover your Westerosi name.

5/17/2019 2:57:16 PM

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Should Cameras Be Allowed in the Courtroom?

A federal judge explains why the judiciary is so slow to change.

5/17/2019 2:29:18 PM

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Slate Writers Predict the End of <em>Game of Thrones</em>

Who will end up on the Iron Throne? And will there be direwolves?

5/17/2019 1:48:27 PM

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Senator Warren calls for federal laws protecting abortion access

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday called for overhauling federal law to ensure that women continue to have access to abortion amid efforts in states like Alabama and Ohio to enact bans on the procedure.

5/17/2019 12:03:30 PM

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Elizabeth Warren warns Republican efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade 'just might work'

Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out a new proposal Friday morning that calls on Congress to codify federal protections for abortion rights as she warned Republican efforts to undo Roe v. Wade "just might work."

5/17/2019 12:00:04 PM

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<em>The Souvenir</em> Director Joanna Hogg on Re-Creating Her Own Artistic Origin Story

How the filmmaker used old film projects, photographs, and diary entries to create her Sundance-winning drama.

5/17/2019 11:30:00 AM

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Dear Care and Feeding: My Child Keeps Getting Invited to School-Night Sleepovers

Parenting advice on sleepovers, traveling away from children, and relatives.

5/17/2019 10:00:03 AM

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Think You’re Smarter Than Slate’s Technology Editor? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.

Test your knowledge of this week’s big stories.

5/17/2019 9:52:00 AM

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Can Thomas Harris Escape the Shadow of Hannibal Lecter?

The serial killer thriller was Reaganism’s psychosexual counterpart, the pop culture id of the 1980s. What is it now?

5/17/2019 9:45:00 AM

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Florida’s Election Systems Got Hacked. The Government Says You Should Want the Details to Stay Secret.

The FBI divulges national security secrets on a need-to-know basis. Does the voting public need to know?

5/17/2019 9:00:03 AM

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Alabama boycott builds as states retaliate against abortion law

A movement to boycott Alabama over its near-ban on abortion gained momentum Thursday as officials in Maryland and Colorado called for economic retaliation and online flyers urged people not to buy anything in, or from Alabama.

5/17/2019 8:49:30 AM

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Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 13

Our mistakes for the week.

5/17/2019 8:08:01 AM

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Flynn detailed attempts to obstruct Russia probe: U.S. court filing

Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller information about attempts by people tied to the Trump administration and Congress to obstruct the Russia investigation, court documents released on Th ...

5/17/2019 6:42:38 AM

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Alabama abortion law draws some criticism, mostly silence from national Republicans

Several Republicans in the U.S. Congress are criticizing a new Alabama law that will ban nearly all abortions in the state as too extreme, saying exceptions should be made for rape and incest and questioning whether it will hold up in cour ...

5/17/2019 4:33:07 AM

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Mike Flynn Contacted Multiple Times by Trump Allies Trying to Interfere With His Russia Investigation Cooperation

Flynn provided a voicemail of one of the calls to investigators.

5/17/2019 2:31:04 AM

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Can Alabama Get Its Unconstitutional Abortion Ban to the Supreme Court?

Don’t states with the nation’s worst child and maternal mortality rates have anything better to do?

5/17/2019 12:36:49 AM

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My Dog Goes Barking Mad During Thunderstorms. What Can I Do?

It seems like we’ve tried everything.

5/17/2019 12:02:56 AM

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Political Cartoonists Often Portray Countries And Their Challenges As People. So Should Historians.

In his latest book, Jared Diamond compares personal crises to national ones.

5/16/2019 11:46:57 PM

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The New <em>John Wick</em> Finds Even More Absurd Ways to Murder People

Chapter 3 in the Keanu Reeves franchise makes clear these movies are best enjoyed as comedy.

5/16/2019 11:22:44 PM

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I’ve Enjoyed Our Open Marriage. But Now It’s My Wife’s Turn to Date—and I’m Freaking Out.

I loved my first “date,” but now it’s her turn, and I’m a mess.

5/16/2019 11:00:01 PM

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Trump Says “Experts Are Terrible.” Does the Supreme Court Agree?

There’s reason to worry about what the court will do.

5/16/2019 10:49:32 PM

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More Than Half a Million Fans Demand a Do-Over for <em>Game of Thrones </em>Season 8

"The Bells" seems to have been the last straw for many signers of a petition.

5/16/2019 10:17:36 PM

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Here Are All the Ways the Dog Dies in <em>A Dog’s Journey</em>

This dog just won’t stop dying.

5/16/2019 9:32:08 PM

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How Herzog Does Herzog (and Reacts to Being Parodied)

The director on Meeting Gorbachev. Plus, “When Doves Cry” at 35 and Beth McCarthy-Miller on directing TV comedy.

5/16/2019 9:00:00 PM

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The Angle: What Happened to Rape and Incest Exceptions?

The anti-abortion movement now deals only in absolutes.

5/16/2019 8:51:45 PM

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Something Weird Is Going on With Facebook Groups

It’s the Zuccening.

5/16/2019 8:19:21 PM