Letter eighty three: Australia’s ‘Hollowed Out’ Politics, Explained

Letter 83ImagePrime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, in September.CreditCreditMick Tsikas/EPA, via ShutterstockThe Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau chief. Sign up to get it by email. Here’s where to find all our Oceania coverage.______Labor won a landslide victory…

Why Mountainous Laws Is Taking on Trump Over Immigration

ImageLee Gelernt, deputy director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, called the work of major firms “indispensable.”CreditCreditJesse Dittmar for The New York Times[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.]Corporate lawyers at Paul Weiss, a prestigious Manhattan law firm, often spend their…

Showing up: Notes from Session 1 of TEDWomen 2018

Live from TEDWomen Propelled by possibility, Tarana Burke opens TEDWomen 2018 with a powerful call to action: “We owe future generations nothing less than a world free of sexual violence,” she says. (Photo: Marla Aufmuth / TED) Women the world over are no longer accepting the status quo. They’re showing up and pushing boundaries. Whatever their…

On felony justice reform, coverage prevails over politics

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)WASHINGTON — On Thursday afternoon, an all-star team from across the conservative movement gathered on Capitol Hill to celebrate a major accomplishment of the Trump administration. Standing with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in a wood-paneled Senate meeting room, were members of Americans…

Perspective: How US can reach new Iran deal – after Trump

Image copyright AFP Image caption Potential presidential hopefuls like Elizabeth Warren will have to accept there can be no return to the Iran deal The American mid-term elections are over. The 2020 US presidential campaign begins now. Former US Assistant Secretary of State PJ Crowley has some advice for contenders on how to plan an…

Armistice Day and Our ‘Forever Wars’

Why do they drag on interminably? Because one side lacks the means to win and the other lacks the will.Nov. 15, 2018ImageIsraeli defense missiles intercepting fire from the Gaza Strip on Monday.CreditJack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesThis has been a week of drawing lessons from World War I. Here’s mine: What was commemorated in Paris…

Nonfiction: Two Main Intellectuals Analyze What Ails The United States

NonfictionImageCreditCreditGabriel AlcalaTHE POLITICS OF PETULANCE America in an Age of Immaturity By Alan Wolfe 210 pp. The University of Chicago Press. $25.AMERICA, COMPROMISED By Lawrence Lessig 251 pp. The University of Chicago Press. $24.Among President Trump’s major accomplishments is the booming industry in books about him, his administration, the state of democracy in America, the…

The Thrill of a Ladies’s Wave

Watching anti-Trump female candidates win is exciting, but I’m worried about all they’re being asked to do.By Jill FilipovicContributing Opinion WriterNov. 7, 2018ImageMikie Sherrill celebrating her election in New Jersey to the House of Representatives on Tuesday night.CreditCreditDemetrius Freeman for The New York TimesEnormous turnout. A record number of women running — and winning, some…

As OPEC Meets, Sizing Up Its Vitality and Its Politics

ImageAn oil field near Epping, N.D. The United States has become a central player in global oil markets.CreditCreditJim Wilson/The New York TimesVIENNA — On Thursday, over 200 oil industry representatives, financial analysts and journalists are expected to crowd into a basement auditorium at the headquarters of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. It is…

What Would Uncommon Utopia Take a look at Like?

A new web series imagines a world in which AIDS never happened. But would that solve all our problems? Leo Herrera/The Fathers Project This post is part of Outward, Slate’s home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. Read more here. Uncovering the Hidden History of the AIDS Crisis on the New York Times Obituary Page…

Politics Isn’t Quite. But Politicians Are.

And now for a shallow — but honest — take on the midterms. Nov. 20, 2018ImageAndrew Gillum, who was the Democratic nominee for governor in Florida. “Research suggests that people read such positive characteristics as competence, trustworthiness and vigor into someone’s attractiveness,” Frank Bruni writes.CreditCreditCharlotte Kesl for The New York TimesAt a Beto O’Rourke rally…

Australia: Neatly off But Soundless 2d Rate

For all our good fortune there is a sense in the country that these times, the best of times, have not brought out the best in us. By Lisa PryorContributing Opinion WriterNov. 21, 2018ImagePrime Minister Scott Morrison sits in a chair before Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia,…

Ho Ho No

Groping, inebriation, flashing, and other real-life holiday workplace fiascos. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and filistimlyanin/iStock/Getty Images Plus. Why Don’t Employers Tell Job Applicants When They’ve Been Rejected? No Naughty Nurses Allowed: How to Avoid a Halloween Horror Show at the Office When Employers Demand a Salary Range From Applicants but Refuse to…

‘Already an Exception’: Merkel’s Legacy Is Fashioned by Migration and Austerity

ImageFor 13 years, Angela Merkel has been chancellor of Germany and leader of Europe, steering her country and continent through successive crises.CreditCreditMarkus Schreiber/Associated PressCHEMNITZ, Germany — Two weeks after announcing that she would not seek another term, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was standing in an old locomotive factory in the eastern city of Chemnitz,…

