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obamacare repeal might be dead. trump’s effort to sabotage the law is very much alive.

obamacare repeal appears to be dead. again. maybe. for the time being anyway. but in the meantime, the trump administration is still moving forward with its backup plan to simply sabotage the law’s exchanges by making sure the fewest possible people sign up for coverage. their latest move? simply shutting down healthcare.gov on days when people are likely to shop for health coverage. phil galewitz of kaiser health news has tweeted that department of health and human services is planning to close the site from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. on most of the upcoming sundays during open enrollment, which is only supposed to last a brief 45 days this year, thanks to a rule the administration released in april. a department of health and human s...




in 2017, the triumph of battle of the sexes feels like a hollow victory

in 1973, when billie jean king beat bobby riggs in the heavily hyped cross-gender tennis match billed as “the battle of the sexes” and televised to an audience of 90 million viewers, i was a small child with little understanding of and less interest in the sport. but i have a clear memory of being invested in the outcome of the game, which was the talk of the elementary school playground (and everywhere else) that fall. riggs, a 55-year-old former wimbledon winner turned tireless self-promoter, had beaten the world’s top-ranked female player, margaret court, a few months earlier in a blowout exhibition game that became known as the “mother’s day massacre.” he’d spent the summer lording it over the entire female sex in grand sh...




kingsman: the golden circle

blithely misogynist and glibly sociopathic, matthew vaughn’s kingsman: the secret service was the definition of a problematic fave, an over-the-top sendup that embodied everything it pretended to critique. right up to its final moments, in which taron egerton’s swaggering spy, eggsy, is rewarded for saving the world with a comely blonde’s offer of anal sex, the movie was insistently, gleefully tasteless, like a lad-mag version of pink flamingos. with its nattily attired secret agents and world-destroying villain, the movie’s burlesque of james bondian excess was so blunt it barely qualified as satire, but its agreeable slickness and the sight of colin firth felling enemies with a high-tech umbrella made it impossible to wholly disli...




london to uber: get out

starting in october, londoners may have one fewer way to get around town. it will be the first month since 2012 that europe’s largest city goes without uber, whose license to operate will expire on sept. 30. transport for london, the city’s transportation department, will not renew it, the agency announced on friday. it’s a massive blow to uber, which has 40,000 drivers in the british capital. the company has three weeks to appeal and may continue operating while the appeal is considered. the ride-hailing company has already done significant damage to london’s black cabs, a guildlike profession whose drivers must memorize 25,000 streets in a test that has been shown to expand the size of their hippocampus, the region of the bra...




netflix

stills by mirimax, universal studios, vestron video, and crystal pictures inc.every month, tons of new movies and tv shows become available to stream for free for subscribers to netflix instant, hulu, hbo now, and amazon prime. with so many different streaming services, it can be hard to keep track of them all—especially if you belong to more than one service. below, we present to you the ultimate streaming guide. we’ll let you decide which service has the best new titles. (all titles arrive sept. 1 unless otherwise specified.)netflixcarol.the weinstein company advertisement must watchcarol (2015) (sept. 20)jaws (1975)pulp fiction (1994)good watchbachelorette (2012) (sept. 26)city of god (2002)dead poets society (1989)deep blue sea (1999...




netflix

pulp fictionmiramaxevery month, tons of new movies and tv shows become available to stream for free for subscribers to netflix instant, hulu, hbo now, and amazon prime. with so many different streaming services, it can be hard to keep track of them all—especially if you belong to more than one service. below, we present to you the ultimate streaming guide. we’ll let you decide which service has the best new titles. (all titles arrive sept. 1 unless otherwise specified.)netflix advertisement must watchcarol (2015) (sept. 20)jaws (1975)pulp fiction (1994) advertisement good watchbachelorette (2012) (sept. 26)city of god (2002)dead poets society (1989) advertisement deep blue sea (1999)gangs of new york (2002)gone baby gone (2007)she’s go...




netflix

adaptation, jackie brown, high noon, and saving private ryan are just a few of the great movies coming to streaming in august.columbia pictures, miramax, unviersal pictures, and amblin entertainment.every month, tons of new movies and tv shows become available to stream for free for subscribers to netflix instant, hulu, hbo now, and amazon prime. with so many different streaming services, it can be hard to keep track of them all—especially if you belong to more than one service. below, we present to you the ultimate streaming guide. we’ll let you decide which service has the best new titles. (all titles arrive aug. 1 unless otherwise specified.)netflixmichael keaton in the founder.the wei...




trump meets putin

when president trump journeys to hamburg, germany, this week for the g-20 summit, he will lock eyes for the first time with his russian counterpart vladimir putin in a meeting that, whatever its outcome, will almost certainly deepen the year-old controversy about their relationship. it comes amid multiple probes into putin’s interference in our 2016 election, into trump’s possible complicity with that interference, and trump’s curious tolerance—even admiration—of putin’s most dastardly deeds. u.s. officials say trump won’t raise the election antics in the conversation that they’ll break away from the crowded summit to hold. what they will talk about, for how long, and with ...




netflix

best in show, johnny guitar, the good, the bad, and the ugly, and the dark knight are just a few of the great titles coming to streaming in july.photo illustration by slate.every month, tons of new movies and tv shows become available to stream for free for subscribers to netflix instant, hulu, hbo now, and amazon prime. with so many different streaming services, it can be hard to keep track of them all—especially if you belong to more than one service. below, we present to you the ultimate streaming guide. we’ll let you decide which service has the best new titles. (all titles arrive july 1 unless otherwise specified.)netflix advertisement must watchbest in show (2000)e.t. the extra-terr...




