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The “One-Page Tax Plan” 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 efforts to pass health care and tax plans before President Trump’s 100-day mark, Obama’s Wall Street speech, and a judge who blocked an executive order on sanctuary cities. Advertisement Here are some of the links and references ...

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The Angle: Kansas Nation Edition

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback views tornado damage highly symbolic of the wreck his policies made of the state’s finances in 2012 in Wichita. Julie Denesha/Getty Images Let’s not be like Kansas: Jordan Weissmann looks at President Trump’s proposed tax plan and sees many similarities with the disastrous tax cuts pushed through by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that have left the ...

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Smart Tax Reform Could Save the Flailing Trump Presidency

0SHARESShare Trump speaks at the Department of Veterans Affairs before signing an executive order on Thursday in Washington. Olivier Douliery—Pool/Getty Images This week, Donald Trump decided to take ownership of the GOP tax reform effort by laying out a few broad guidelines. The guidelines are so broad, in fact, that many have rightly pointed out that it’s hard to make ...

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When Did Late Night Stop Being Fun?

Kyle Kinane, left, and Guy Branum in an episode of Talk Show: The Game Show. truTV Listen to Episode 731 of Slate’s The Gist: Advertisement Once upon a time, late-night talk shows were like boozy dinner parties, fun chat-fests where movie stars would reveal a little too much about themselves. Now, they’re marked by anti-septic games of charades and sing-alongs. ...

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Trump Can’t Win His Battle Against the Judges

0SHARESShare President Trump holds up an executive order on March 28 in Washington. Carlos Barria/Reuters President Donald J. Trump is fuming at yet another federal judge. Earlier this week, San Francisco District Judge William H. Orrick temporarily enjoined the Trump administration’s simultaneously grandiose and ultimately toothless plan to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities. The president, as is his wont, ...

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­The Circle

Tom Hanks in The Circle. 2017 Frank Masi/STX Entertainment “Knowing is good, but knowing everything is better.” That’s the credo of Eamon Bailey, the Silicon Valley luminary at the heart of The Circle, which adopts Dave Eggers’ novel into a flaccid cautionary tale about the dangers of technology. Eamon isn’t The Circle’s protagonist—that would be Mae (Emma Watson), a guileless ...

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America Could Look Like North Carolina by 2020. Yikes.

Opponents of Donald Trump demonstrate in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Dec. 19. Jonathan Drake/Reuters What happens when Republicans have enough power to do virtually anything they want? On the federal level, that’s still an open question: We’ll find out if Democrats fail to mount meaningful resistance to President Donald Trump by 2018—or if Republicans stop infighting for long enough to ...

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Five things to watch for in Trump’s tax plan

0SHARESShare President Trump is set to release his tax plan on Wednesday. The announcement of the administration’s principles for tax reform will begin a new debate with Congress as the president nears the end of his first 100 days in office.   It appears Trump will leave the actual reveal to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Director Gary ...

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