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The Ballad of Balloon Boy

Seven years ago, an incredibly stupid mystery captivated CNN. Today, thanks to cable news, Balloon Boys are everywhere.

The Angle
Sept. 29 2016 5:48 PMThe 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.
Politics
Sept. 29 2016 4:05 PMThis Is the Florida Man ElectionEven if Donald Trump is only half a Florida Man.
Interrogation
Sept. 29 2016 1:33 PMDavid 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
Sept. 28 2016 6:06 PMThe 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 Next 20
Sept. 28 2016 12:29 PMWeapon of Self-DestructionHow the Iraq war wrecked the GOP.
Jurisprudence
Sept. 28 2016 9:15 AM“I Wanted to Dramatize the Racist Attitude of the Majority”An interview with 94-year-old Judge Damon Keith, author of the most important voting rights dissent in recent history.
Politics
Sept. 27 2016 1:35 PMIs Anyone Buying Trump’s Impression of a Small-Government Conservative?  In need of traditional Republican support, he mostly stuck to traditional Republican nostrums.
Jurisprudence
Sept. 27 2016 10:45 AMTexas Prisons Banned My Book About Texas PrisonersThe Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s literary censorship policy is a national disgrace.
Politics
Sept. 27 2016 1:38 AMMaking It Up as He Goes AlongDonald Trump’s genius for improvisation and why it failed him at the first debate.
Politics
Sept. 27 2016 1:09 AMWhat Donald Trump Means When He Talks About Stop-and-FriskIn Trump’s America, there are two sets of laws: one for white people and one for everyone else.
Politics
Sept. 26 2016 10:27 PMWho Won the First Presidential Debate?Vote in our totally unscientific online poll.
Politics
Sept. 26 2016 6:07 PMWhat Twitter Pundits Are Saying About the First Presidential DebateCheck out the instant spin room.
Cover Story
Sept. 25 2016 5:03 PMHow to Beat Trump in a DebateHe has three weaknesses.
Dispatches
Sept. 23 2016 3:00 PMThe Guts of Southern LouisianaThe long cleanup after the Baton Rouge floods.
The Next 20
Sept. 23 2016 11:43 AMHow Did Chicago Get So Violent?Did the effort to eradicate the city’s gangs in the 1990s inadvertently lead to its bloody present?
Politics
Sept. 29 2016 5:15 PMTrump vs. Clinton: Who’s Winning Today’s Forecasts of Who Will Win the Election?Find out with the Slate ~100 Percent Accurate Electoral Forecast Averagifier.
The First 20
Sept. 29 2016 2:15 PM“Just Asking the Question and Trying to Answer It”Where was Slate on 9/11?
Foreigners
Sept. 29 2016 11:35 AMDon’t Cry for Me, AmericaForget the wall. Donald Trump’s appeal is textbook Latin American populism.
The Angle
Sept. 28 2016 4:29 PMThe Angle: Been So Long EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on picking the most important events and trends of the last 20 years.
Foreigners
Sept. 28 2016 11:12 AMShimon Peres Transformed Israel—and Himself—in His Final ActIsrael’s last founding father will be remembered for his optimism.
Crime
Sept. 27 2016 6:56 PMShould the Media Downplay the New Murder Spike?Depending on your politics, the FBI’s new stats can look scary or meaningless. Here’s a more honest reading.
The Angle
Sept. 27 2016 1:17 PMThe Angle: Woo, OK! EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Monday night’s debate.
Politics
Sept. 27 2016 9:44 AMThe Art of the VenalDonald Trump thinks politics is business, and business is theft.
Politics
Sept. 27 2016 1:33 AMTrump’s Campaign Can’t Answer Whether He’s Paid Federal Income Taxes, EitherThe scene in the spin room.
War Stories
Sept. 27 2016 12:23 AMDonald Trump Defended Putin, Had No ISIS Plan, and Was Stunningly Ignorant on IranHow can anyone possibly vote for him?
The Angle
Sept. 26 2016 6:17 PMThe Angle: Bundle of Nerves EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on internet friends, real estate theatre, and debate prep.
Politics
Sept. 26 2016 2:30 PMThe 66 Things I Am Worried Will Go Wrong for Hillary Clinton in the DebatesI am Pokémon Go-ing to have a nervous breakdown.
The Angle
Sept. 23 2016 5:59 PMThe Angle: Up Late Stressed EditionSlate's daily newsletter on Hillary the grown-up, ballot selfies, and Trump anxiety.
Jurisprudence
Sept. 23 2016 1:30 PMStanding TallThe Sioux’s battle against a Dakota oil pipeline is a galvanizing social justice movement for Native Americans.
Interrogation
Sept. 23 2016 9:15 AMDean Baquet Doesn’t Think Donald Trump Is the Media’s FaultThe New York Times executive editor on the challenges of covering the candidate and how the paper decided to call him a liar.

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