The Medieval Roots of Our DIY Gun CultureForget 3-D printers. The first garage gunsmiths date back to the late Middle Ages.
Huckabee’s Welfare State ConservatismThe former Arkansas governor understands something important about GOP voters: They aren’t opposed to welfare spending as long as it’s for them.
What We Like Right NowOur favorite picks for the week of May 4, curated by Slate writers and editors.
ISIS Isn’t the New Soviet ThreatRepublicans who suggest otherwise have forgotten Christianity and Judaism’s own history of violence.
Bernie Sanders, Gun NutHe supported the most reprehensible pro-gun legislation in recent memory.
Pick OneSome conservatives are trying to unify the GOP around a single candidate—if only they could agree on the same one.
China’s Fight for Safe FoodVirtually all the food China exports is safe. So why is its domestic food system plagued with health scandals and corruption?
The Fraud of WarU.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have stolen tens of millions through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts.
My Baltimore BargainMy corner of the city is an ideal place to live. But the awkward truth is that it is attainable because it’s in a deeply troubled city.
Made in China No MoreChina, known for its counterfeit luxury goods, is now cracking down on other countries’ luxury goods.
Death From AboveAnne Hathaway’s new one-woman play explores the frightening future of the drone wars.
We Do Negotiate With TerroristsLet’s stop pretending we don’t, and craft better U.S. policy to protect American hostages.
Threats to LibertyConspiracy theorists worried about imaginary government oppression dismiss real government oppression.
Life Aboard the LusitaniaReliving the infamous sinking through the letters of a survivor—my great-grandmother.
The Truth About the ClintonsClinton Cash can’t prove anything against Hillary. That’s what makes it so necessary.
A Swing and a MissPeter Schweizer’s attack on the Clintons leads with his conclusions and never connects the dots.
Can You Name These ’80s Hits by Just Their First Second?A special “expert edition” of our ’80s songs quiz, just for Slate Plus members.
Hillary Clinton’s Bold MoveBy embracing police and prison reform, she’s changed the terms of the criminal justice debate. Will any Republicans follow her lead?
Why David Brooks Shouldn’t Talk About Poor PeopleThe New York Times columnist believes their poverty stems from a lack of virtue.
Why Britain’s Biggest Political Parties May Be in Big TroubleThe country’s voters are frustrated with the status quo.