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  • Gutter Trash

    03/16/2017 6:19:46 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 44 replies
    Slate ^ | MARCH 16 2017 | Michelle Goldberg
    No matter how low your opinion of Donald Trump and his cronies, somehow they still manage to surprise you. It’s been evident for a while now that Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s top counterterrorism adviser, has at least flirted with fascism. One clue was when Gorka, who was born in London to Hungarian parents, dressed up for one of Trump’s inaugural balls in a black braided jacket popular with the Hungarian far right, pinned with a medal associated with Hungarian Nazi collaborators. Then in February, Jewish newspaper the Forward found that from 2002–2007, when Gorka was active in politics in Hungary, he...
  • Alan Colmes, Buffoon and Patsy, Was Fox News’ Original Liberal Weakling (Slate)

    02/25/2017 3:13:17 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 54 replies
    Slate ^ | February 23, 2017 | By Isaac Chotiner
    The death of Fox News contributor Alan Colmes, who passed away in New York City this week at the age of 66, has been greeted with an outpouring of emotion from the channel’s on-and-off-the-air talent. Colmes, it seems, was a nice guy, a good friend, and an ideal colleague: all qualities one would imagine people who have had to spend their lives around the likes of Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly would welcome. And while one should usually view tributes to the recently departed with a forgiving cynicism, in this case they are all too believable: Colmes was the most...
  • Slate writer takes heat for Colmes obit

    02/25/2017 3:26:53 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2017 | By Joe Concha
    Slate magazine’s obituary for longtime Fox News political commentator Alan Colmes is catching considerable backlash on social media. “Alan Colmes, Buffoon and Patsy, Was Fox News’ Original Liberal Weakling,” wrote Slate’s Isaac Chotiner, a senior staff writer and former editor of The New Republic. Colmes died this week at the age of 66 due to lymphoma. “Colmes was the most absurd, useless, and mocked television personality in America for many years, precisely because he was nice. In the context of Fox News, being a nice guy — and a ‘liberal’ nice guy at that — meant being a buffoon, and...
  • The C-Free Diet: If we didn't have California, what would we eat?

    12/24/2016 12:15:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 213 replies
    Slate ^ | July 10, 2013 | Brian Palmer
    Food scientists at Cornell University have produced a strain of broccoli that thrives in hot environments, which may make it possible for states with stiflingly hot summers to grow the vegetable. California, where cool coastal fog is perfect for growing standard broccoli, currently produces more than 90 percent of the broccoli grown in the United States. If California were to disappear, what would the American diet be like? Expensive and grainy. California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95...
  • Site That Blamed Benghazi On Internet Video Appoints Itself ‘Fake News’ Arbiter

    12/14/2016 5:03:41 AM PST · by kevcol · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 13, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    Left-wing website Slate should be the final arbiter of what is or not “fake news,” according to left-wing website Slate. The site, which itself has a questionable track record, announced the launch of a Chrome extension that will alert readers if they are reading something deemed “fake news” by Slate. The announcement comes less than a week after Slate ran a story deemed “ridiculous and false” by CNN anchor Jake Tapper. That story, titled “Kellyanne Conway Suggests Men Don’t Want Their Wives to Work in the White House,” twisted Conway’s words to fit a narrative.
  • Man, Bill Clinton Is An Idiot

    07/01/2016 5:59:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 1, 2016 | Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief
    Back in April, Slate’s Michelle Goldberg offered the Hillary Clinton campaign some sage advice: “Fire Bill Clinton.” The Clinton campaign declined to take her suggestion, but perhaps they should give it another look. Bill Clinton is one of the most talented politicians of the past century, but his supposedly infallible skills continue to fail him when put in the service of someone other than himself. On Monday, Clinton was on a tarmac in Phoenix when he learned that the attorney general, Loretta Lynch, would soon be on the same tarmac. He delayed his flight so he could try to meet...
  • Slate Writer asks for Facts on Guns and Gun Law Coverage

    06/28/2016 4:17:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Rachael Larimore, a Senior Editor at Slate, has written a unusual piece for the publication.  It is titled Bullet Points.  You can be forgiven for expecting this will be another uninformed diatribe against those evil conservatives, who if they would only stop licking the boots of their NRA masters, would allow common sense legislation to pass that would prevent crime by outlawing evil guns.  The expected would, in this case, be wrong. Ms Larimore, who has been at Slate since 2002, was, as of 2008, the only Republican at the publication.  That makes her remarkable.  She actually knows how...
  • Rolling Stone Writer: NRA the ‘Greatest Threat to Our Homeland Security’

