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How the Skewed Demographics of the Donor Class Pull Our Politics to the Right

Big donors to political campaigns Sheldon Adelson, Tom Steyer, and David H. Koch. Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Rick Wilking/Reuters, Gary Cameron/Reuters, and Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons. The prospect of big donors warping the political system loomed large in the 2016 election. On the left, Bernie Sanders warned of an “oligarchic society” in which big donors dictated the political ...

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Office Mate

As a member of Slate Plus, you’re reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday morning. Mallory Ortberg Sam Breach Get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week by signing up in the box below. Please send your questions for publication to prudence@slate.com. (Questions may be edited.) Got a ...

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Legion

Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, and Aubrey Plaza in Legion. Chris Large/FX © 2016, FX Networks. All rights reserved. “Something new needs to happen soon,” says David Haller (Dan Stevens) in the first episode of FX’s Legion, which premieres Wednesday night. He’s railing against the mind-numbing boredom of life in a mental institution, where he’s been placed after being diagnosed with ...

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A Little Justice

The games Trump got away with last year don’t impress judges. Above, President Trump at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images Donald Trump’s name barely came up in Tuesday’s hearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But the hearing, which concerned Trump’s temporary ban on travel to the United States from seven Muslim ...

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IUDs Are Not the Answer to Trump and the GOP

In the richest country in the world, we’re presuming a future for patients where they do not have access to the health care they need. iStock Are you feeling uncertain about what the future will bring? Yeah, me too. Advertisement Are you a person with female reproductive capabilities? Yeah, me too. Feelings of uncertainty around health care—and particularly women’s health ...

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What Do People Around the World Think About Killer Robots?

This Harpy IAI-MBT attack drone is not an autonomous weapon, but it is part of the way there. Francois Mori/Getty Images Over the last few years, global leaders have started debating how to handle the prospect of autonomous weapons—aka killer robots—capable of selecting and engaging targets without human intervention. The implications here are, of course, enormous: Such a system would ...

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What a Pro-Trump English Professor Thinks Now

Mark Bauerlein, a professor at Emory University and a senior editor at First Things. Mark Bauerlein The national divisions that emerged in the runup to Donald Trump’s election were largely unseen in one group of Americans—namely, the overlapping and generally liberal ranks of college professors, writers, and intellectuals. Mark Bauerlein is an exception. An English professor at Emory University and ...

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Brick

Will Arnett voices a narcissistic Batman in The Lego Batman Movie. © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved. The first 40-odd minutes of The Lego Batman Movie are exactly what you want them to be: a dense, hilarious spoof of Batman, superheroes, and the clenched idea of masculinity that informs them. Will Arnett’s Dark ...

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When a Supreme Court Justice Leaves a Seat Earlier Than Expected

Listen to Whistlestop: Advertisement Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson , each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s presidential carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, ...

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The Silencing of Coretta Scott King

The late Coretta Scott King in Atlanta in 2002. W.A. Harewood/Getty Images On Tuesday night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a letter about Jeff Sessions ’ fitness to serve in federal government at a hearing on whether Jeff Sessions was fit to serve in federal government. In that letter, written in 1986, Martin Luther King’s widow Coretta Scott King ...

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