This Is Us Just Delivered the This Is Us–iest Twist Ever

This article originally appeared in Vulture. This week’s episode of This Is Us gave us the first genuinely surprising twist of the second season, in the This Is Us–iest possible way. (Uh, yeah, spoilers ahead.) The episode, called “Still There,” devoted its entire Kate and Toby plotline to totally misdirecting…
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The Florida Project Has the Most Perfect Ending of Any Movie in Years

Crafting the perfect end to a film is an unenviable task. They’re rare. Many of the best endings provide a special kind of satisfaction, where all the events of the film come together in an inevitable moment of harmonic resolution. Occasionally, though, a filmmaker chooses to go in the opposite…
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Smallpox Could Again Be a Serious Threat

SynBioBeta, which bills itself as the world’s premier forum for innovators and investors interested in synthetic biology, concluded its sixth annual conference in San Francisco earlier this month. Companies from across the country and from around the world delivered presentations on how they are finding biological solutions to human problems.…
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Before the Fall

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GOP Mississippi Senator Reportedly Appeared “Frail and Disoriented” in Capitol After Health Issues

Politico tagged along with longtime Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran Wednesday and ended up with a story headlined: “Frail and disoriented, Cochran says he’s not retiring.” The 7-term Republican senator has been in office for 44 years, but at the age of 79, the report more clearly articulated some of the…
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Today in Conservative Media: Trump’s Gold Star Comments Might Be the Stupidest Controversy Yet

A daily roundup of the biggest stories in right-wing media. Conservatives surveyed the controversy over whether President Trump told the widow of a soldier killed earlier this month in Niger that he “knew what he signed up for.” National Review’s Rich Lowry called the matter—which came out of Trump’s claim…
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Falling for the Gambler’s Fallacy

Listen to Episode 851 of Slate’s The Gist: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. If the roulette wheel keeps stopping on green, it’s bound to stop on red soon, right? It must be time for another…
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The Trump Administration Supports the Police, So Long as the Police Agree with the Administration

Much of the coverage of Jeff Sessions’ appearance on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee has focused on what the attorney general did and didn’t say about Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. But it’s also worth noting a back-and-forth between Sessions and Dick Durbin, an exchange…
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Would $1 Million in Hot Dogs Violate the Emoluments Clause?

In a federal courthouse in Manhattan on Wednesday morning, lawyers for the Department of Justice tried to persuade Federal District Judge George B. Daniels to toss the civil lawsuit accusing the president of violating the Constitution by accepting foreign money while in office. Perhaps the high point of the morning came…
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The Book of Dust, Volume 1

You should not use the word love lightly. Love, about a person, means that every inch of them delights you, even the parts that also cause you pain or terror. It means you care about their flourishing; their way of seeing is dear to you; you want to stroke their…
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