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Was This It?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:51:00 GMT2017-06-23T09:51:00Z

It may be that there is no way to write a definitive history of a particular cultural scene of a particular time and place that doesn’t reveal itself to be simply the story of a loose group of acquaintances who all got drunk in the same five-block radius for a few years in their twenties. (Ask Hemingway.) The New York–specific subset of the genre is the romanticization of, then regretful lament for, the lost grimy glamour of those bars and neighborhoods of the writer’s youth, a fantasy city eternally dirtier and more dangerously sexy 10 or 20 years earlier, a wonderland of mostly consequence-free bad behavior lost forever to gentrification. Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001–2011, which has been excerpted in New York magazine and praised by Pitchfork, Spin, and Rolling Stone, recounts in oral-history form the triumphant narrative of a rock renaissance, led by the Strokes, that culminates in the international takeover of urban bohemia by a more domesticated Brooklyn Style™.

The Strokes backstage at San Francisco’s Fillmore in 2001. Left to right: Fabrizio Moretti, Albert Hammond Jr., Nick Valensi, Julian Casablancas, and Nikolai Fraiture.

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:05:00 GMT2017-06-23T08:05:00Z

In a June 22 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that the Medicaid penalty for states would be based on whether the federal contribution was 25 percent above average. It is based on combined state and federal Medicaid spending.

He Moved Fast and Broke Uber

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:58:36 GMT2017-06-23T02:58:36Z

On Tuesday, Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, resigned. To call Kalanick embattled, as so many have, is understating the case: He had been grappling with numerous scandals and controversies before a shareholder revolt eventually forced him out. The move raises questions about Uber’s future, as well as speculation about Kalanick’s own.

Travis Kalanick speaks onstage at TechCrunch Discrupt on September 8, 2014—happier times—in San Francisco, California.  

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It Really Is Meaner

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:40:15 GMT2017-06-23T00:40:15Z

For better or worse, Senate Democrats seem to have settled on a single word to describe the health care bill that their Republican colleagues unveiled Thursday: “Meaner.” As in: You know how Donald Trump called the House GOP’s health care bill “mean”? This one—the Better Care Reconciliation Act—is meaner.

Corny but true.

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Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:06:21 GMT2017-06-23T00:06:21Z

Pam is right. One of the few unhappy aspects of being solicitor general is when you find out that a United States attorney has brought an ill-advised criminal case, won a conviction, and then persuaded a federal court of appeals to uphold the conviction. The first time the solicitor general learns of such a case is often when the convicted defendant files a cert. petition seeking review in the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court building on April 10 in Washington.

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My Patients Need Medicaid

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:31:00 GMT2017-06-22T23:31:00Z

Last year, I admitted a middle-aged patient I’ll call Joe to Columbia University Medical Center. Joe, who was brought in by a neighbor, was profoundly confused and had missed dialysis. We thought the build-up of toxins were clouding Joe’s mind. But dialysis didn’t improve things, and we soon realized dementia was the culprit—and that it was putting our patient in serious danger.

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The Angle: Another Day, Another Health Care Bill

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:24:15 GMT2017-06-22T23:24:15Z

Not much better: Senate Republicans finally unveiled their Obamacare replacement bill on Thursday, and no, the Better Care Reconciliation Act is not much better than the House’s American Health Care Act. The Slatest covers the major takeaways, including the elimination of the individual mandate and enormous cuts to Medicaid, while Jordan Weissmann breaks down the Klondike kickback buried deep in the legislation. Meanwhile, Senate conservatives are throwing a fit, right on schedule.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday in Washington.

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Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:20:29 GMT2017-06-22T23:20:29Z

Maslenjak v. United States is only the latest example of something that crops up every term or so: a case in which the solicitor general’s office gets slapped down over a case (or an argument) the United States never should’ve made in the first place. The reason the solicitor general finds himself or herself in this position is that the federal government’s prosecutorial powers are dispersed among more than 90 U.S. attorneys offices, in addition to “Main Justice” (the headquarters in D.C.), and there’s not a huge amount of oversight or coordination in run-of-the-mill prosecution. If the government loses a case in the district court or the courts of appeals, a prosecutor needs an approval from the solicitor general to take an appeal. If the government wins, however, then the case may never get review until the losing defendant files a cert. petition, at which point the solicitor general either has to confess error (which the office is generally reluctant to do) or defend what may turn out to be rather indefensible.

Candidates for U.S. citizenship take the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens in New Jersey on Feb. 22.

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We Know How This Ends

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:17:07 GMT2017-06-22T23:17:07Z

To walk into the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday morning was less to enter an ongoing, real-life debate of mysterious outcome than to assume your role in a hackneyed script.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul speaks to reporters after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of legislation that would replace Obamacare in Washington on Thursday.

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Scaachi Koul on Surviving the Trolls

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:40:33 GMT2017-06-22T22:40:33Z

Listen to Episode 770 of Slate’s The Gist:

Scaachi Koul.

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