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The Angle: Safety Pin Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on safety nets, climate change, and a symbol of solidarity.

Supporters await Hillary Clinton’s concession speech on Wednesday in New York City.

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Goodbye to the public sphere: Trump and his administration are set to demolish the social safety net, Jamelle Bouie fears. And there’s very little to keep them from doing so.

Global uncertainty: What’s going to happen to America’s relationship with the rest of the world, in the age of Trump? It’s hard to say, Fred Kaplan writes, but our allies will probably drift away from us, while “the Middle East is likely to get messier still.”


Small bits of hope: Eric Holthaus struggles to find something positive to say about the prospects for climate change activism going forward and lands on this: Renewable energy is getting cheaper. On-the-ground activism works. Momentum is on our side.

Postmortem: How Clinton lost the economic argument, by Helaine Olen.

A small token: Michelle Goldberg notes that in Britain after the Brexit vote, people who had opposed the measure started wearing safety pins as a symbol of solidarity. As incidents of hate speech and violence flare, shouldn’t those who oppose Trump do something similar?

For fun: Ten things Clinton supporters can do to calm their anxieties.

I promise, back to the real “fun” tomorrow,


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