Mississippi Senate Runoff: Here’s What You Could perchance perchance also neutral composed Know – Recent York Times

VideoMississippi has elected only Republicans to the Senate for the last three decades. But a controversial remark by a Republican incumbent, Cindy Hyde-Smith, could flip one of the state’s seats. Here’s how we got here.Published OnNov. 26, 2018CreditCreditChris Todd/EPA, via ShutterstockJACKSON, Miss. — The final Senate race of the year will end on Tuesday, when…

5 Considerations You Will hold to soundless Consume Sooner than Declaring a Company Stand on Politics or Social Change

Social Entrepreneurship Taking a stand is about your values, not your marketing strategy. Image credit: Mitch Blunt | Getty Images John Boitnott VIP Contributor Journalist, Digital Media Consultant and Investor December 4, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Gone are the old days when companies were expected to keep…

The Case of the Tongue-Tied Tight Terminate

In his first year in the broadcast booth, Jason Witten is struggling to find the right words. Will he ever be a competent announcer? Witten brings a certain, um, charm to the booth. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images The Proposed Super League That Could Upend European Soccer The Unluckiest Team in Mexican Soccer Now Has a Chance…

Face up to the Trap of Theological Politics

Instead of applying religious certainty to public debates, Americans need to take a different lesson from their faith traditions. Dec 22, 2018 Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Mike Segar / Reuters There is something corrupting not just about the struggle for power through politics but about politics itself. Philosophers and pundits have long condemned…

Academics who bid politics in school will likely be fired if instruct lawmaker’s invoice passes

CLOSE The teacher strike lasted six days and ended when lawmakers passed a $400M increase to education funding. But teachers say they’re not done fighting. William Flannigan, azcentralA state lawmaker wants to prohibit politics in the classroom in a newly-introduced bill.(Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic)Story HighlightsState Rep. Mark Finchem wants to develop a code of ethics…

Here’s How Russian Trolls Turned Social Media Into a Weapon While Tech Giants Conducted Slow

Photo: GettyOn Monday, two new independent studies commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee were made public, providing the most in-depth look at online Russian interference in the 2016 election to date. The studies found that social media networks haven’t been totally forthcoming with lawmakers, and the propaganda efforts were decidedly designed to elect Donald Trump…

December political cartoons from the usa TODAY Network

None The cartoonist’s homepage, pnj.com/opinion Andy Marlette, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal None The cartoonist’s homepage, indystar.com/opinion/varvel Gary Varvel, The Indianapolis Star None The cartoonist’s homepage, clarionledger.com/opinion Marshall Ramsey, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion Led None The cartoonist’s homepage, pnj.com/opinion Andy Marlette, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal None The cartoonist’s homepage, courier-journal.com/opinion Marc Murphy, (Louisville, Ky.) Courier Journal…

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Lens: The Photography That Lifted Up the Dusky Is Shining Droop

lensFor over 50 years, the photographer Kwame Brathwaite captured African-American beauty and fashion, giving visual power to black power.ImageUntitled (Pat on Car), 1968.CreditCreditKwame Brathwaite/Courtesy of Philip Martin Gallery, Los AngelesThe intersection of West 125th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem was, for decades, a center of black nationalism. Street orators — that’s what they were…

Border Drug Circumstances Hit 20-365 days Low as Prosecutors Eager in Migrants

ImageA United States border patrol officer amid drivers waiting on the Mexico-U.S. border crossing.CreditCreditMarco Ugarte/Associated PressSometimes two campaign promises can conflict. This happened after the Trump administration poured more resources into prosecuting migrants for crossing the Southwest border earlier in the year. What followed was a significant slowdown in the pursuit of drug traffickers, another…

Parties Dig In On Border Wall Funding…

WASHINGTON—The charged politics around funding a wall along the southern border has both parties struggling to keep the government funded as the clock ticks toward a partial shutdown at week’s end.With seven spending bills set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Republicans and White House officials over the weekend discussed a two-week spending measure, aides…

Europe Edition: France, Brexit, Steve Bannon: Your Wednesday Briefing

Europe Edition(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Good morning. France makes a concession, Theresa May suffers defeats and Italy arrests mobsters. Here’s the latest:ImageCreditThibault Camus/Associated Press• France backs down. In an extraordinary concession after three weeks of increasingly violent protests around France, the government of President Emmanuel Macron announced a six-month suspension…

Am I Obligated to Give My Boss a Vacation Reward?

Workplace gift-giving etiquette is less complicated than you think. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and eclipse_images/iStock/Getty Images Plus. Groping, Inebriation, Flashing, and Other Real-Life Holiday Workplace Debacles Why Don’t Employers Tell Job Applicants When They’ve Been Rejected? No Naughty Nurses Allowed: How to Avoid a Halloween Horror Show at the Office When Employers…