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Song of the Summer, the Ugliest American, and Trump Learns Something

Song of the Summer, the Ugliest American, and Trump Learns Something

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May 26 2017 1:03 PM

The Angle: Trump’s First Evolution

Slate’s daily newsletter on the song of the summer, the ugliest American, and Trump learning something.

Trump makes his way to board Air Force One in Riyadh as he heads to Israel on Monday.

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Finally: As of this overseas trip, Donald Trump has stopped staying “radical Islamic terrorism,” which proves that even Donald Trump can make a change. William Saletan gives grudging credit where it’s due.

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Ugh: Europeans love to hate Donald Trump, Yascha Mounk writes. That’s because Trump confirms their suspicion that Americans are terrible.


Early call: “Despacito,” the first Spanish-language No. 1 song since “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” (1996), may be the song of the summer. Chris Molanphy dissects the Luis Fonsi–Daddy Yankee hit and wonders what role Justin Bieber (who appears on this remix of the original song) played in its success.

Forever classic: We first ran “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning” in 2013, and it’s still the most helpful #slatepitch of all.

For fun: We have the first excerpt from Phillip Pullman’s new trilogy The Book of Dust, which will come out in October.

Reunited with Lyra, at last,


*Correction, May 26, 2017: This post originally misstated that "La Bamba" was the last Spanish-language song to hit No. 1.