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Is Reince Priebus Lying About the FBI?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:33:20 GMT2017-02-25T03:33:20Z

Donald Trump says the press is lying about him and Russia. In a speech to CPAC on Friday, Trump dismissed all reports linking Russia to him, his associates, or his business interests as “fake.” But Trump isn’t just pitting his credibility against the media’s. The White House is now claiming that the FBI is on Trump’s side. Is that true?

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.


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George Saunders’ American Ghosts

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:04:52 GMT2017-02-25T00:04:52Z

Listen to Episode 687 of Slate’s The Gist:

Mike Pesca with George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo.


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One Month Down …

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:02:28 GMT2017-02-25T00:02:28Z

Trump’s first month in office has been more cruel and destructive than many of us feared, writes Michelle Goldberg. And yet, points out Jamelle Bouie, he hasn’t actually … accomplished all that much?

The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, is seen engulfed with fog in the early hours of the morning in Dubai on Nov. 25, 2013.


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Trump Is the Government

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:21:39 GMT2017-02-24T23:21:39Z

Each day brings more signs that President Trump has no regard for democratic norms, no understanding of how government works, and no interest in repairing these deficiencies.

President Donald Trump, joined by chief of staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Steve Bannon, press secretary Sean Spicer, and then–National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, in the Oval Office on Jan. 28.


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The Trump Administration’s Not-So-Benign Neglect

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:03:18 GMT2017-02-24T23:03:18Z

This week, President Trump delighted his base with a pledge to treat deportations like a “military operation.” There were also reports that his administration is urging government officials to cherry-pick intelligence to support their desired policy outcomes and that his White House chief of staff made inappropriate contact with the FBI regarding Trump’s Russia ties. And that’s just the news from the national security sphere.

President Trump congratulates his strategist Stephen Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C.


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The Angle: Who Likes the Alt-Right Edition

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:42:39 GMT2017-02-24T22:42:39Z

Having it both ways: Michelle Goldberg reports on the odd hypocrisy of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the organizers of which are trying to simultaneously denounce and welcome the alt-right. A case in point: Kicking out punching victim Richard Spencer but giving Steve Bannon a prime speaking spot.

Steve Bannon—who may or may not be alt-right, depending on who you ask—with Reince Priebus at CPAC on Thursday.


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A Deafening Silence

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:38:49 GMT2017-02-24T22:38:49Z

On Wednesday night at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, 51-year-old Adam Purinton pulled out a gun and opened fire on two local engineers from India as well as two patrons who tried to intervene in the situation. One of the Indian men, 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, died of his wounds while at a hospital. The other, Alok Madasani, also 32, was injured. One of the bystanders, 24-year-old Ian Grillot, who is white, was seriously wounded. According to witnesses, Purinton had been kicked out of the bar after causing a disruption. He later re-entered carrying a weapon. Hurling racial slurs at the two engineers, he began firing. “Get out of my country,” he reportedly said.

Alleged shooter Adam Purinton, 51, of Olathe, Kansas, in an undated handout photo.


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The Best of Slate Podcasts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:29:54 GMT2017-02-24T22:29:54Z

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


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An Immigration Marriage Made in Hell

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:51:51 GMT2017-02-24T20:51:51Z

Tax-cutting, government-shrinking, regulating-shredding immigration enthusiasts such as Alex Nowrasteh, a researcher at the Cato Institute, are all for opening America’s borders if immigrants and their families are denied access to safety-net benefits such as Medicaid and SNAP. “Well, we absolutely shouldn’t be paying welfare benefits,” Nowrasteh said on a recent appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight. “I don't want to pay welfare benefits to anybody. And we definitely shouldn’t be paying them to immigrants, illegal or otherwise.”

People deported from the United States arrive on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement flight on Feb. 9 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.


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Glamorous Wounds

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:40:54 GMT2017-02-24T18:40:54Z

Cat Marnell, the madcap former beauty editor who parlayed her drug addiction into a blogging platform at xoJane, didn’t start her memoir until the day it was due. That book, How to Murder Your Life, emerged three years later, but it still feels like something Marnell dashed off in 24 hours while on speed. Maybe her fans won’t be shocked: The “unhealthy health writer” has long seemed, in her creative process, to treat her past like flashy tinsel paper to be crumpled up and thrown in your face. Her posts had titles like “GONNA WASH THAT ANGEL DUST RIGHT OUTTA MY HAIR: ‘Miracle’ (Uh-Huh) Treatments to Help You Pass Those Follicle Drug Tests, Naughty Nancys!” But this book is a work of substance disguised as an evanescent sparkle.


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