California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Tuesday that the state has brought felony charges against David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt for secretly recording private discussions. Daleiden and Merritt, anti-abortion activists and self-styled undercover journalists, interviewed officials from Planned Parenthood and an affiliated biomedical company called StemExpress LLC. The duo used fake names and driver’s licenses and pretended to represent a fictitious company. They recorded the conversations on hidden cameras and released them online in 2015, claiming they proved Planned Parenthood sold fetal tissue for profit. Thirteen states investigated but never brought charges; a Texas grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing and instead indicted Daleiden and Merritt.
No resistance: For all the talk of Republicans who supposedly hate Trump, no one seems to be standing up to him. Michelle Goldberg goes in search of the “good Republicans” and finds many are scared to face hostility, especially from GOP donors.
Listen to Episode 710 of Slate’s The Gist:
As a member of Slate Plus, you’re reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday morning.
In the hours after his American Health Care Act foundered on the shores of Nopesylvania, Donald Trump insisted he was not mad at Paul Ryan. He claimed he did not fault the Freedom Caucus. He promised he bore no ill will toward the Tuesday Group. Instead, the president’s ire was reserved for the Democratic Party.
Members of the House Republican conference returned to Washington from their weekend homes more determined than ever to do the people’s business: covering their own asses.
There are many nonsensical assumptions made in President Trump’s new executive order, but one of the least defensible is the decision to calculate the “social cost of carbon” based on science from 2003.
The scourge of fake news was a novel concern during the 2016 campaign, but the fear that a poorly informed electorate will make ill-advised choices at the voting booth is hardly new. The Founding Fathers worried about what might befall a republic of ignorant citizens. Thomas Jefferson argued that it was essential for America to “educate and inform the whole mass of the people…[t]hey are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
Donald Trump and his press secretary Sean Spicer don’t get a lot of easy questions these days. From the president’s incendiary tweets and public statements to the intrigue over the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia to the failure of the GOP’s Obamacare repeal, the White House has a lot to answer for.
Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Mallory Ortberg takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below: