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The Deregulation Invasion

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:00:00 GMT2017-07-22T10:00:00Z

To listen to this episode of Trumpcast, use the player below:

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The Fake Loans Edition

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:02:00 GMT2017-07-22T06:02:00Z

Listen to Episode No. 166 of Slate Money

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The Nicest Thing You Can Say About Sean Spicer Is That He Was a Bad Liar

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:58:16 GMT2017-07-22T02:58:16Z

Shakespeare’s Marc Antony posited that people are remembered for their evil acts, while the good ones are forgotten. In American public life, it is sometimes the opposite: We see their flaws while they’re in power, their virtues only in retrospect.

Definitely comic, possibly tragic.

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Lies, Pardons, and Bringing Trump to Heel

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:03:00 GMT2017-07-21T23:03:00Z

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Criminal Pardon

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:20:00 GMT2017-07-21T22:20:00Z

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump has been asking advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members, and even himself. It’s fair to say that such efforts by the president would lead to a full-scale constitutional crisis and potentially mass protests in the streets. If the Republican Party failed to initiate impeachment proceedings in the face of a string of pardons meant to protect the president and his inner circle, might there be any possible consequences for Trump? Constitutional scholars say yes: If Trump abuses his presidential powers to pardon in a way that obstructs justice, he could be prosecuted under a future administration.

President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday. 

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The Angle: More Trump Than Trump Edition

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:59:47 GMT2017-07-21T21:59:47Z

Mini-me: New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is super Trumpy, Daniel Gross writes. The guy even has his own crappy Midtown restaurant and sketchy international business deals.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his successor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walk out of the White House on Friday.

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A Tennessee Jail Is Offering Vasectomies for Reduced Prison Time

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:56:00 GMT2017-07-21T21:56:00Z

A horrifying report bubbled up from Sparta, Tennessee, this week: A standing order by Judge Sam Benningfield of White County will allow the White County jail to offer to remove 30 days of jail time from inmates’ sentences as long as they undergo voluntary birth control procedures—temporary birth control implants in the case of female inmates, permanent vasectomies in the case of male inmates. Benningfield signed the order in May, and by the time News Channel 5 of Tennessee reported on it on Wednesday, 38 male inmates and 32 female inmates had agreed to the processes.

Inmates are not able to give informed consent for voluntary birth control procedures.

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Al Gore, Ever Hopeful

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:19:22 GMT2017-07-21T21:19:22Z

Listen to Episode 790 of Slate’s The Gist:

Mike Pesca with Al Gore.

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Why Exactly Does Putin Hate the Magnitsky Act?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:19:00 GMT2017-07-21T21:19:00Z

On a recent episode of Trumpcast, Bill Browder joined Jacob Weisberg to discuss the Magnitsky Act—the supposed reason why Donald Trump Jr. met with a group of Russians during the campaign. Browder, author of Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, hired Sergei Magnitsky to investigate why the Russian police had raided and seized his company’s offices in June 2007. Magnitsky found that Browder’s company had been seized to steal $230 million in taxes it had paid to the Russian government. Magnitsky was arrested, tortured, and killed in 2009, and Browder later pushed Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act, which sanctions people connected with Magnitsky’s murder. This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting with Russia's government in his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, on Wednesday.

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Uber Needs to Share Its Salary Data

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:35:49 GMT2017-07-21T20:35:49Z

Uber has spent much of 2017 in crisis mode thanks to a series of self-inflicted scandals—many of them involving the abhorrent treatment of women who work at the company. But it finally had a friendly news cycle this week: News broke that the nearly $70 billion company had closed its gender and race pay gaps.

A private security guard stands in front of Uber headquarters on June 13 in San Francisco.

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