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 2018-08-16 13:04 

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The Role of Women in the "Bullshit Workforce"...

In 2013, the anthropologist and activist David Graeber wrote an essay called "On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs" for the fledgling radical magazine Strike. The response to the piece was so overwhelming that Graeber used it as a jumping-off point ...

 2018-08-16 12:09 

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Throw Away Your Flimsy Cloth Bibs...

I love food and planning, and so from the time my baby was born I hotly anticipated the time when she would start eating things that weren't milk. Of course she'd get messy, I knew, so I'd need some cute bibs to keep her solid food off her cut...

 2018-08-16 11:38 

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Why Do We Give Our Pets Death With Dignity but Not Ourselves?...

The room is dim and hushed. On the floor before me lies a shaggy bear of a dog. His name is Shep, and he's some combination of Great Pyrenees and probably German shepherd. His owners, Anne and Rich, adopted him to guard their dairy goats from coyotes,...

 2018-08-16 11:33 

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How Other Countries Have Translated The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society's Absurdly Long Title...

Netflix's new movie, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society , is a bit of a tongue-twister, and even its characters know it: "Crikey, that's quite a mouthful," says one, when confronted with the words on a page. The film borrows...

 2018-08-16 10:30 

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The Only Tools You'll Need for Practically Any DIY Home-Repair Job...

Without intending to brag, I can say that I'm a pretty handy guy. I've rewired light switches, installed overhead lamps, replaced damaged doors, and installed a sprinkler system. Here's the thing, though: I am in no way a naturally handy perso...

 2018-08-16 10:00 

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My Husband Hates It When I Go Out Dancing...

Dear Prudence, I have been with my husband for seven years and we have been married for a little less than one. He is the love of my life and we have a lot in common but there is one thing we cannot seem to agree on. A couple of times a month, I like to g...

 2018-08-16 09:57 

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When Garnishes Turn Garish...

The Pickle is Slate's food and cooking advice column. Got a sticky situation in the kitchen? Email us at slatepickle@gmail.com . (Questions may be edited lightly for length and clarity.)...

 2018-08-16 02:37 

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Trump Reportedly Loosens Rules of Engagement on American Cyberattacks, Reversing Obama-Era Restrictions...

President Trump loosened the set of classified rules governing the use of cyberattacks by the U.S. government, reversing the Obama-era Presidential Policy Directive 20 that established interagency procedures for using cyberweapons, particularly against fo...

 2018-08-16 00:41 

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Sues State of Colorado Over Treatment After Now Refusing to Make Transgender Birthday Cake...

The Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. could be headed back to court just months after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of shop owner Jack Phillips for his 2012 refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple due to his religious objection to same-se...

 2018-08-15 23:22 

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A Guide to Crazy Rich Asians' Many Cameos, Homages, and Easter Eggs...

Crazy Rich Asians is, by necessity and design, a romantic comedy meant to appeal to an array of audiences. But make no mistake: It's not a movie that just happens to feature actors of Asian descent. Director Jon M. Chu, co-writer Adele Lim, and star C...

 2018-08-15 23:06 

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It's Indeed Hilarious That Don Jr. and Kim Reportedly Call Each Other "Junior Mint" and "Pooh Bear"...

Imagine the face of Donald Trump Jr. Imagine his slicked-back hair, his glassy stare, his ability to bare his teeth for a smile without moving a single muscle on the upper half of his face. Now imagine him gazing straight into your eyes and murmuring, ...

 2018-08-15 22:13 

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Say Goodbye to All Your Favorite Portlandia Characters in This Nostalgic "For Your Consideration" Ad...

Over its eight seasons, Portlandia introduced us to various kooky characters, many of them played in pairs by stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Some standouts over the past decade include Candace and Toni of the feminist bookstore Women and Women ...

 2018-08-15 22:02 

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Manafort Case Headed to Jury as Prosecutors Confront Gates Testimony Questions Head On...

Arguments in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's tax and bank fraud trial wrapped up on Wednesday, after the defense opted not to call any witnesses as part of its case....

 2018-08-15 21:50 

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The Angle: He Wrote the Foreword Edition...

Not about that: Isaac Chotiner interviews an author of a laudatory new book about Henry Kissinger and negotiation and politely, yet firmly, refuses to let him sidestep the question of the morality of Kissinger's actions....

 2018-08-15 21:21 

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Killing Affirmative Action Won't Fix Harvard's Prejudiced Admissions...

My 9-year-old brother is a happy, healthy, wide-eyed third-grader. He sneaks a flashlight under the covers at night to read Harry Potter and goes on and on about Minecraft and Legos. He's also brilliant and full of creative energy, excels at math and ...

 2018-08-15 20:56 

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Why Republicans Just Impeached the Entire West Virginia Supreme Court...

