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Amicus: General Strike

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:01:00 GMT2017-02-18T15:01:00Z

Listen to Episode 61 of Slate’s Amicus:

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The Vanishing Edition

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:01:00 GMT2017-02-18T07:01:00Z

Listen to Episode No. 145 of Slate Money:

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Andy Zaltzman Is Back at Exactly the Right Time

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:05:07 GMT2017-02-17T23:05:07Z

Listen to Episode 683 of Slate’s The Gist:

Satirist Andy Zaltzman.

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Where There’s Smoke

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:03:34 GMT2017-02-17T23:03:34Z

Happy Presidents Day! What a wonderful occasion to reflect on the people who have served as president of the United States—diverse in their backgrounds, views, races, genders, and creeds, but united in their devotion to the greater good and their extraordinary intelligence, industriousness, and moral rigor. As we enjoy our long weekend, let's take a moment to recognize how fortunate we are that our nation has been, from the day of its founding to the present moment, in such sure and capable hands.

Some dudes carved into the side of a mountain.

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“That Was My Play!”

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:23:03 GMT2017-02-17T22:23:03Z

In a drafty arena on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, near the end of a full-pads training camp practice for an expansion, eight-on-eight indoor football team, I think I may have witnessed the future of sports.

A Screaming Eagles player is tackled by a member of the Nebraska Danger in the first game of the season Thursday at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City.

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The Best of Slate Podcasts

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:17:21 GMT2017-02-17T22:17:21Z

In this edition of our members-only podcast digest, listen to the best segments of the week:

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The Angle: “Careened Into Total Absurdity” Edition

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:17:18 GMT2017-02-17T22:17:18Z

Foiled again: Vice Adm. Robert Harward added insult to injury when he rejected President Trump’s national security adviser job offer, writes Fred Kaplan. Harward took the near-unprecedented step, as a senior military officer, of turning down a request from his commander in chief—and gave others permission to do the same.

Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading dissident in the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak, was sentenced by an Egyptian court to five years in prison over an illegal protest.

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Trump’s Chaos Has Real Consequences

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:12:13 GMT2017-02-17T22:12:13Z

In the latest in a series of deranged moves against the press, the White House denied on Friday that the administration was contemplating mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants around the country. The denial was launched in response to an Associated Press report published earlier on Friday that stated this had been considered—and cited a leaked draft of a White House memo as evidence. While the White House had declined to comment for the AP story, once it was released, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fired back: “There is no effort at all to ... utilize the National Guard to round up illegal immigrants,” he said. “This is 100 percent not true.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer waves as he leaves after a daily press briefing on Tuesday in Washington.

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Should the Worldwide Leader Stick to Sports?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:33:49 GMT2017-02-17T20:33:49Z

Rachel Nichols’ career as a sports journalist has taken her from the Washington Post to CNN to ESPN, where she currently hosts basketball show and podcast The Jump weekdays at 3 p.m. Eastern. Nichols has also covered a number of other sports, including football and hockey, but is perhaps best known for her willingness to spar with powerful figures, as can be seen in her confrontational 2014 interview about domestic violence with the boxer Floyd Mayweather and her testy exchange with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that same year.

Rachel Nichols attends the 2015 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on Nov. 17, 2015 in New York City.

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Was Trump Warned That Flynn Misled the FBI?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:23:42 GMT2017-02-17T20:23:42Z

Did Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, warn White House Counsel Don McGahn on Jan. 26 that National Security Adviser Mike Flynn had misled the FBI? Did McGahn relay that warning to President Trump? And did Trump decide it wasn’t legally problematic or serious enough to oust Flynn? That sequence needs to be investigated now that the Washington Post has disclosed what Flynn apparently told the FBI.

President Trump said at his news conference Thursday at the White House that nothing he’d heard had made him think Flynn was guilty of more than misleading Pence.

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