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The Problem With Gay Conservatives Isn't Political Ideology, It's a Lack of Empathy

(blog) (blog)The panelists included Fred Karger, a gay Republican who ran for president in 2012; Gregory Angelo, president of the Log Cabin Republicans; Chadwick...

Willa Paskin's Top 10 TV Shows of 2016

Donald Glover's show about a broke Ivy League dropout trying to manage his cousin Paper Boi's (the great Brian Tyree Henry) burgeoning rap career, while...

How American Girl's Puberty Books Shaped a Whole Generation of Tweens

(blog) (blog)And it's promising to see that the series is taking baby steps toward loosening up its famously conservative brand. After all, for this...

Mormon Distrust of Donald Trump Runs Deep. Could Utah Go to Clinton?

“I have many friends that live in Salt Lake,” Trump said. “I've had many Mormons work ... Mike Lee of Utah responded angrily to a...

How Trump Adviser Roger Stone Became Washington's Sleaziest Political Operator

... or unable to work for elected officials, Stone worked on campaigns. In 1975, frustrated by how difficult it was for Republican candidates to raise...

Rep. Steve King Tries, Fails to Unite America by Keeping Harriet Tubman Off the $20 Bill

(blog) (blog)America has cleared the second major hurdle in its quest to get a woman on U.S. paper currency. First, earlier this year, Hamilton...

Adverbs Are Overwhelmingly, Indisputably the Best Part of Speech

(blog) (blog)Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that's...

This Week's Conservative Pundit Tracker: Did Trump's SCOTUS Shortlist Make a Difference?

(blog) (blog)Hugh Hewitt, who has said he will vote for Trump if he's the nominee, called it a “great start,” while #NeverTrumper Erick Erickson...

Why Does Steph Curry, the World's Best Basketball Player, Wear Such Corny Sneakers?

While an analyst from the research firm NPD Group told Quartz that he'd still bet on Nike stalwart LeBron James outselling Curry this year, Morgan...

Ben Carson: Sarah Palin Is on List of Potential Trump Vice-Presidential Picks

(blog) (blog)Ben Carson says former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is being considered as a potential running mate for presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. In...

Introducing the Conservative Pundit Tracker: Where 25 Commentators Stand on Trump, Week by Week

(blog) (blog)Ever since Donald Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee, we and others in the media have been paying close attention to which Republican...

An Astronomy Professor Reportedly Taught Intelligent Design to His Students. Then He Got Tenure.

Barry Goldwater, the all-but-certain nominee, and viewed Rockefeller, with his fondness for glossy art magazines, as the sneering embodiment of the Eastern establishment, which looked...

The Many, Many Reasons Why Conservatives Won't Run a Third-Party Candidate Against Trump

(blog) (blog)But, as my Slate colleague Jim Newell has noted, the whole point of a conservative third-party run is that it would be conservative...

The Libertarian Party Chairman Explains Why the Romney Third Party Talk Is Nuts

(blog) (blog)With the selection of Donald Trump as the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, a lot of disgruntled anti-Trump conservatives have been looking for a...

A Rebellion Is Growing in the United Methodist Church Over LGBTQ Inclusion

(blog)It's an open question how long the UMC's conservative majority will tolerate this bubbling up of resistance by growing numbers of ministers and bishops.

Dick Cheney and Donald Trump: A Match Made in Torture Heaven

(blog) (blog)“I cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative, nor has he displayed...

Trump Endorsement Tracker: Who's In, Who's Out, and Who Would Rather Not Say

(blog) (blog)It is decided: Donald Trump will be the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nominee. Now, the struggle begins, as GOP Congress members, senators, governors,...

Celebrating the Bard's Crudest Moments

(blog) (blog)Ford, the sitting president, was the standard-bearer for a moderate Republicanism that was waning against a vigorous and ascendant brand of conservatism. Ronald...

Oh No, the Puppies Are Back for the 2016 Hugo Awards—and As Angry As Ever

(blog) (blog)Convinced that the genre had eschewed swashbuckling space opera in favor of politically correct, scoldy garbage, these “activists” proposed a slate of “corrective”...

Red Herring: A Wild Goose Chase That Stinks From Fish

Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the phrase red herring with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more...

It's No Secret That the Obama Administration Has Been Terrible on Transparency

President Obama turned a few heads on Fox News Sunday when host Chris Wallace asked him whether Hillary Clinton's emails—some of which contained information since...

E-Sports Are Bringing Play and Performance Back to Video Games

Shortly after the matchup, which Team Cuban won, Cuban blasted Colin Cowherd, then an ESPN radio host, who had dismissed professional gamers as basement-dwelling nerds...

The Carmichael Show Is Great Because It's a Single-Camera Sitcom Dressed Up as a Multicam Sitcom

(blog) (blog)When NBC's The Carmichael Show, currently in the midst of its second season, premiered, Reddit and YouTube commenters were put off by its...

Can One Crusading Court Stop Prosecutors From Lying, Cheating, and Standing By Bad Verdicts?

Instead, the trial prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Paul Vinegrad, relied on the testimony of Daniel Melendez, a jailhouse informant who was facing his own murder...

Boyd McDonald Was a Gay Pornographer by Day, Peerless Movie Critic by Night

(blog) (blog)Of Nixon crony Cardinal Terence Cooke, McDonald wrote, “What makes Cooke especially sickening, in his opposition to New York City's proposed bill for...