What the hell is going on in West Virginia? On Monday, the House of Delegates impeached the entire state Supreme Court on charges focusing on the justices' lavish spending on office refurbishments. Republicans, who led the drive to oust the whole benc...

 2018-08-15 20:42 

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This Song About Being a Cow Is the Worthy Successor to the "In My Feelings" Challenge...

Doja Cat has been releasing music for about five years now, but perhaps her most mainstream claim to fame is a throwaway song about playacting as a cow. (Yeah, I didn't see that one coming either.) Last week, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-ra...

 2018-08-15 20:32 

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Midwestern Democrats Get Some Help at the Top of the Ticket...

Tuesday's batch of primaries was heavy on historic firsts but light on suspense. The night's biggest surprise occurred in a state that held its primary last week: Kansas, where interim Gov. Jeff Colyer unexpectedly conceded the GOP nomination to T...

 2018-08-15 20:19 

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iPhones and Androids Need a GPS Button...

On Monday, an investigation by the Associated Press revealed that Google tracks and stores users' locations even when they've told it not to ....

 2018-08-15 20:18 

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Former National Security Officials Respond To Trump Pulling John Brennan's Security Clearance...

President Donald Trump's revocation of former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan's security clearance—and his threat to remove the clearances of several current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials—sent ...

 2018-08-15 20:12 

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Don't Cry for Tim Pawlenty...

After decisively losing his comeback bid for Minnesota governor to a little-known county commissioner in Tuesday's Republican primary, Tim Pawlenty told a reporter for the Minnesota Star-Tribune that he no longer had a place in Donald Trump's Repu...

 2018-08-15 20:11 

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How Did an Alabama County Just Open Its First Integrated School?...

A public charter school in the rural town of Livingston, Alabama, opened its doors on Monday and made history: It was Sumter County's first integrated school, AL.com reported. How—almost 65 years after the Brown v. Board Supreme Court case&mdash...

 2018-08-15 19:47 

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Maximum Override...

In his latest move to expand executive powers into new realms, President Donald Trump declared Monday night that he would ignore or override 51 sections of the $716 billion defense authorization bill that he'd signed just hours earlier....

 2018-08-15 19:05 

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Trump Revokes Former CIA Chief John Brennan's Security Clearance, Puts Other Political Nemeses on Review List...

President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the White House press briefing Wednesday. Reading a statement from the president himself,...

 2018-08-15 19:04 

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How Nuclear War Happened...

The title of Jeffrey Lewis's new novel, The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States , gives you a pretty good idea of what's inside. Written in the style of the 9/11 Commission Report, it recounts a dis...

 2018-08-15 18:38 

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When Does an Immigrant Become an American?...

David S. Glosser's extraordinary condemnation of his nephew Stephen Miller, the presidential adviser, in a widely read Politico op-ed this week, is the story of an American mystery: How can a man who owes his very life to the country's tradition a...

 2018-08-15 17:32 

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How Sarah Sanders Came Up With the Extremely False Idea That Trump Has Created More Jobs for Blacks Than Obama...

During the White House press briefing on Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made headlines when she couldn't guarantee that President Donald Trump had never said the N-word on tape. In the course of that answer, she said something similar...

 2018-08-15 17:32 

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If You Build It, Will They Sponsor?...

San Francisco's newest landmark opened on Sunday, a two-and-a-half-block, $2.2-billion bus station with a park on the roof. The public transportation terminal is named not for local leaders Harvey Milk, Ed Lee, or Nancy Pelosi, but for the software co...

 2018-08-15 17:30 

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Attention, Cyclists: It's Fine for Non-Bikers to Use the Bike Lane...

The Spokes Man is a series with Slate's Henry Grabar ruling on the dilemmas of the urban biker....

 2018-08-15 17:29 

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Future Tense Newsletter: How Sex Robots May Remake Marriage...

Greetings, Future Tensers,...

 2018-08-15 16:08 

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Sending Your Kid to College? Send Them With Fentanyl Testing Strips and Naloxone....

It was 16 years ago this August when I first set foot as a freshman on a college campus. Perhaps the experience is particularly vivid for me because now, as a college professor, I teach in a building just a few dozen yards from where I, as a student, dran...

 2018-08-15 16:00 

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This Week's Other Asian American Rom-Com Is Streaming on Netflix...

I gained a whole new appreciation for the book version of Jenny Han's YA bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before while watching its Netflix adaptation (premiering on the streaming service Aug. 17). Han's high-concept teen romance is sickl...

 2018-08-15 14:58 

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Twitter Suspends Alex Jones for Inciting Violence...

Twitter issued a week-long suspension Tuesday to an account belonging to InfoWars's marquee conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones....

 2018-08-15 14:42 

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Devastating Report of Abuse by Catholic Priests in Pennsylvania Finds More Than 1,000 Victims...

In a gutting, 1,400-page report released Tuesday, a grand jury in Pennsylvania said internal documents show more than 1,000 people have credibly accused 300 Catholic priests in the state of sexual abuse. Many of those victims testified about the abuse and...

