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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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Why Trump Gets a Populist Pass

0SHARESShare Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks about Trump’s tax plan while chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and press secretary Sean Spicer watch on Wednesday in Washington. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump wants to give himself a tax cut. His new tax plan, a one-page summary unveiled on Wednesday in the last-minute scramble for an accomplishment before the end of his ...

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The Lego Rainbow 

Machines made from Legos are often pretty complicated, but the device in this video kicks things up a notch. It’s called the “Rainbow Wave GBC,” and it was created by Berthil van Beek over the course of about 100 hours . The Rainbow Wave GBC has 1,150 moving parts. The pieces that make up its rolling rainbow wave sport 38 ...

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Trump Could Have Broken the Democratic Party

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Win McNamee/Getty Images and Olivier Douliery/Getty Images. In the days and weeks after the shock election result of Nov. 8, a slew of high-profile Democrats indicated they’d be willing to work with then President-elect Trump on a major infrastructure bill. These names included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, ...

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