The Angle

The Angle: Good Plan Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on Nanette, a Senate fight, and the Sierra Club vs. Scott Pruitt.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt walks during a picnic for military families on the South Lawn of the White House July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Let’s see these Pruitt picnic shots, one more time.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/Getty Images

Pens and lotion: The Sierra Club used FOIA to shame Scott Pruitt out of office. Aaron Mak finds out how they did it—and asks how effective this tool may actually be.

Best interests: Mitch McConnell is trying to persuade Democrats that they should give up on their attempt to gain access to a full array of Brett Kavanaugh–related documents. Jim Newell thinks Democratic senators shouldn’t listen to a word he says.

Old form: Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette is getting a lot of well-deserved love from critics right now, Mariella Mosthof writes. But it’s not “stand-up”—it’s queer storytelling, and it comes from a long tradition.

Betrayed: U.S. Soccer should be ashamed of itself, Christina Cauterucci writes, for giving a roster spot on the women’s national team to an anti-gay player.

For fun: The wild world of Instagram caption authorship.

I had no idea it was so complex,

Rebecca