 2018-08-15 13:14 

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Late Night's Amber Ruffin Finds a Guilt-Free Way to Enjoy Woody Allen Movies and The Cosby Show Again...

"Are you tired of trying to separate the art from the artist?" asks Amber Ruffin at the beginning of a new bit on Late Night with Seth Meyers . As more and more creators are publicly accused of sexual harassment and assault, listening to a Chris B...

 2018-08-15 13:00 

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We Have to Be Smart About Artificial Intelligence in Medicine...

For millions of people suffering from diabetes, new technology enabled by artificial intelligence promises to make management much easier. Medtronic's Guardian Connect system promises to alert users 10 to 60 minutes before they hit high or low blood s...

 2018-08-15 10:30 

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How to Prevent Houseflies, According to Experts...

If you're someone who would never hurt a fly, controlling pests in your home can become a kind of moral dilemma. But there's no denying that a buzzing bug can be a nuisance. The key to getting rid of flies in your home is to prevent them in the fi...

 2018-08-15 10:00 

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Can We Give Our 17-Year-Old a Bedtime?...

Care and Feeding is Slate's parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Email careandfeeding@gmail.com or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group ....

 2018-08-15 09:55 

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"We Didn't Really Want to Weigh In"...

Henry Kissinger may be 95 years old, with his crucial years of government service long behind him, but in many influential circles his reputation as a master diplomat remains undimmed. He offers advice to Republican and Democratic administrations; counsel...

 2018-08-15 09:50 

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We the Animals Is a One-of-a-Kind Movie Adapted From a Seemingly Unadaptable Novel...

Justin Torres' We the Animals is a slim, lyrical gut-punch of a novel. Composed of vignettes that offer unfettered access to the interior life of their protagonist and little dialogue, it's all formative feelings and scattered recollections that s...

 2018-08-15 09:45 

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Guys! Exclamation Points Are Out of Control....

Everyone knows that ending a sentence with a period is just about the rudest thing one human can do to another, murder and cuckoldry notwithstanding....

 2018-08-15 04:20 

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Wondering Whether or Not You Should Kill Your Friends? Consult the United States Navy's 1943 Training Film "Don't Kill Your Friends!"...

It's always nice when a movie has a positive, practical message, and there's no message more practical or positive than "don't kill your friends." That simple, but easy to forget piece of human wisdom is at the center of "Don't...

 2018-08-15 03:53 

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"Iron Stache" Randy Bryce Wins Democratic Nomination to Replace Paul Ryan...

Union steel worker Randy Bryce easily won the Democratic nomination in Wisconsin's 1 st Congressional District on Tuesday, after becoming the first viral-video darling of the midterms cycle last year. The victory gives Democrats a well-funded nominee ...

 2018-08-15 03:42 

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Woman Who Designed Designing Women Redesigning Designing Women...

Designing Women , a sitcom originally designed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, is now being redesigned by original series designer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, TV Line reports . The original version of Designing Women, which was designed around four women who...

 2018-08-15 02:56 

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Christine Hallquist Makes History as First Trans Nominee for Governor...

If she can defeat Vermont Gov. Phil Scott this November, Christine Hallquist would become the first openly trans governor in U.S. history. For the time being, though, she can celebrate making a little history along the way:...

 2018-08-15 02:50 

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Kansas Gov. Concedes GOP Gubernatorial Primary to Kris Kobach, Forgoing Recount Despite Trailing by Just Several Hundred Votes...

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded the Republican gubernatorial primary to state Secretary of State Kris Kobach Tuesday, a week after polls closed without a clear winner. Colyer, who became governor in January after then-Gov. Sam Brownback resigned to take ...

 2018-08-15 02:33 

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Keith Ellison Easily Wins Minnesota A.G. Primary Despite Abuse Allegations...

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison cruised to the Democratic nomination for Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday, just days after allegations surfaced that he had once physically assaulted his former girlfriend....

 2018-08-15 02:23 

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Is It Normal for White House Officials to Sign Nondisclosure Agreements?...

Is This Normal? is a Slate series that attempts to determine which controversial Trump World behaviors are outrageously unprecedented, which are outrageous but within the realm of what others have gotten away with, and which shouldn't be considered ou...

 2018-08-14 23:49 

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Nearly 11 Months After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Announces Full Power Has Been Restored At Last...

Puerto Rico celebrated a belated, but welcome milestone Tuesday when the American territory's electric utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), announced it had restored power to 100 percent of those homes and businesses that went da...

 2018-08-14 21:33 

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The Angle: Kansas Muddle Edition...

Naturally: Kris Kobach was the Kansas secretary of state for almost eight years, and it was his job to make sure the state's election procedures were shipshape, Mark Joseph Stern writes. So of course, because Kris Kobach is a disaster, the aftermath o...

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