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The Angle: Pardon for Everyone Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on The Americans, abortion and Down syndrome, and the D’Souza pardon.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 31:  Conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza speaks during the final day of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 31, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Some of the biggest names in the Republican Party made appearances at the conference, which hosts 1,500 delegates from across the country through May 31.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Yeah, OK, whatever.
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My laws, your laws: President Trump’s pardon of trollish conservative Dinesh D’Souza was a message to his friends, Mark Joseph Stern and Dahlia Lithwick write. “While Trump’s pardon of D’Souza grows, in part, out of Republicans’ broader war on the fundamental legitimacy of campaign finance law,” Lithwick and Stern argue, “now is an opportune moment for the president to explicitly hop on that bandwagon.”

It’s complex: New tests have made the diagnosis of Down syndrome easier and thrown a wrench in the debate over abortion, Ruth Graham writes. Parents of kids with trisomy 21, interviewed by Graham, say they want pregnant couples to be given more information about what the life of a child with Down syndrome is like.

That’s over: The Americans’ series finale made Willa Paskin think hard about whether she’s been rooting for antiheroes all along. Lili Loofbourow applauded the episode’s anticlimactic nature, which did the series right . Sam Adams loved the finale’s musical choices. And Matthew Dessem found a few things for [redacted] to do in Moscow, after their return.

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