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State Department Reverses Visa Ban, Allows Travelers With Visas Into U.S.

WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department will allow people with valid visas into the United States, a department official said on Saturday, in order to comply with an opinion from a federal judge in Seattle barring President Donald Trump’s executive action. “We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas,” the State Department official said in a statement. ...

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Patton Oswalt Reveals Wife Michelle McNamara's Cause Of Death

Michelle McNamera, a true crime writer and wife of actor Patton Oswalt , died from a combination of prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart problem, Oswalt said Friday.  McNamera died in her sleep last April at the age of 46. Neither she nor her husband knew she had a heart condition that caused blockage in her arteries, Oswalt told The ...

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On Radio, Gardner Says He Thinks Gorsuch Wrote about Roe v. Wade

Asked by a conservative talk-radio host whether U.S. Senators have private discussions with U.S Supreme Court nominees about cases like Roe v. Wade, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said Thursday they “absolutely occur,” but Gardner dodged a follow-up question about whether he’d discussed Roe with Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s high court nominee. Gardner also said on air that he ...

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The Democratic Party Needs Keith Ellison

The American people have faced stagnant wages and rising inequality for decades. Many Americans voted for Donald Trump or decided not to vote at all because Democrats failed to communicate effectively with working people and turn out the vote – end of story. The fact is that shouldn’t have happened. The Democratic Party has long been the Party of working ...

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Senators Now On The Front Line

I am heartened by the opposition of Senators Murkowski and Collins to the appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.  I hope that signals more independence ahead.  For me, personally, there is a bit of a back story. In July, 2010, President Obama used his recess appointment authority to make me the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and ...

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Survivor's Story

<!– Two refugees share a story 80 years apart (VIDEO). Watch two refugees share a story 80 years apart. By Robby Berman Completing each others sentences. UNICEF The two people in this UNICEF video —Ahmed, 12, from Damascus, Syria, and Harry, 92, from Berlin—have lived a world apart. Yet they complete each other’s sentences, telling the same horrible story. From ...

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He Left the Hold Steady for Mongolia

Keyboardist Franz Nicolay performs with the Hold Steady in 2009 in Columbia, Maryland. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images Listen to Episode 673 of Slate’s The Gist: Advertisement For the Spiel, the many types of liars employed by Donald Trump. Today’s sponsor: The Showtime original series Billions , starring Emmy winners Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. Billions returns Feb. 19 with new episodes ...

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Sunrise, Sunset

<!– The Slate Plus Digest, with reading recommendations from Slate and around the internet. Slate Plus The Slate Plus Digest for Feb. 3. By Gabriel Roth A star field in deep space many light-years from the Earth. forplayday/Thinkstock Hey Plus! How was your week? I know, I know. An underdiscussed theory from this Vanity Fair post on Jared and Ivanka: ...

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Work at Slate

Slate magazine helped pioneer podcasting back in 2005, but in the 10 years since, the technology powering on-demand audio has barely changed. But it’s about to. In 2015, Slate launched Panoply, which brings millions of listeners the smartest conversation that podcasting has to offer through 50 shows from the New York Times Magazine, Vulture, Huffington Post, Gretchen Rubin, Tablet, Sports Illustrated, and many more. Panoply is a tightknit group of some ...

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Do Men Eat More Pizza in Front of Women?

So much for that pizza study. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by soulrebel83/Thinkstock and Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock. In the chilly, rainy winter of 2007, crowds poured in to Aiello’s Italian Restaurant,  between Syracuse and Binghamton, New York, to make the most of its all-you-can-eat buffet of pizza, salad, breadsticks, pasta, and soup. The diners tucked in at the buffet without realizing ...

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