The Slatest for Jan. 17: Tech-Bro Billionaires Have Found a New Candidate to Line Up Behind

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Now that Vivek Ramaswamy is out of the presidential race, billionaire tech bros are suddenly lining up behind a new candidate—Dean Phillips, who’s making a long-shot bid to challenge Biden for the Democratic nomination. Huh? Nitish Pahwa explains why it actually makes perfect sense.

Meanwhile, what’s the rest of the Republican field doing? Well, Ron DeSantis’ bold new strategy is apparently for Trump to win New Hampshire and South Carolina. Jim Newell is going to have to break that one down for us.

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Biden’s poll results have been bleak as of late—and the situation is bad enough that there’s only one thing left for him to do, Alexander Sammon argues: The president has to start governing like he takes the threat of losing seriously. Sammon walks through what exactly that would mean.

Plus, in case you missed it: David Faris wrote about how there’s not really any precedent for how bad Biden’s polls have been.

The Supreme Court is about to seize way more power from Democratic presidents. Mark Joseph Stern explains how this court’s hubris is fueling a reckless race to undermine what remains of our democracy.

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Before Stonewall, getting outed could be deadly for LGBTQ+ people. After an Alabama mayor’s recent suicide, it’s clear that some people want to return to that status quo. Evan Urquhart tells the story of the outing of Bubba Copeland.

Matthew A. Sears studies ancient Sparta, and there’s one major thing its contemporary fans are missing. He explains how the militarism that looks so badass came at a very high cost.

Ah, primary season!

Thanks so much for reading, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.