Did Russia Really Boost Its Birthrate by Promising New Mothers Prize Money and Refrigerators?
The Next Culture WarThe battle over same-sex marriage is drawing to a close. What will we fight about now?
What Happened at Slate This Week?Interactives editor Chris Kirk shares what intrigued him at the magazine this week.
How to Predict a Voting Rights DecisionThe Supreme Court just made it harder to vote in some states and easier in others.
Kim Jong-un Hasn’t Been Seen for 37 Days. Where Could the North Korean Leader Possibly Be?
ISIS South of the BorderRepublicans in tight races are hoping the jihadists will help get them elected.
Capturing the NewsPresident Erdogan’s new style of media censorship is less brutal—and much more effective.
A Creeping SensationIf he’s not careful, President Obama is about to be sucked into a wider war in the Middle East.
Higher LearningWhat the next wave of pot-legalizing states can learn from Colorado and Washington.
Top Russian Officials Are Starting to Realize That the Country’s Economy Is in Big Trouble
The Wrong Side of the MajorityThom Tillis says most North Carolinians are against gay marriage. He couldn’t be more wrong.
The Story Behind That DEA Facebook ImpersonatorAnd other great watchdog journalism from this week.
Roads & Kingdoms
A Lens to the FrontA homegrown Iraqi photo agency is telling stories no one else can.
Stop Draggin’ My Heart AroundThe Supreme Court is harming people with its inscrutable gay marriage actions.
Bush HuggersDemocrats running for office would rather attach themselves to leading Republicans than their own president.
The Next Assault on Civil RightsThe Roberts court has been hostile toward voting rights and affirmative action. Its next target is the Fair Housing Act.
The Battle for the AirwavesDemocrats just buried their Republican opponents in an avalanche of TV ad buys across the key battleground states.
What Constitutes an Emergency?The Supreme Court will stay a lower court’s ruling only for the benefit of politics, not people.
Hey! Do You Want to Save America? Give Me $5.Why political fundraising emails represent everything that’s wrong with our politics.
Supreme Court Dispatches
Tiny Little PistolsThe justices wonder what dangers lurk in a half-inch beard.
Juvenile InjusticeJunior Smith was a troubled kid who needed help. Instead, West Virginia threw him in jail.
The Right Outcome for the Wrong ReasonsThe Supreme Court is missing its moment to lead on gay marriage (and maybe that’s what it wants).