Obama’s Middle East Gamble
The president is trying to engage the troubled region on his own terms. Is that even possible?
Ted Cruz Is No Ronald ReaganThe Texas senator has little in common with the conservative icon from California.
What We Like Right NowOur favorite picks for the week of March 23, curated by Slate writers and editors.
What Does Obama Want From Netanyahu?If the Israeli prime minister wants to make nice, here’s what he’ll have to do.
It’s Hilarious That Ted Cruz Is Signing Up for ObamacareBut it doesn’t make him a hypocrite.
Lindsey Graham Should Run for PresidentThe Republican senator from South Carolina may be the only politician who can stop global warming.
What Scott Walker Can Teach Hillary ClintonForget all this talk about uniting America. It’s a fool’s errand.
Supreme Court Dispatches
Lost CauseDo devotees of the Confederacy have a First Amendment right to put the rebel battle flag on their license plates?
Ted Cruz Imagines the White HouseLet’s not even pretend that the Texas senator has a chance of becoming president.
The PenInmates at America’s oldest women’s prison are writing a history of it—and exploding the myth of its benevolent founders.
Don’t Believe BibiThe Israeli prime minister says he didn’t mean what he said. Even he knows he can’t be trusted.
The Myth of Government SecrecyWhy does anyone think the State Department would have been a safer place to store Hillary Clinton’s email?
“I Was Not As Interested in Justice As I Was in Winning”Read an extraordinary letter from a remorseful prosecutor who put an innocent man away for 30 years.
Roads & Kingdoms
Babylon Backs DownWhat will the decriminalization of marijuana mean for Jamaica’s Rastafarians?
View From Chicago
Should Charity Be Logical?Donating to Little League does not make you a moral monster.
A Pregnant Worker’s Right to SueThe Supreme Court compromises a smart new rule into existence.
What Should Clean Air Cost?The Supreme Court’s surprising decision to hear a challenge by big coal.
How to Pressure Israel to Make PeaceThe United States has relied on carrots for too long. It’s time for sticks.
An Evangelical Notre DameSen. Ted Cruz chose Liberty University because its socially conservative student body has become a political powerhouse.
Hospitals Are Robbing Us BlindForget Obamacare. The real villains in the American health care system are greedy hospitals and the politicians who protect them.
Candidate Fatigue SyndromeThe next crop of presidential candidates is embracing every new social media tool. But is that really a good idea?
Dangerous Magical ThinkingTrying the 12-year-old “Slender Man” stabbers as adults is as illogical and barbaric as they are.
“I’ve Convinced Them to Let Me Write About Pretty Much All My Other Obscure Interests”Here are John Swansburg’s favorite reads from Slate this week, from the good old Grateful Dead to ex-con voting rights.
A Quiet TensionIf you want to understand the anger over the brutal arrest of a UVA student, you must also understand UVA.
Ferguson Is HiringHow to find a chief to run the city’s embattled police department—and how a new hire could make all the difference.