Today’s Impeach-O-Meter: John Kelly Really, Really Loves Working for Donald Trump. (Really!)

The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same. The Impeach-O-Meter got a little heady on Wednesday, raising the prospects of Trump leaving office…
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The NRA Defends the Indefensible

The National Rifle Association claims to represent law-abiding citizens. Its leaders say they oppose new gun laws not for the sake of anarchy or the firearms industry, but for the “good guys” who just want to hunt, go target-shooting, and protect their families. There’s a simple way to test this…
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The “Adult Day Care” Edition

To listen to the discussion, use the player below: On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump administration infighting, Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged gross misconduct, and the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. Here are some of the links and references from…
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Two Simple Ways States Can Fight Donald Trump’s Latest Plan to Sabotage Obamacare

Having failed to repeal Obamacare through Congress, President Trump has once again resorted to jabbing holes in the law with his pen. On Thursday, the president signed an executive order that, in theory, could eventually let Americans buy cheaper health coverage that doesn’t meet many of the Affordable Care Act’s…
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Lawyers vs. White Supremacists

On Wednesday morning, schools across Charlottesville, Virginia, were placed on lockdown following an internet threat of a Las Vegas–style mass shooting. On Wednesday evening, alt-right leader Richard Spencer, who helped mastermind the Aug. 12 white supremacist rally that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was given unchecked airtime…
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Why It’s Reasonable to Feel a Queasy Mix of Emotions About the “Shitty Media Men” Spreadsheet

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, BuzzFeed reported the existence of a Google spreadsheet full of alleged sexual misdeeds. Titled “SHITTY MEDIA MEN,” the document contains a list of a few dozen men in the media industry, each of whom is paired with a description of the accusations against…
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Not Our Mess

On Thursday, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg sat down for an interview with Axios’ Mike Allen to discuss the role the social media platform played in the dissemination of deceptive, potentially Russian-linked information intended to sway American voters in the 2016 election. Sandberg reiterated that Facebook is cooperating with…
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Russia’s Use of Antivirus Software to Spy on the U.S. Shows Why We Need Strong Encryption

On Tuesday, the New York Times and the Washington Post published explosive allegations claiming that anti-virus software made by Kaspersky Labs, which is headquartered in Russia, had been programmed to target U.S. intelligence assets throughout the world. If these allegations are true, it implies that consumer security technology has been…
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American Icons: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Listen to this episode of Studio 360 by clicking the arrow on the audio player below: Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, his first novel, was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man—a counterculture fable that…
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Trump’s Plan to Save Obamacare Could Actually Save Obamacare

Obamacare lives on in a kind of limbo. On the left, there is a growing conviction that single-payer health care is the only way forward and that Obamacare is a well-intentioned half-measure on the road to Berniecare. On the right, Obamacare is as loathed as ever, despite congressional Republicans’ failure…
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