The Slatest for Sept. 14: Eric Adams May Be Giving New York Republicans a Blueprint to Win in 2024

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Fearmongering about crime helped New York Mayor Eric Adams on the campaign trail, Alexander Sammon writes. Now Adams is turning to a new boogeyman: the migrant crisis.

We’ve been here before, Sammon argues—and the first time, New York Republicans seized on Adams’ talking points and took the majority in the state House. He lays out the political dangers of Adams’ latest scare tactics.

And ICYMI: Henry Grabar examines what Americans are getting wrong about the surge in urban crime.

Why not both? Don’t get the Freedom Caucus wrong: They think impeaching Biden would be extremely cool, Jim Newell writes. But it’s not first on the agenda.

A devastating earthquake in Morocco. Flooding in Libya that washed away entire neighborhoods. Both happened within 48 hours, and both have killed thousands of people. Shirin Ali spoke to someone from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies about how the organization has been able to respond to both at once.

Plus: Mary Harris speaks to Tara Powell, a trauma-informed social worker and professor, about fighting disaster fatigue—and cultivating disaster resilience.

Sean Penn and Volodymyr Zelensky stand next to each other; Zelensky holds Penn's Academy Award and Penn is holding medals.
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Sean Penn has made a documentary about the war in Ukraine … and it shows the Hollywood star himself charging to the war’s front lines. The film may be less about Volodymyr Zelensky than it is about Sean Penn—but Fred Kaplan is still glad it exists.

Last week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a public health emergency over gun violence. But even if it is clear that gun violence is a public health emergency, the move was still an alarming infringement on rights, and will guarantee “a backlash that will only empower citizens, activists, and politicians who view all firearm restrictions as an existential threat to personal liberty,” Mark Joseph Stern writes. He unpacks the potential consequences.

Side-by-sides of Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Huffman, Marc Andreessen, and Dave Portnoy, with Elon Musk's slightly smiling mouth imposed over them.
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Among the international plutocrat class, one trend is unmissable: Every CEO talks like Elon Musk now. Nitish Pahwa sizes up the workforce-slashing, loyalty-demanding, “extremely hardcore” Great Men of Business.

The harshest sentence for the Capitol riot went to someone who wasn’t there. Aymann Ismail spoke with investigative reporter Joshua Ceballos to try to make sense of former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio’s shock 22-year prison sentence.

Mitt Romney's disgusting ketchup salmon sandwich.
Luke Winkie

In honor of Mitt Romney’s announced retirement, Luke Winkie prepared himself one of the senator’s meals of choice: salmon, on a hamburger bun, smothered in ketchup. So how was it? Come along with Winkie for a truly cursed culinary experience.

… much like L.A. Sparks guard Layshia Clarendon, who has proudly declared themself to be “in my villain era,” and whose haughty swagger comes with some endearing self-deprecation. Madeline Ducharme explains why now is the perfect time for you to discover the joys of the WNBA.

Thanks so much for reading! We’ll see you tomorrow.