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Obama’s Legacy Won’t Be His Political Achievements

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:49:15 GMT2017-01-16T14:49:15Z

A decade ago, Barack Obama was already contemplating his presidential legacy. I know because I talked to him about it in 2006, during a long interview for a now-defunct men’s magazine. In a reflective mood after finishing his second book, his suit coat off and necktie loosened, the 44-year-old freshman senator opened up about his political ambition.

President Barack Obama waves after delivering his farewell speech in Chicago on Jan. 10.

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What Frankenstein Has to Do With Anti-Vaxxers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:30:00 GMT2017-01-16T14:30:00Z

In 1780, University of Bologna physician Luigi Galvani found something peculiar: When he applied an electric current to the legs of a dead frog, they twitched. Thirty-seven years later, Mary Shelley had Galvani’s experiments in mind as she wrote her fable of Faustian overreach, wherein Dr. Victor Frankenstein plays God by reanimating flesh.

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Norovirus Is Coming

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:55:00 GMT2017-01-16T10:55:00Z

Dread fills the parent who finds herself cleaning up kid vomit in the middle of night. I know because it happened to me last weekend. It’s not that I hate throw-up (it’s gross, but I’m a mom) or that I can’t handle being summoned at 2 a.m. (Did I mention I’m a mom?) No, the overwhelming fear comes from realizing that it’s probably a stomach bug—and that the clock has started ticking on the cruel weeklong wait to see who else in the family will go down. Last week, due to severe dehydration from norovirus, the virus that causes most stomach bugs in the U.S., friends of mine ended up in the hospital. Their entire family of four.

Not the cure you’re looking for.

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We’re Going to Need That $4,000 Back

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:45:00 GMT2017-01-16T10:45:00Z

When Kristin Hook, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, found out in early November that she would receive a raise of almost $4,000 the next month, she immediately increased her contributions to her retirement savings account. A week or two earlier, at Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus, social media coordinator Gordon Chaffin, who regularly puts in 45- to 50-hour weeks, learned from his employer that he would be eligible for overtime pay beginning December 1.

Walmart is one of the companies that announced raises for some workers to comply with the new regulation—and then kept them after a court put the rule on hold.

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Democrats Should Follow John Lewis’ Lead

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:51:00 GMT2017-01-14T18:51:00Z

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis prepares to testify Wednesday against Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions.

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The Ballpoint Pen Edition

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:09:40 GMT2017-01-14T13:09:40Z

Listen to Episode No. 140 of Slate Money:

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One Last Time

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:03:11 GMT2017-01-14T01:03:11Z

Welcome to the final Slate Plus Digest of the Obama era. I’ll be doing that all week, probably: Here I am, taking out the trash for the last time during the Obama era. Fun stuff. Here’s a long weekend’s worth of reading for you.

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Why Does Donald Trump Continue to Defend Russia and Attack U.S. Intelligence?

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:15:00 GMT2017-01-14T00:15:00Z

I don’t believe Donald Trump colluded with Russia to hack the Democratic National Committee. I don’t think anyone working on Trump’s behalf met with anyone working for Vladimir Putin. That allegation—which appeared in clearly erroneous form in the sketchy “dossier” published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday—could turn out to be true. But nothing I’ve seen so far, dossier included, has convinced me.

Donald Trump speaks after his meeting with TV personality Steve Harvey on Friday.

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Jamelle Bouie on the Trump Cabinet

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:14 GMT2017-01-14T00:01:14Z

Listen to Episode 659 of Slate’s The Gist:

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development–designate Ben Carson is sworn in during his confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

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Buyer Beware

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:22 GMT2017-01-14T00:00:22Z

In a nearly unprecedented move, President-elect Donald Trump not once but twice this week met with executives of very large firms and their lobbyists whose pending merger deals will require approval by his own antitrust officials. The moves offered evidence that Trump’s antitrust program—and perhaps by extension all of his administration’s white-collar enforcement—may be altogether darker than what we thought even a few days ago.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson takes an escaltor down to the lobby at Trump Tower on Thursday in New York City.

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