The Strong, Loud Type
Chris Christie is offering a blunt-talking tough-guy routine to win over voters.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Assistant interactives editor Andrew Kahn on the best of Slate, from the history of slavery to Mad Men.
Aiding RepressionEthiopia is jailing journalists and crushing civil society activists. Why won’t the Obama administration speak up?
What We Like Right NowOur favorite picks for the week of May 18, curated by Slate writers and editors.
Our Best Presidents Are Flip-FloppersWe shouldn’t criticize presidential candidates who change with the political winds. We should celebrate them.
Iraq’s Least Worst OptionsIf we want to defeat ISIS, we are going to have to accept some outcomes we don’t like.
Stranded in TehranWhile spymaster Tony Mendez helped six American diplomats escape Iran, a seventh American and alleged CIA agent was still behind enemy lines—my father.
Republicans Are Not on the Edge of ExtinctionThe GOP is an aging party, but it isn’t about to die out.
More and Less Than HumanThe prosecution framed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, which helped seal his fate.
Preaching to the ChoirISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, sounds like a Republican candidate for president.
Behind the Scenes
“We Get Really Nerdy About Why a Headline Works”Slate’s editors in a roundtable about heds, deks, annoying clickbait, and more.
Hillary’s BubblesWhy Clinton’s longtime friends and confidants pose a special challenge for her presidential ambitions.
Roads & Kingdoms
Marooned in the DesertSixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.
Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President?A few are real contenders. The rest are going along for the ride.
The Man Who Would Be KingVirginian Jeremiah Heaton went viral last year by proclaiming himself king of “North Sudan.” Now he says he did it all to save mankind.
How Police Learn When to ShootThey watch a grim canon of videos in which their colleagues have been killed in the line of duty.
A Dishonest History of the Last WarRepublicans want to paint the Iraq war as an honest mistake, while laying the groundwork for the next one.
Try, Try AgainWhy Republican presidential candidates are stumbling on Iraq war hypotheticals.
Don’t Answer That!San Francisco takes back a question that could have been disastrous for the mentally ill.
A Cruel CapAmtrak crash victims are unlikely to be compensated fairly for their losses.
Grim CarnivalThe baffling reasoning of the jury that just sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Editorial assistant Laura Bradley on the latest and greatest of Slate, from gayness to GIFs.