    06/19/2016 10:22:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 19, 2016 | Tom Johnson
    Omar Mateen claimed at various times to be aligned with terrorist groups including ISIS, Hezbollah, and the al-Nusra Front. Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson does not consider any of those bloodthirsty outfits “the greatest threat to our homeland security today.” That description, Dickinson argues, best fits the National Rifle Association. “The NRA's unhinged gun advocacy,” he wrote in a Wednesday article, “has created a soft underbelly to our homeland security that radicals are exploiting to inflict mass murder.” Dickinson declared, “Make no mistake: The NRA paved the way for the Orlando attack,” given that -- “ The NRA's lobbyists and political...
  • Donald Trump Described Female Apprentice Contestants by Their Breast Size

    06/17/2016 2:14:19 PM PDT · by rktman · 120 replies
    nymag.com ^ | 6/17/2016 | Claire Landsbaum
    In a quest to uncover the real Trump, Slate's Seth Stevenson interviewed several former Apprentice crew members about their onetime boss. One crew member told Stevenson about the time Trump hit on his 28-year-old then-girlfriend, who was a production assistant on the show: "He made a comment about her, knowing that he was mic'd and that we'd all hear it. He said, 'Who's that hot little girl running around?'" He went on, "He was always very open about describing women by their breast size."
  • Why Not Bomb on Ramadan? (Flashback 1998)

    06/12/2016 8:00:49 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Slate ^ | 12/18/1998
    President Clinton has been criticized for bombing Iraq just as the House was about to vote on his impeachment. One of Clinton's justifications for the timing is that Ramadan, an Islamic holy month, begins this weekend. Bombing during Ramadan would be "profoundly offensive to the Muslim world," he argues, thereby "damag[ing] our relations with Arab countries. --SNIP-- Many Muslims actually consider the 10th day of Ramadan an appropriate time for fighting, since it was on that day that Mohammed won a great battle.
  • Donald Trump Shatters His Ceiling (Trump On Way To Nomination)

    04/26/2016 10:50:12 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 70 replies
    Slate ^ | 04/26/2016 | Jim Newell
    There wasn’t any mystery about how Tuesday night’s five Republican presidential primaries would end up: in Donald Trump’s win column. The only thing to watch were his margins: Could he close out against John Kasich in certain highly educated, suburban congressional districts in Connecticut and Maryland, and could he break a 50 percent statewide winner-take-all threshold in Connecticut? Yes, he could! He could do all of that, and he did. He won every state by double digits and cruised in every congressional district awarding bound delegates. He made a joke of his competition and the #NeverTrump cause, just as he...
  • The Only District In New York That Trump Appears to Have LOst Is The One He Lives In

    04/20/2016 12:34:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 63 replies
    Slate ^ | 04/20/2016 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    With 100 percent of election districts reporting, New York state's unofficial election-night results website has Donald Trump losing only one of New York's 27 congressional districts: The 12th, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens as well as the eastern side of Manhattan—including the Fifth Avenue block that's home to Trump Tower, which is where Trump lives and where the Trump Organization is based.
  • Slate Writer: ‘It Might Take Centuries,’ But the Catholic Church Will Accept Same-Sex Marriage

    04/15/2016 10:06:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 15, 2016 | 9:29 PM EDT | Tom Johnson
    Media coverage of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia typically noted that it reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage. Slate’s William Saletan acknowledges the literal truth of that reporting, but suggested in an April 8 article that the document contains seeds that will sprout into Vatican acceptance of same-sex unions, though he admits that process “might take centuries.” Saletan argued that in time, the Church will extend Amoris Laetitia’s treatment of infertile heterosexual couples to same-sex couples: “This double standard, between homosexuality and other forms of infertility, is the cracked pillar at the foundation of the church’s policy against same-sex...
  • Trump Will Bulldoze Through the Northeast - Any claim that he’s lost his momentum is about to end

