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Help! I’m Stuck in a Lease with My Ex, and It’s Ruining My Sex Life.

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:09:07 GMT2017-07-24T20:09:07Z

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members.

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What Most People Don’t Get About Steve Bannon

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:51:23 GMT2017-07-24T19:51:23Z

When it was reported several months ago that Steve Bannon, then Donald Trump’s closest political adviser, had fallen out of favor with the president, there appeared a glimmer of hope that perhaps this White House would “normalize.” Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, and the administration’s chief rabble-rousing (white) nationalist, was behind grotesque initiatives like Trump’s Muslim ban; according to several accounts, his inability to competently steer the administration, combined with press headlines about his power, soured Trump on his service. Just maybe, one naïvely hoped, sanity would begin to prevail.

Steve Bannon leaves the Rose Garden after President Donald Trump announces his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement on June 1 in Washington.

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Blowing the Whistle on the Trump Administration’s Attempt to Ignore Climate Change

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:47:34 GMT2017-07-24T19:47:34Z

Joel Clement is the latest example of a public servant who has shown us what integrity can look like for civil servants in the Trump administration. Clement was the director of the Department of Interior’s Office of Policy Analysis. Last week, he was involuntarily reassigned to the department’s revenue office—an area in which he has no expertise. He courageously declared his role as a whistleblower, penning an op-ed in the Washington Post about the move, writing:

Kotzebue, Alaska, has become an essential stop for policymakers hoping to convey the damage climate change has already wrought.

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The Known Unknowns of the GOP Health Care Plan

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:11:57 GMT2017-07-24T19:11:57Z

Big laws have glitches and drafting errors that affect millions of lives. That’s an uncomfortable reality, particularly in a complicated area like health care, which accounts for about one-sixth of the U.S. economy. We know many of the ways the House’s American Health Care Act and the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act may harm millions of Americans who rely on the government to regulate and subsidize or cover their health insurance. But there are also impacts of the GOP health care plan that won’t become apparent until after the legislation has become law.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

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Unpresidential Command

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:36:21 GMT2017-07-24T17:36:21Z

In a serious breach of presidential norms, President Donald Trump urged sailors attending the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford on Saturday to wade into the political fray and help lobby Congress on health care and other topics. “I don’t mind getting a little hand, so call that congressman and call that senator and make sure you get it,” Trump said of his budget, highlighting the defense spending portion. This could have been intepreted as an order from the commander in chief to the service members in attendance to support the Republican Party agenda. “And by the way, you can also call those senators to make sure you get health care,” he added.

President Donald Trump, with Navy Capt. Richard McCormack, commissions the USS Gerald R. Ford during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on Saturday.

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A Constitutional Crisis Is Inevitable

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:38:00 GMT2017-07-24T16:38:00Z

A good ending, aspiring screenwriters have been taught for generations, should be “surprising yet inevitable.” If everyone sees the ending coming from a mile away, there is no suspense. If the ending seems arbitrary, or runs counter to the grain of the story and the character arc of its protagonists, it undermines the suspension of disbelief. Only when the ending is surprising enough to feel fresh, yet inevitable enough to reveal the protagonists’ deepest nature, do the final scenes leave the viewer satisfied.

President Donald Trump waves as he walks out from the White House in Washington before his departure to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday.

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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:00:00 GMT2017-07-24T16:00:00Z

Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Mallory Ortberg takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). The chat is complete! You can find the write-up on Slate’s Dear Prudence, and look for next week’s submission page. You can also continue the conversation about this week's chat and read more of Prudie's advice on the Prudie Facebook Page.

Mallory Ortberg

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Lessons on Flatulence From a Fart Artist

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:30:00 GMT2017-07-24T13:30:00Z

The following is excerpted from Caesar's Last Breath, by Sam Kean. Copyright © 2017 by Sam Kean. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company.

French flatulist and entertainer Joseph Pujol.

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iPhone Gamers, Brace Yourselves for the App-ocalypse

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:45:00 GMT2017-07-24T11:45:00Z

If you’re an iPhone user still addicted to Flappy Bird, be ready to experience withdrawal symptoms.

An employee plays Flappy Bird at a smartphone store in Hanoi on Feb. 10, 2014.

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