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Dear Prudence: The “Raise the Bar” Edition, Part 1

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:00:00 GMT2017-03-29T11:00:00Z

Writer and academic Jos Lavery joins Prudie this week to answer your questions. First, my adult child just came out as trans, and I support her, but how do I get us to talk about something other than being trans? Then, what to do when a dormmate’s loud alarm goes off for hours every morning, when you don’t support your boyfriend’s drug habits, and when you’ve already loaned your best friend thousands of dollars but she keeps asking for more.

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Camelot Under Siege

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:55:00 GMT2017-03-29T09:55:00Z

This article was reported by the Teacher Project at Columbia University School of Journalism with support from ProPublica.

Beechnut Academy, a Camelot Education transitional school in Houston.

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Nunes Can’t Be Trusted

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:51:14 GMT2017-03-29T01:51:14Z

Devin Nunes, the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is in hot water. Last Wednesday, he went to the White House to brief President Trump on secret intelligence documents—which Nunes refused to share with his own committee—that supposedly showed Trump and his associates had been incidentally surveilled during the presidential transition. On Friday, Nunes canceled a hearing at which Sally Yates—who was fired by Trump in January as acting attorney general—was planning to testify about conversations she’d had with the White House regarding Russia. On Monday, Nunes admitted that the private room where he had first seen the secret documents was on White House grounds.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol March 22, 2017.  

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Where Are the Good Republicans?

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:05:56 GMT2017-03-29T01:05:56Z

Rick Wilson, the GOP strategist who has emerged as a leading anti-Trump gadfly, was recently talking to a good friend of his who serves in Congress, representing a moderate but solidly Republican district in the upper Midwest. “He loathes Donald Trump,” Wilson told me. “Hates him with the fire of a million suns.” Yet the congressman told Wilson he’s terrified to cross the president, saying, “ ‘If I say something about [Trump], one tweet could kill me.’ ”

Committee chairman Sen. John McCain asks a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 14.

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The Angle: Imploding/Exploding Obamacare Edition

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:14:21 GMT2017-03-28T23:14:21Z

Not all losses: Democrats are rejoicing and gloating over the GOP’s recent failure to pass a health care bill that would replace Obamacare. But Democrats should also remember that Trump’s power lies beyond legislation and that on many counts, the aggression he fomented toward immigrants is playing out successfully across the country, Jamelle Bouie writes.

What do Trump's metaphors mean? Donald Trump on March 21 in Washington, D.C.

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How Political Parties Collapse

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:05:12 GMT2017-03-28T23:05:12Z

Listen to Episode 709 of Slate’s The Gist:

Whig party banner for the presidential election of Zachary Taylor as and his Vice-President Millard Fillmore.

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Nancy Pelosi Has Leverage

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:13:00 GMT2017-03-28T21:13:00Z

The failure of the American Health Care Act last week was obviously great news for Democrats. But it wasn’t just because a remarkably bad health care bill died in the House before it got the chance to die in the Senate. The GOP loss was also confirmation that dysfunctional patterns of Republican Congresses past have been grandfathered into the present era of unified Republican governance. House Republicans still cannot agree on anything, even with a White House trying to chart a unified path forward.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, along with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Rep. Eric Swalwell, holds a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C.

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A Cruel, False Promise on Coal

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:38:55 GMT2017-03-28T19:38:55Z

President Trump has signed an executive order that would roll back much of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and generally direct the federal bureaucracy to put its head in the sand with regard to climate change. The Clean Power Plan, which compels plants producing electricity to reduce their carbon emissions, is seen by many as the main front in the war on coal. For Trump, gutting the plan is a fulfillment of his promise to miners in Appalachia and the West to revive coal’s role in the economy and put them back to work.

Crews dismantle a PacifiCorp coal-fired power plant on Feb. 1 in Helper, Utah.

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Trump’s Environmental Executive Order Is As Stupid As It Is Damaging

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:36:34 GMT2017-03-28T19:36:34Z

Donald Trump will sign another executive order on Tuesday, this one focused on unraveling the Clean Power Plan, rolling back environmental regulations, and eliminating any hope that the United States meets its obligations to the Paris climate agreement. This order is as damaging as it is dumb. Trump is unraveling critical environmental protections because he thinks it will help revitalize the economy and help the coal industry. It will not. Instead, it will incentivize our country to pour money into energy sources that harm our health and our continued ability to live on this planet while also undermining our ability to become energy independent and to compete in the global marketplace.

Just look at the diverse group of Americans who will benefit from this rule.

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The Robot Tamer

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:57:15 GMT2017-03-28T18:57:15Z

Internecine conflict between people and robots is to be expected from Hollywood, but anxiety over the future of artificial intelligence is a very real concern in sober academia as well. Nick Bostrom, director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, has worried at book length over potential the existential threat posed by “superintelligence.” In The Rise of the Robots, Martin Ford explores a less eschatological peril: the unprecedented job automation will either force humanity to restructure the social contract around a universal basic income or suffer the consequences of mass unemployment. Some research  suggests as many as 47 percent of U.S. jobs could soon be automated.

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