The Angle

The Angle: Unmasking Edition

Slate’s daily newsletter on the anonymous author, Kavanaugh’s perjury, and QAnon’s bots.

The New York Times building is seen on September 6, 2018 in New York. - A furious Donald Trump called September 5, 2018 for the unmasking of an anonymous senior official who wrote in the New York Times that top members of his administration were undermining the president to curb his 'misguided impulses.' Trump asked if the unsigned op-ed could be considered treasonous, assailed the newspaper for the 'gutless' piece and questioned whether the senior official it was attributed to actually existed. 'TREASON?' Trump posted in response to the article entitled 'I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,' which claimed the president's own staff see him as a danger to the nation.'Does the so-called 'Senior Administration Official' really exist, or is (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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It’s gotta be: Looking at its language, Will Saletan is pretty sure he knows who the anonymous author of that Times op-ed is, and he’s willing to bet that the scribe’s name rhymes with Pon Puntsman.

Not enough: It’s now clear that Brett Kavanaugh viewed material stolen from Democratic staffers in the 2000s. Lisa Graves, who wrote some of that material, argues the nominee then lied about having seen those memos and talking points during two separate confirmation hearings. Graves thinks Kavanaugh should be impeached from the judiciary altogether.

Bystander: Kavanaugh clerked for Alex Kozinski during the time the judge was allegedly harassing women in his orbit but says he was unaware of any wrongdoing. The idea that Kavanaugh didn’t know about it, Susan Matthews writes, is ridiculous.

Amplification: April Glaser looked into the history of QAnon’s spread and found that the conspiracy theory got considerable oxygen from bots early on.

For fun: That centerfold.

Rest in peace, rest in peace,

Rebecca

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