The Unlikely Paths of Grant and LeeThe two men met at Appomattox. The loser would become a role model, the victor an embarrassment.
Complicit as SinHow gay marriage opponents transformed themselves from a religious majority to a religious minority.
Why Did the North Charleston Cop Handcuff Walter Scott?Believe it or not, that’s standard police procedure.
Michigan’s Missile DefenseThe state’s politicians want it to be home to the next site in our nation’s anti-missile shield. They’ll say anything for a $3.6 billion boondoggle.
Rahm Emanuel Has Not Been Good for ChicagoThe hassles and dangers of living in the new global city.
Social Security Is Having a MomentUntil recently, Democrats were willing to bargain on entitlements. Here’s how Social Security expansion became a liberal cause again.
What Do You Do With the Worst of the Worst?Washington state has a pathbreaking new idea for how to handle prisoners in solitary confinement: Don’t give up on them.
Roads & Kingdoms
The Ukrainian SerengetiBordering war-torn Crimea, the world’s oldest steppe reserve—home to zebras, buffaloes, and wildebeests—fights for survival.
The Deal of a LifetimeThere are still questions to be answered, but the nuclear agreement with Iran is very good news.
The Presidential Job ApplicationSeven questions we should ask anyone who wants to be president.
What We Like Right NowOur favorite picks for the week of April 6, curated by Slate writers and editors.
View From Chicago
A Terrible ShameEnforcing moral norms without the law is no way to create a virtuous society.
Broken Taillight PolicingWhen cops stop black drivers for minor traffic violations, it’s often a pretext for something more sinister.
Party With PaulRand Paul says he’s the Republican best suited to win over young voters. There’s no evidence he’s right.
A Rand for All SeasonsThe Kentucky senator thinks he can appeal to every kind of Republican. It won’t work.
Rand Paul Will Not Be the GOP NomineeRepublicans aren’t nearly as libertarian as his supporters wish they were.
Teen or Terrorist?In closing statements, the prosecution paints Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a radicalized jihadi.
The Third ManThe Boston bombing, a triple murder, a mysterious death at the hands of the FBI, and the end of an American dream.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Here are Leon Neyfakh’s favorite reads from Slate this week, from safe sex and condoms to terrible tweets.
Stages of DenialThe various ways GOP presidential hopefuls do not believe in climate change.
Two Pretexts Walk Into a BarThe arguments against gay marriage can’t be reconciled with the arguments for religious freedom acts.
California’s Sane New Approach to Sex OffendersAnd why no other state is following its example.