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Democrats Just Flipped ANOTHER Republican District. Trump Won This One By 23%

Share this story Early last night, progressives were ecstatic after Democrat Edith DesMarais flipped a New Hampshire State legislative seat that Donald Trump won by seven percent. Turns out, Democrats were just getting started. In the special election to fill a Long Island seat on New York’s State Legislature, progressive Democrat Christine Pellegrino handily defeated her conservative Republican opponent, Thomas Gargiulo, 58-42%. Just six months ago, Trump won ...

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The Pope Just Met Trump, And The Look On His Face Says It ALL

Share this story After meeting Donald Trump, the Pope apparently found it too difficult to hide his true feeling about the outspoken and controversial American President. Pope Francis after meeting Trump: pic.twitter.com/a4Wvmq1ZMY — Mike T (@majtague) May 24, 2017 In a photo taken today, standing alongside Trump, the Pope looks like he is attending a funeral. Perhaps he’s mourning the ...

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Bottom of the Class

0SHARESShare Kellan Jett This article is part of the Big Shortcut , an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have failed traditional classes. See the whole series here . Every time a salesman for an online learning company pitches a school district, he promises its educational software is “engaging.” But, of course, ...

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“We Only Ask an Even Chance to Live as Other Men Live”

0SHARESShare Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress This article is adapted from Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War . On July 4, 1872, settlers of the Grande Ronde Valley in northeastern Oregon paraded through the streets of their tiny county seat, La Grande, before sitting down for ...

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Dear Prudence: The “Death of the Ego” Edition

And there’s more … Slate Plus members get more Dear Prudence. Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers more questions from readers, for members only. Members also get complete, ad-free episodes of the Dear Prudence podcast, and a host of other benefits—and they help support Slate’s journalism. Membership starts at just $5 a month. Join today. Join Slate Plus Click here to ...

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Take These Students, Please

Kellan Jett This article is part of the Big Shortcut , an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have failed traditional classes. CHICAGO—On a Tuesday afternoon in mid-November, Keith Daniel sat in the main office of Sullivan High School on Chicago’s Far North Side scrutinizing a flier for the cap, gown, and ...

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Risky Bet

Congressional candidate Rob Quist larrives for a gathering with supporters at Darkhorse Hall and Wine Snug on Monday in Great Falls, Montana. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The national Democratic Party heard the message. After James Thompson, the Democratic candidate in Kansas’s 4th Congressional District special election last month, came within single digits of the Republican candidate without a lick of help ...

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50 Million Years of Whale Evolution in 1 Minute

Jordan Collver Jordan Collver, an illustrator and science communicator in the U.K., was thinking about Darwin—specifically, about our inability to conceptualize the vast stretches of time over which evolution unfolds. “The mind cannot possibly grasp the full meaning of the term of a hundred million years,” Darwin wrote in On the Origin of Species. “It cannot add up and perceive ...

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Tom Ricks: “It’s Shakespearean”

0SHARESShare Tom Ricks. Foreign Policymagazine Listen to Episode 749 of Slate’s The Gist: Advertisement For Tom Ricks , the whiplash-inducing news of the past two weeks has been especially surreal. Ricks explains why he was stunned to see the National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster defend President Trump. Ricks is out with a new book about two of his heroes, Churchill ...

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Introducing the Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club

Photo illustration by Slate. Images via Jacob Ammentorp Lund, TothGaborGyula/iStock. To join Slate’s Conspiracy Thrillers Movie Club, visit Slate.com/thrillers . Since the election of Donald Trump, paranoia has become the new normal. In his landmark essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics ,” Richard Hofstadter documented that the suspicion that there are sinister machinations taking place just beneath the surface ...

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