you snooze you lose

mitch mcconnell is winning, yet again. senate republicans are reportedly close to voting on a bill that would repeal obamacare and potentially strip insurance from millions of americans. under normal circumstances, this sort of momentous legislation would have been dominating the news cycle for weeks. instead, it’s been virtually absent from broadcast news and become a c-level subplot on cable, thanks to mcconnell’s tactically ingenious decision to skip the normal committee process and craft his party’s bill behind closed doors, before rushing it to a floor vote, likely next week. without a public process, journalists just haven’t had much to cover—and voters haven’t been able...




days of deportation

to mark president donald trump’s first 100 days in office, the department of homeland security posted a multimedia update on its website featuring video of faceless federal agents placing handcuffs on a series of suspects. immigration and customs enforcement officers had detained some 41,000 undocumented immigrants in that period—a 38 percent year-on-year increase—which, according to the site, reflects “president trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws.” the update listed the names of now-detained immigrants who had been wanted for murder, following similar announcements from ice highlighting detentions of rapists and kidnappers. but fewer than 9 percent of the detaine...




when the nazis come marching in

as a resident of charlottesville, virginia, i have been forced of late to spend too much time thinking about nazis. in mid-may, a handful of white supremacists, holocaust deniers, xenophobes, and recreational racists—among them richard spencer—marched through one of our parks with flaming torches in support of a robert e. lee statue that has been slated to be sold by the city council. the demonstration grabbed headlines worldwide, the statue’s removal has been placed on a six-month hold by a judge, and the ku klux klan is now seeking permission to march here in july. a few weeks after the first march, a facebook post from a local black farmer went viral due to its suggestion that the a...




netflix

young frankenstein, bend it like beckham, i am not your negro, and on the waterfront are just a few of the great movies coming to streaming in june.stills by © twentieth century fox film corporation, twentieth century fox film corporation, magnolia pictures , and © columbia pictures.every month, tons of new movies and tv shows become available to stream for free for subscribers to netflix instant, hulu, hbo now, and amazon prime. with so many different streaming services, it can be hard to keep track of them all—especially if you belong to more than one service. below, we present to you the ultimate streaming guide. we’ll let you decide which service has the best new titles. (all title...




will we ever have a woman as president?

on may 16, members of the democratic party elite gathered at a four seasons in georgetown for the center for american progress’ ideas conference, which was widely seen as a cattle call for potential 2020 presidential candidates. if everyone hadn’t been so distracted by the unfolding trump-russia scandal, it might have felt more notable that among the speakers rumored to be 2020 prospects were four women: sens. elizabeth warren, kirsten gillibrand, kamala harris, and amy klobuchar. the next democratic primary may have not just one woman but a field of them. “the resistance is female, in every way,” cap president neera tanden told me. it would be thrilling to see several women step f...




the gentleman and the child

watch philip pullman's exclusive video introduction to the book of dust here. it’s been 17 years since lyra belacqua’s story ended in the amber spyglass, the devastating final novel in philip pullman’s majestic trilogy his dark materials. but how did lyra’s story begin? in october, we begin to find out, with the publication of la belle sauvage, the first volume in a new trilogy from pullman, the book of dust. this excerpt from the novel’s chapter 10, published exclusively in the u.s. by slate, introduces readers to the hero of volume 1: 11-year-old malcolm polstead, who lives with his parents at the trout inn near oxford, across the river thames from godstow pr...




the rise of the liberal conspiracy theorist

you may have heard on the internet last week that, according to “multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice, and law enforcement communities,” the marshal of the supreme court had commenced the sacred impeachment-notification rite—you know, the one you learned about in civics class, in which the marshal marches to the white house in a cool costume and tells the president that proceedings for his removal have begun. “the notification was given, as part of the formal process of the matter, in order that mr. trump knew he was not able to use his powers of pardon against other suspects in trump-russia cases,” louise mensch explained on her website patribotics. she added, “...




daryl bem proved esp is real

it seemed obvious, at first, that jade wu was getting punked. in the fall of 2009, the cornell university undergraduate had come across a posting for a job in the lab of one of the world’s best-known social psychologists. a short while later, she found herself in a conference room, seated alongside several other undergraduate women. “have you guys heard of extrasensory perception?” daryl bem asked the students. they shook their heads. while most labs in the psych department were harshly lit with fluorescent ceiling bulbs, bem’s was set up for tranquility. a large tasseled tapestry stretched across one wall, and a cubicle partition was draped with soft, black fabric. it felt like...




breitbart is covering trump’s classified leak to the russians exactly like you’d expect

breitbart is covering trump’s classified leak to the russians exactly like you’d expect...




how twin peaks spawned a whole tv genre, from lost to mr. robot to westworld, that wants to be a riddle for viewers to solve.

may 03, 2017cover story when the twin peaks reboot premieres on may 21, after a 26-year hiatus, it will be returning to a world it helped make but didn’t, itself, exist in. david lynch and mark frost’s mystical murder mystery melodrama changed television: it looked like nothing else, it sounded like nothing else, it was like nothing else—except everything else that came after it. among twin peaks’ particular descendants are shows like lost, true detective, mr. robot, and westworld, a cadre of series known as “puzzle tv” because viewers treat them as something to “solve,” an assortment of clues and red herrings that, with proper sleuthing, will allow them to beat the ...




the week the world almost ended

one of the cold war’s great mysteries is how the world survived the second week of november 1983. that it did is in large part thanks to the actions—or, more accurately, the inaction—of an air force officer named leonard perroots, who died this january. that it almost did not was a function of ronald reagan’s rhetorical and military bellicosity, the soviets’ fear of that aggressiveness, and a tragicomic degree of misperception. at no other point in history had two nations devoted the level of human, financial, and technical resources that the united states and the soviet union did to sussing each other’s intentions. and yet their confusion remained so total that the soviets mi...