Trump Fumbles Abortion Question Again, Says Current Laws Shouldn't Change

(blog) (blog)Host John Dickerson proceeded to ask Trump about previous comments in which he said abortion should be banned at some point of the...

Why Conservatives Are Talking About Poor Whites the Way They Usually Talk About Blacks

“If you spend time in hardscrabble, white upstate New York, or eastern Kentucky, or my own native West Texas,” writes Kevin Williamson for National Review,...

The GOP's Obession With Planned Parenthood Is Slowing Research on Zika and Encouraging the Spread of HIV

(blog) (blog)Since last July, when the right wing group the Center for Medical Progress released misleadingly edited videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood selling...

Pro-Choice Advocates Fear That Roe v. Wade Could Be Lost. But It Already Happened.

That reading obscures the impact of dozens of anti-abortion attorneys—senators, governors, judges, legislators, lawyers for the Department of Justice and the Catholic Church, most of...

The Push for GMO Labeling Isn't About Facts. It's a Religious Movement.

Pamm Larry, the rural grandma who launched California's labeling initiative in 2011, told the Atlantic's Molly Ball that the plan came to her in a...

James Hansen's Bombshell Climate Warning Is Now Part of the Scientific Canon

(blog) (blog)Last summer, James Hansen—the pioneer of modern climate science—pieced together a research-based revelation: a little-known feedback cycle between the oceans and massive ice...

The Week in Culture, “Southern-Fried Machismo” Edition

(blog) (blog)And in case you believed the court's conservatives have maybe come around on Obamacare—well, no. They still hate it. But now ... Chief...

Infinite Scroll, Cruz 2020, and Divorcing While Female

Does it seem like Democratic presidents have been picking relatively centrist judges for the Supreme Court lately, while Republicans have tapped unabashed conservatives? Lawrence Baum...

In Texas, the Closest Abortion Clinic Might Be Hours Away. These Women Will Drive You There.

Angie Hayes, who started the organization in August 2013, was volunteering as a clinic escort when she noticed a number of women showing up and...

Lesbian Authors Have Typically Been Excluded From Mainstream Success. Can Sarah Schulman Change That?

(blog) (blog)That reading obscures the impact of dozens of anti-abortion attorneys—senators, governors, judges, legislators, lawyers for the Department of Justice and the Catholic Church,...

Even Republicans Disagree With Indiana's Extreme New Abortion Bill

(blog) (blog)Sean Eberhart, a Republican who described himself as “as pro-life as they come.” Rep. Sharon Negele, a Republican who sponsored a bill to...

Megyn Kelly Thinks She's the Next Oprah Winfrey. Here's Why She's Not.

(blog) (blog)Kelly garnered sympathy and solidarity from scores of feminists when she called out Donald Trump's record of sexist insults last year and got...

Some Advice for House Conservatives: Maybe Stop Promising Voters Crazy Stuff?

But there is one argument that comes close to intersecting with reality as a rational explanation for House conservatives' intransigent behavior against their leaders. It...

The Force Awakens Is About to Make an Ungodly Sum of Money. What Does That Say ...

(blog) (blog)Even more conservative forecasts have Jurassic World's $208.8 million record firmly in reach, and the lowest you'll really see anyone go is about...

Some White Guys Love to Mansplain Away Sexism When It Comes to Hillary Clinton

This week Salon writer Daniel Denvir wrote about how Hillary Clinton “sold out working women” by supporting welfare reform during her husband's administration. ... Some...

Russell Simmons' RushCard Is Predatory. Poor Americans Deserve Better.

According to data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 17 million Americans are “unbanked”—they are without bank accounts—while 58 million are “underbanked,” meaning they lack...

GOP Candidates Are Using Black Lives Matter to Scare Whites Into Voting for Them

Scott Walker in an op-ed last week, citing “demonstrations and chants where people describe police as 'pigs' and call for them to be 'fried like...

I Was Born Homosexual. I Chose to Be Gay.

Let's listen to How to Be Gay author David Halperin when he argues that “it is not enough for a man to be homosexual in...

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants Anti-Gay Businesses to Post “No Gays Allowed ...

(blog) (blog)When not debating whether to outlaw hoodies or protect parents' decision to force their children into ex-gay conversion therapy, the severely conservative Oklahoma...

How Do You Play The Originalist?

(blog) (blog)For the past year, Gero—an award-winning Shakespearean actor who's played Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol as well as icons from Richard Nixon...

Jeb Bush Backers Are Busing Supporters From K Street to CPAC

(blog) (blog)It sounds like Jeb Bush's supporters are taking CPAC pretty seriously this year. Emails provided to Slate show that backers of the former...

Patricia Arquette's Shallow and Insulting Oscar Comments: Good for GIFs, Bad ...

(blog) (blog)It's easy to laugh at the timid way that celebrities frequently wade into feminism, offering pat statements scripted by a team of public...

The Scottish Conservative Party's New Ad Features Cute Lesbian Family Scenes ...

(blog)Today, the Scottish Conservative Party revealed a new spot, and it is fascinating. The film features party leader Ruth Davidson challenging “myths” about the...

How to Protect Your Neighbors From the Gay Gremlin Threat

(blog)Culler is challenging—with little chance of winning—popular Democrat incumbent James Clyburn, but his dim prospects haven't stopped him from deploying creative (to put it...

Chipotle's Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing

(blog) (blog)That model—"fast casual"—is often described as the sweet spot of the dining world: to provide the ambience and food quality of a casual...