    04/15/2016 5:20:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | April 14 2016 | Jim Newell
    Those Republicans united in opposition to Donald Trump’s candidacy pulled off the perfect victory in the April 5 Republican primary in Wisconsin. Through a combination of paid and earned media and successful rallying behind Sen. Ted Cruz as the alternate candidate—rather than splitting votes between him and Ohio Gov. John Kasich—the anti-Trump apparatus was able to keep the GOP front-runner’s support ceilinged to 35 percent, roughly the same number he was polling at when there were still six candidates in the race. It was a humiliating loss for Trump, and the one that finally taught him to at least marginally...
  • Trump Is Collapsing in Wisconsin: And that’s really bad for his delegate math

    03/30/2016 11:52:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 209 replies
    Slate ^ | March 30, 2016 | Jim Newell
    The April 5 Republican primary in Wisconsin is looking less like a toss-up between Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz and more like a probable win for Cruz. This would be a fairly grave problem for Trump in his effort to reach 1,237 delegates ahead of the convention. Further, a new Wisconsin poll from a well-respected outfit shows horrific favorability ratings for Trump in the state among all voters, mirroring his recent national downturn. If he can’t reach enough delegates ahead of the convention, and his support shows signs of erosion in the final contests—all while his overall favorability rating...
  • A Whole Field of Psychology Research May Be Bunk. Scientists Should Be Terrified.

    03/08/2016 6:01:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    Slate ^ | March 7, 2016 | Daniel Engber
    [SNIP]The diminution of the Big Idea isn’t easy to accept,even for those willing to concede that there are major problems in their field.An ego depletion optimist might acknowledge that psychology studies tend to be too small to demonstrate a real effect,or that scientists like to futz around with their statistics until the answers come out right.(None of this implies deliberate fraud;just that sloppy standards prevail.)Still,the optimist would say,it seems unlikely that such mistakes would propagate so thoroughly throughout a single literature,and that so many noisy,spurious results could line up quite so perfectly.If all these successes came about by random chance,then...
  • Plurality Rules (Don’t confuse Donald Trump’s slim margins with a sign of weakness)

    03/16/2016 10:52:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies
    Slate ^ | 03/16/2016 | Jim Newell
    A bit of conventional wisdom was settling in on Wednesday morning that though Donald Trump enjoyed a good “Super Tuesday II,” with victories in the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, and—tentatively—Missouri, he may not have done well enough to ward off a contested convention. John Kasich’s win in his home state, Ohio, deprived Trump of a juicy 66 delegates, and he has still not shown that he can claim a state with anything greater than a plurality of the popular vote. By the Associated Press’ latest estimate, he’ll need to win 54 percent of the remaining delegates to...
  • Do Our Names Shape Our Destinies? Trump’s Might (Its All In A Name Alert)

    03/15/2016 3:01:31 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | 03/14/2016 | Theodore R. Johnson
    The word trump is defined as a playing card of a particular suit that outranks cards of another suit. And in its use as a verb, it means to outdo or surpass. There is no question that every one of this year’s Republican candidates for president has been trumped. When Trump resorts to name-calling, holds raucous rallies that draw audiences in the thousands, and employs media savvy that makes him the subject of every conversation, he is playing the trump card. It’s a feat that none of the other candidates have been able to match, and not for lack of...
  • The Trump Coalition (The GOP Front-Runner’s Base Is Broad And Durable)

    03/02/2016 1:06:33 AM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | 02/02/2016 | Jamelle Bouie
    But Trump’s relative weakness doesn’t mean he’s vulnerable. While Trump isn’t as strong as previous front-runners, his coalition has a similar shape. Take Virginia, a varied state where Trump won with 34.7 percent of the vote. The Washington D.C. suburbs aside, Trump won every region of the state, from exurban Northern Virginia and the central region of the state, to the vote-rich, eastern Tidewater and the Richmond metropolitan area. More important than that, however, is the ideological and socio-economic shape of his coalition. Trump won “very conservative” and “somewhat conservative” voters in Virginia, and placed second with self-described Republican moderates....
  • Justice Clarence Thomas breaks 10-year streak, asks question in court

    02/29/2016 9:01:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/29/2016 | By Ariane de Vogue
    For the first time in a decade, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke during oral arguments. Just last week, CNN wrote about the ten-year anniversary of Thomas's last question at oral arguments. That anniversary, February 22, came on the same day the Supreme Court first heard oral arguments after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who was Thomas's ideological soul mate and who had defended his lack of questions over the years. According to reporters in the courtroom Monday, Thomas asked a government attorney, Ilana H. Eisenstein, several questions during a case concerning gun ownership and domestic violence. The question...