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Trudeau’s Catch-22, Cutesy Protest Signs, and James Baldwin’s Legacy

Trudeau’s Catch-22, Cutesy Protest Signs, and James Baldwin’s Legacy

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Feb. 15 2017 5:47 PM

The Angle: “Protest Is the New Tinder” Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on Trudeau’s Catch-22, cutesy protest signs, and James Baldwin’s legacy.

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A dog named Doggie wears a sign while her owner participates in a protest in San Francisco, Feb. 7.

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Special relationship: Resident Canadian Chris Berube explains why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can’t criticize Trump, even if it would score him points back home: Canada’s trade relationships with the U.S. are simply too valuable to risk.

The rhetoric of protest signs: Do cutesy protest signs undermine the seriousness of Donald Trump’s transgressions? Katy Waldman posits that maybe these quirky, ironic, sometimes repetitive signs are just what democracy looks like now.

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“Legally here”: Mark Stern writes about Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents’ arrest of a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant living in Seattle under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. For DACA beneficiaries, the arrest and detainment send a scary message: that they are no longer welcome here.

Baldwin’s legacy: Ismail Muhammad lays out a theory on how critics have misunderstood James Baldwin’s influence on black nonfiction writers—and how a new documentary gets it right.

Paper or … : According to Henry Grabar, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had some pretty strange reasons for killing a law that would have placed a mandatory 5-cent fee on plastic bag sales.

See you on Mars,

Heather Schwedel