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See No Evil Trumpcare

Senate Republicans have figured out how to treat the American Health Care Act. To them the House health care bill is a piece of legislation not just passed by another chamber, but in another time, on another planet, with no relevance to any ongoing legislative activity in their own chamber on Earth 1 in the year 2017. Show More Summary

Trump Finally Understands Something

On his trip to Saudi Arabia this week, President Trump talked a lot about religious violence. But he never uttered one of his favorite phrases: “radical Islamic terrorism.” The omission sparked chatter about why he dropped the term and whether this portended a policy shift in the Middle East. Show More Summary

Mulvaney’s Medicaid Mirage

What should we make of President Trump’s latest budget proposal? Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, calls it a “taxpayer-first budget,” one that aims to balance the federal budget over the next decade by reducing future federal spending by $3.6 trillion. Show More Summary

Fox News Is Losing Its Grip

May 9, 2017, was a momentous day in American politics—unless you were watching Fox News. Late that afternoon, President Trump stunned Washington by firing James Comey less than a week after the FBI director had testified to Congress about, among other things, the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible connections to Russia. Show More Summary

“Nothing but Slumlords”

It’s a common observation that poverty is expensive. That living on the margins—or close to them—means higher costs for basic necessities like housing, food, and transportation. That living paycheck-to-paycheck makes ordinary banking...Show More Summary

Risky Bet

The national Democratic Party heard the message. After James Thompson, the Democratic candidate in Kansas’s 4 th Congressional District special election last month, came within single digits of the Republican candidate without a lick of help from the national party, the Bernie Sanders wing of the party made known its displeasure. Show More Summary

Why Sean Hannity Won’t Let Go of the Seth Rich Conspiracy

For the past week, Fox News has been heavily promoting a conspiracy theory linking the unsolved 2016 murder of a young Democratic National Committee staffer to WikiLeaks’ publication of stolen DNC emails. The implication, first floated...Show More Summary

President Con Artist

Donald Trump’s pitch for his Trump University promised a world of possibility to potential students. “At Trump University, we teach success. That’s what it’s all about. Success,” he tells his audience. “It’s going to happen to you.” In one advertisement promoting free seminars for the school, Trump guaranteed results. Show More Summary

Trump’s Biggest Broken Promise

The most black-and-white broken promise of President Donald Trump’s early tenure has been his administration’s treatment of Medicaid. On the campaign trail, he promised not to cut the health care program that covers more than 70 million low-income people. Show More Summary

The Class of Trump

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is getting bolder. On Monday it announced 20 new districts it would target for recruitment and potential investment, raising its total target list to 79 districts. The initial round ofShow More Summary

The Future of American Conservatism

This is a transcript of from the May 11 edition of the Political Gabfest. Slate Plus transcripts are lightly edited and may contain errors. For the definitive record, consult the podcast. David Plotz: What is the present and future of...Show More Summary

Mr. Complicit

In the last week, as reports of Watergate-level misconduct have raised the possibility of President Trump’s impeachment, eyes have turned toward Mike Pence, the man who would succeed him. Pence bills himself as an upstanding Christian stuck in a spiraling situation not of his making. Show More Summary

House Republicans May Have to Vote on Trumpcare Again

As the House was voting on the American Health Care Act on May 4, some Democratic members shouted “WHERE’S THE SCORE?” at their colleagues across the aisle. They were voting on a major piece of legislation without fully knowing its ramifications, since the Congressional Budget Office had yet to score its final version. Show More Summary

The Sheriff of Trump’s America

From 2008 to 2013, 10 people died in the jail run by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. In 2016, over a six-month period, four people died in his jail, including a newborn baby. One inmate, Terrill Thomas, died of “profound dehydration.” He was heard begging for water in the days before his death. Show More Summary

What Pence Believes

Before Mike Pence accepted Donald Trump’s invitation to run as his vice president, the Indiana governor was locked in a tight re-election campaign. The Democratic candidate, John R. Gregg, also ran against Pence in 2012 and lost by just 2 percentage points. Show More Summary

The Only Way Trump Gets Impeached

In the past few weeks, the impeachment of Donald Trump has moved from the realm of liberal fantasy to real, if still distant possibility. The U.S. president violates democratic norms and expectations around presidential conduct. AndShow More Summary

All the Times Trump Has Been “Surprised” Since the Election

Because Trump’s vocabulary is so limited, every word in his quiver has a big job to do. This is especially true of the word “surprised.” To hear the president tell it, he is frequently surprised: when his supporters do bad things and...Show More Summary

Say It Ain’t Joe!

One of the underappreciated side horrors of the ongoing Donald Trump nightmare has been its release of certain ghouls from the cellar of American politics, where they were supposed to be locked for eternity. Thanks to the Donald Trump presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani returned to the daily political conversation. Show More Summary

Mike Pence Can’t Save the GOP

The odds of Donald Trump leaving office before the end of his term are still incredibly low. But that hasn’t stopped some Republicans from thinking about—and perhaps pining for—Vice President Mike Pence to replace him, and urging their compatriots to think similarly. Show More Summary

“No One Will Miss Him”

Soon after news of the death of disgraced Fox News chief Roger Ailes broke Thursday morning, Slate Political Gabfest hosts David Plotz and Emily Bazelon joined Trumpcast’s Jacob Weisberg to discuss Ailes, the legacy of his cable empire, and the grotesque cases of sexual harassment that eventually led to his ouster. Show More Summary

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