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This week Saturday Night Live, the beloved cultural mainstay and comedy behemoth that launched a thousand careers, punchlines, memes, and indelible parodies, turns 40. To seize the occasion, authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales updated and republished their remarkable, comprehensive 2003 history of the show, Live from New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by its Stars, Writers, and Gueststo include almost 100 new pages of candid interviews, inside gossip, and insane anecdotes from the last decade of SNL.

You can purchase the book here.

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U.S. SUPREME COURT

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In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion after almost 50 years, some conservatives and mainstream media outlets have suggested that anti-abortionists may be willing to support more generous family welfare programs to offset the financial burden of forced birth. These suggestions, whether made in bad faith or ignorance, completely misunderstand the social function of prohibiting abortion, which is to exert control over women and all people who can get pregnant.

In adopting or replicating the right’s framing of anti-abortionists as “pro-life,” these outlets mystify the conservative movement’s history and current goals. Conservatives have sought to dismantle the United State’s limited safety net since the passage of the New Deal. Expecting the movement to reverse course now is absurd, and suggesting so serves primarily to obfuscate the economic hardship the end of Roe will inflict on people forced to carry a pregnancy to term.

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Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters

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Donald Trump's hand-picked candidate Blake Masters is the latest to endorse the unpopular idea.

The front-runner in the GOP primary to run for Senate in Arizona in November against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly suggested on June 23 that Social Security should be privatized, an approach to the popular government program that experts say could jeopardize a vital financial lifeline for retired Americans.

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