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Evidence Is Building That Samuel Alito’s Brain Is Filled to the Brim With Right-Wing Internet Chum

Tweet Share Share Comment Last week, the New York Times broke the news that there was an upside-down American flag flying...

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Supreme Court Justice Shares Relatable Tale of Signaling Trump Coup Support to Get Back at Neighbor

Tweet Share Share Comment On Thursday night, the New York Times reported—with photo evidence—that an upside-down American flag was flown...

17.05.2024 10

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Fox News Has a Liberal Even Sean Hannity Loves. She’s Better at Her Job Than Anyone Might Realize.

15.05.2024 40

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How Bad Are Biden’s Polling Numbers Right Now? Are You Sitting Down?

15.05.2024 40

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The Story About a Worm Eating RFK Jr.’s Brain Is Not All Fun and Games

Tweet Share Share Comment This is  Totally Normal Quote of the Day , a feature highlighting a statement from the news that exemplifies just  how...

11.05.2024 30

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Enjoy This Tale of a Low-Stakes Campus Screwup That Has Nothing to Do With the Middle East

08.05.2024 10

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Yes, There’s Another “Wife Guy” Bribery Scandal for Democrats

Tweet Share Share Comment It’s gotten buried a bit underneath news about the negotiations over a cease-fire in Gaza, the related protests on U.S....

07.05.2024 30

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Even Donald Trump Doesn’t Know What He Created in One MAGA Swamp. I Went to See It for Myself.

At 2 p.m. in the basement of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, the mood was distrustful, the air was humid with human moistness, and the disagreements over...

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So, What Was the Guy Behind 2020 “Stolen Election” Theories in Georgia Up to With Guests in His Bathroom?

Tweet Share Share Comment Where do allegations of election fraud originate? The answer can usually be narrowed down to “a...

02.05.2024 30

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Five Escaped Horses Rampaged Through Central London for Two Hours This Morning, By the Way

Tweet Share Share Comment Five military horses being prepared for participation in a ceremonial event ran wild in central London...

24.04.2024 20

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The Richest Man in Pennsylvania Is Not Having a Good Month

Tweet Share Share Comment Every so often, a guy comes along who is all of a sudden everywhere—a zeitguy, if you will. In 2024...

22.04.2024 20

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Donald Trump and Mike Johnson Are Teaming Up on a Fantasy Bill for a Fantasy Problem

Tweet Share Share Comment On Friday at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and House...

15.04.2024 10

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Epidemic of Bozo Behavior Strikes Republican Senate Candidates Who Were Supposed to Be Boring

Tweet Share Share Comment The story of 2022’s Senate races was that Republicans—at Donald Trump’s urging—botched several...

10.04.2024 5

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Trump Announces New Abortion Position of Not Wanting to Really Take a Position on Abortion

Tweet Share Share Comment As president, Donald Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Barrett then became the...

08.04.2024 5

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The Problem With Donald Trump’s Latest Escape Hatch

Welcome back to the Surge, Slate’s Saturday-morning rundown of the most impactful and/or hugely embarrassing figures from the week in politics....

30.03.2024 30

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With Gold-Bar Bribery Trial Set to Begin Soon, Bob Menendez Has a Bold New Strategy

Tweet Share Share Comment When Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez was charged in September with accepting a big sack of...

22.03.2024 10

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Trump Got What He Wanted in the Ohio Senate Primary. But It’s Still Complicated.

Tweet Share Share Comment Heading into the Ohio Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, there was some rumbling and grumbling in...

20.03.2024 4

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A Brief Explanation of the “Adult Friend Finder” Story That Is Rocking the Ohio Senate Race

Tweet Share Share Comment Things have gotten weird and wild in Ohio’s Republican Senate primary with the publication of an...

16.03.2024 10

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A Scientific Breakdown of Exactly How Old Joe Biden Seemed at the State of the Union

Tweet Share Share Comment Heading into Thursday night’s State of the Union address, there were a number of topics that...

08.03.2024 10

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Until the Bitter End, Nikki Haley Tries to Have It Both Ways

Tweet Share Share Comment Despite surging to a 4-point victory in Vermont’s primary, Republican presidential aspirant Nikki...

06.03.2024 10

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Michigan’s Unhinged GOP Infighting Has Escalated

Tweet Share Share Comment When last we spoke about the Michigan Republican Party, a faction led by election truther and Trump...

29.02.2024 6

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Why Nikki Haley Hasn’t Dropped Out—Despite What’s Coming in South Carolina

Tweet Share Share Comment For Republicans, election results have become fungible. Losing a race but refusing to admit that...

24.02.2024 10

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The Biggest Unknown of the Presidential Election

Tweet Share Share Comment Very few known unknowns have ever been so unknown, or as high-stakes, as the effect Donald Trump’s...

22.02.2024 5

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Border Patrol Official Accused of Demanding “Fentanyl Lollipops” for Work Trip on a Helicopter

Tweet Share Share Comment A new whistleblower report first covered by NBC News alleges that the Customs and Border Protection...

16.02.2024 9

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Is Mike Johnson In Over His Head?

Tweet Share Share Comment Earlier this month, Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson spoke on the Fox Business channel...

16.02.2024 20

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Will Joe Biden Suffer Politically From the Justice Department Special Counsel Saying His Brain Doesn’t Work?

Tweet Share Share Comment Well, right on the heels of President Joe Biden referring twice to 2021 interactions with world...

09.02.2024 6

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Biden Has a Lot Going for Him in the Election. Then There’s This.

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09.02.2024 20

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The Border Bill’s Failure Says a Lot About the Existential Condition of the Senate

Tweet Share Share Comment “The sun may be shining outside, but today is a gloomy day here in the United States Senate,” the...

07.02.2024 50

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Everything You Were Too Exhausted to Google About Republicans’ Latest Impeachment Feeding Frenzy

02.02.2024 4

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So Many People Want Biden to “Shut Down” the Border to Stop Migration. There’s Just One Problem With This!

Tweet Share Share Comment There’s a unique sort of bipartisan consensus right now in Washington. Republicans and Democrats in...

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Are Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce Plotting Against America?

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31.01.2024 20

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Nikki Haley Says She’s Only Just Begun to Fight, But She Is Wrong

Tweet Share Share Comment Well, that was fun! (Was it?) Former South Carolina governor and Trump-era U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley...

24.01.2024 20

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Things Are Getting Real Weird Within the Michigan GOP

Tweet Share Share Comment It’s a fun time to live in Michigan, and not just because its flagship university’s unanimously...

22.01.2024 10

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The Left Is Pissed at John Fetterman. That Doesn’t Mean He’s Gone “Full Sinema.”

Tweet Share Share Comment The progressive left has been displeased with Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman since...

18.01.2024 30

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Pour One Out for Meatball Ron

Tweet Share Share Comment When pundits and reporters talk about Donald Trump’s skill or talent as a politician, he generally...

16.01.2024 3

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There Were Just Two Candidates on the GOP Debate Stage. Did Either of Them … Win?

Tweet Share Share Comment Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley met in a Republican debate on Wednesday night in Des Moines, Iowa. The...

11.01.2024 6

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John Roberts Has Entered His Own Personal Hell

Welcome back to the Surge, Slate’s weekly guide to who is—and is not—surging in the demimonde of politics. I’m Ben Mathis-Lilley, filling in...

06.01.2024 20

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The New York Times Coverage of Elite College Campuses and Israel Isn’t Overkill

Tweet Share Share Comment On Tuesday, Harvard president Claudine Gay resigned. She, like previously defenestrated University of...

04.01.2024 7

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The Man Who Really Has the Most Influence Over the 2024 Campaign

Welcome to the Surge, Slate’s roundup of news, notes, and nonsense about the most important figures of the week in United States politics. I’m Ben...

23.12.2023 7

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The Issue That Republicans Cannot Simply Outrun

Welcome back to the Surge, Slate’s guide to the big newsmakin’ names of the week in the political sphere. I’m Ben Mathis-Lilley, filling in for...

16.12.2023 10

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Now Would Be the Time for Nikki Haley to Actually Try to Beat Donald Trump. Does She Want To?

Tweet Share Share Comment With exactly a month to go until the first nominating contest of the presidential race begins in Iowa,...

15.12.2023 10

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Elise Stefanik’s Selective Antisemitism Radar

Welcome back to the Surge, Slate’s guide to the biggest political newsmakers of the week. I’m Ben Mathis-Lilley, filling in for Jim Newell,...

09.12.2023 10

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The Most Telling Moment of the Final GOP Primary Debate

Tweet Share Share Comment Chris Christie came into the 2024 presidential race having already decided that he wasn’t worried...

07.12.2023 10

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Ron DeSantis’ Response to the Florida State Football Controversy Captures His Entire Off-Putting Essence

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07.12.2023 30

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Alleged Cuban Spy Probably Regrets Telling Undercover FBI Agent He Hit the “Grand Slam” of Spying for Cuba

Tweet Share Share Comment On Monday, the Department of Justice announced the arrest of a longtime United States diplomat and...

06.12.2023 10

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Trump Is Outraged, for Some Reason, About the Idea That He Stopped Eating After Jan. 6

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05.12.2023 9

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Trump Vows to Repeat His Biggest Mistake

Welcome to the Surge, Slate’s weekly guide to the most relevant players of the moment in the world of politics. Or, rather, it’s a guide to that...

02.12.2023 8

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George Santos, After Daring Congress to Expel Him, Is Expelled

Tweet Share Share Comment By a vote of 311 to 114, Republican New York Rep. George Santos has been expelled from Congress days...

01.12.2023 4

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The Iowa Caucus Has Driven the Political Press to Madness

Tweet Share Share Comment The Iowa caucus that opens Republican presidential primary season is less than two months off, and, as...

29.11.2023 10

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Does the United States Fund a Cheetah-Mating Program in West Africa Because of … Terrorism?

Tweet Share Share Comment The Wall Street Journal published a dispatch this week from West Africa, where militants affiliated...

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