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Joe Arpaio’s Pardon, an Antifa Activist, and Trump’s Rally in Phoenix

Joe Arpaio’s Pardon, an Antifa Activist, and Trump’s Rally in Phoenix

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Aug. 23 2017 6:14 PM

The Angle: Melting in Phoenix Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on Joe Arpaio, an antifa activist, and Trump’s rally in Phoenix.

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A Trump supporter holds a flag prior to the start of a rally for President Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday in Phoenix.

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Too hot for this: Trump’s Phoenix rally on Tuesday was truly embarrassing, Jamelle Bouie writes. The president should just keep on blabbing, Will Saletan thinks; eventually, he’ll hoist himself by his own petard. Jim Newell was there and saw the train go off the rails.

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Peas in a pod: The president’s probably-maybe-definitely pardon of Joe Arpaio makes sense, Dahlia Lithwick writes. Both men have made a practice of defying the rule of law.

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Keeping a vigil: Michelle Goldberg profiles Daryle Jenkins, one of the only antifa activists who’s willing to talk to the media.

Deck chairs, Titanic: The big trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday (one fancy point guard bad on defense for another fancy point guard bad on defense) means nothing, Nick Greene argues. The East still has no hope against Golden State.

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The bastards were robbed,

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