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Somali Refugees Are Not a Threat

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:42:45 GMT2016-12-03T21:42:45Z

We still don’t know exactly what motivated the Ohio State student who wounded 11 people with his car and a knife on Monday, before a campus police officer shot and killed him. We know that the student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was a Somali refugee, and that he felt Muslims were subject to unfair scrutiny in his community, and in the United States in general. We know that he posted a rant on Facebook just minutes before the attack, saying he was “willing to kill a billion infidels in retribution for a single DISABLED Muslim.”

Police keep the roads closed around Watts Hall following an attack on the campus of the Ohio State University on Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio.


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Textbook  

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:29:00 GMT2016-12-03T12:29:00Z

When director Victoria Mapplebeck found an old Nokia phone in her house, its archived calls and texts brought back memories of one exchange in particular.


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The Munchkin Edition

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:01:00 GMT2016-12-03T07:01:00Z

Listen to Episode No. 134 of Slate Money:


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The President-Elect Is a Roman Emperor

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:03:43 GMT2016-12-03T01:03:43Z

At his first “thank you” rally in Cincinnati on Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump raced through some anemic calls for unity before mocking ABC’s Martha Raddatz for weeping on election night. “How about when a major anchor who hosted a debate started crying when she realized that we won? How about that?” he gloated. His voice thickened with fake sobs as he mimicked Raddatz’s supposed breakdown: “No, tell me this isn’t true.”

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at U.S. Bank Arena on Thursday in Cincinnati.


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The Chaos Doctrine

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:44:09 GMT2016-12-02T23:44:09Z

Listen to Episode 632 of Slate’s The Gist:

View of a messy bedroom filled with books and other items at a home in San Diego on April 8, 2011.


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The Angle: Strong Cheese Edition

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:06:45 GMT2016-12-02T23:06:45Z

Insiders and outsiders: Will Saletan watched Donald Trump’s Ohio rally Thursday night in consternation. The PEOTUS might have pandered to the left in his appearance at the New York Times last week, but his performance in Cincinnati proves that what he most loves is to play to a supportive crowd by merrily denigrating everyone who stands in opposition to him.

President-elect Donald Trump and retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis before their meeting on Nov. 19 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.


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When to Rename a Building, and Why

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:35:41 GMT2016-12-02T22:35:41Z

On Friday, a Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming, convened earlier this semester at Yale University, issued its final report. This group was not charged with deciding whether or not to rename Calhoun College, the residential unit christened in 1933 in honor of the influential pro-slavery politician John C. Calhoun, which has been a focus of renewed public controversy in the past year. Instead, the committee produced a framework for any and all future renaming decisions. The Yale Corporation has adopted the principles that the committee put forth, and the university’s president, Peter Salovey, has appointed a smaller committee to reconsider the Calhoun case in light of this group’s recommendations.

The courtyard of Calhoun College at Yale University.


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So We’re Still Blaming Jill Stein and James Comey, Huh?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:33:14 GMT2016-12-02T22:33:14Z

Three and a half weeks later, Democrats are still in the business of blaming people who are not Democrats for Hillary Clinton losing a presidential election to television’s Donald Trump. No, I don’t mean that we should’ve expected them to have stopped blaming everyone but themselves. We should expect them to continue regularly right up until the day they’re all sent to the re-education camps. In the meantime, Democrats who are genuinely interested in introspection—of whom, from what I can tell, there seem to be very few—should focus on what went wrong that’s within their power to change going forward.

Jill Stein smiles before announcing that she will seek the Green Party’s presidential nomination on June 23, 2015, in Washington.


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Donald Trump’s Locker Room

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:49:35 GMT2016-12-02T21:49:35Z

On Thursday night, speaking to an arena full of supporters in Cincinnati, Donald Trump delivered a tirade against his putative domestic enemies. The bitterness, gloating, and contempt in his remarks eclipsed anything spoken by previous presidents-elect. Cameras recorded Trump, but he spoke to the people in the room as though they were his only audience. He mocked the rest of America and celebrated its defeat.

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President–elect Mike Pence stand onstage together at U.S. Bank Arena on Thursday in Cincinnati.


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