“Tim Kaine Defended Him”The GOP’s dangerous, toxic, and horrifying attacks on the Constitution.
Racism Doesn’t Explain the Rise of Donald TrumpJohn Judis argues that populism—and the candidate’s celebrity—has done more to fuel his success than bigotry.
Clinton and Trump Are Both Running on a Platform of PessimismBut are things really so bad? Sunny beats cloudy. Every politician knows that.
The Democratic Party’s Racial ReckoningIn 1992, Bill Clinton had to pander to white bigots to win the presidency. In 2016, Hillary can call them what they are.
“Two Crap Sandwiches”A conversation with conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg on why he won’t vote for Trump or Hillary.
Massachusetts’ Drug ProblemTwin scandals have tainted as many as 42,000 state convictions. The only thing to do is to exonerate everyone.
The Next 20
The Ballad of Balloon BoySeven years ago, an incredibly stupid mystery captivated CNN. Today, thanks to cable news, Balloon Boys are everywhere.
David Plouffe Isn’t WorriedThe manager of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign on why he’s not afraid of Trump—and why he’s confident in Clinton.
The Angle: Crime Rates EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Montreal’s pit bull ban, and the FBI’s latest crime report.
The Dismal Science
Donald Trump’s Dangerous Approach to TaxesA chief executive who says he’s smart to avoid paying his share could inspire a nation to evade the IRS.
The Angle: Clowns Forever EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Trump’s taxes, Deepwater Horizon, and a longer history of clown sightings.
Stop Pining for Joe BidenThe vice president isn’t any worse than the average politician, but he isn’t any better either.
The Trump Campaign’s Tax Defense: NihilismTrump henchmen Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani write off the tax scandal with 14 soulless arguments.
Roads & Kingdoms
School of Hard KnocksCommencement on the campus that survived the Liberian civil war and the Ebola epidemic.
The Angle: Rise of the Raccoons EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on fat-shaming Trump, Dilbert’s Scott Adams, and urban raccoons.
The Trial of Roy MooreCan Alabama finally move on from a decade of controversy brewed by one man’s hate?
No One Understands Donald Trump Like the Horny Narcissist Who Created DilbertScott Adams is Master Persuading all over this election.
The Angle: When a Charity Is Not a Charity EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on David Plouffe’s confidence, Obama’s new sick day initiative, and the Trump Foundation.
Don’t Cry for Me, AmericaForget the wall. Donald Trump’s appeal is textbook Latin American populism.
The Angle: Been So Long EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on picking the most important events and trends of the last 20 years.
Shimon Peres Transformed Israel—and Himself—in His Final ActIsrael’s last founding father will be remembered for his optimism.