View From Chicago
Why Do Judges and Politicians Flip-Flop?To investigate, Cass Sunstein and I conducted a series of surveys.
Iowa’s Early BirdsRepublican presidential candidates are trying to figure out the secret of success in the Hawkeye State.
The Senior Senator From KentuckyFormer Kentucky Sen. Wendell Ford passed away on Thursday. His greatest accomplishment came from defeating Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Bad Science, Crazy Mining Laws, and Childcare Horror Stories#MuckReads: A weekly roundup of investigative reporting from ProPublica.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Traffic swami Jeremy Stahl tallies his favorite stories of the week, from #Ballghazi to #SotU.
Roads & Kingdoms
The New Gin CrazeCenturies of mediocrity gave gin a bad name. But now, liquor stores are stocked with brands boasting funky names and one-of-a-kind botanical blends.
The Magic QuestionJudges trust jurors to assess their own biases. That might not be such a good idea.
A Taxing DecisionThe Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage for the most practical of reasons.
Second-Term Obama Looks AbroadSocial scientists find that foreign policy can help or hinder domestic policy.
The Muddled MissionThe president’s foreign policy message was wise, even if the actual execution has often confused means and ends.
Why de Blasio Was Right to Take on Criminal Justice ReformReforming the NYPD is economic populism for New York City’s minorities.
Pipeline BlowoutThe Senate’s Keystone debate was downright miserable for Democrats and people who believe in climate science.
Who Stole Your Identity?Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says today’s cybercriminal is yesterday’s chain-snatching street hustler.
Eight Lessons From the Charlie Hebdo AttackWhat we’ve learned from the worst terrorist attack in France in more than 50 years.
Texas Used Junk Science to Restrict AbortionThe state’s experts lied—and they got caught.
Leave the Cannibal Cop AloneHe never harmed anyone, and his conviction was overturned. Why can’t he look for love on Match.com?
Failure to LaunchRepublicans returned to their war on Obamacare on Thursday. It didn’t go well.
Supreme Court Dispatches
Scalia to the Rescue?The Fair Housing Act might just find redemption from the unlikeliest justice.
Family PlanningObama’s focus on women and families in the State of the Union will likely be the core of Hillary Clinton’s economic message.
Obama’s Tax TrapThe president’s tax proposal will expose Republicans’ unwillingness to do anything meaningful for the poor.
A Man in FullPresident Obama delivered a strong partisan speech that roiled Republicans even as it sought to win over everyone else.
The Liberated LiberalPresident Obama offered an assertive vision of Democratic ideals. But was it enough?