Our Segregated Summers The police misconduct in McKinney, Texas, is part of America’s long, fraught history of race and swimming.
Rick Perry Is Not an IdiotHe’s a savvy politician and an inventive policy thinker. Dismiss him at your peril.
The Conservative Attack on Big BusinessHow some Republican presidential candidates are running against the rich and powerful.
Democrats, Don’t Freak Out!Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers were always going to fall a little. That doesn’t change anything.
Rand Paul’s Worst EnemyThe Kentucky senator could inspire an important foreign policy debate—if he doesn’t destroy it first.
Hastert’s HypocrisyShould the former House speaker be prosecuted? The Dennis Hastert who impeached President Clinton thinks so.
Uber Isn’t the ProblemIt’s not the company’s fault that driving a car—and coughing up steep commissions—is an attractive option for so many Americans.
The Myth of the Hero CopPolice officers earn more than you think for a job that’s less dangerous than you imagine.
Hillary’s BubblesWhy Clinton’s longtime friends and confidants pose a special challenge for her presidential ambitions.
Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President?A few are real contenders. The rest are going along for the ride.
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.
Republicans Are Not on the Edge of ExtinctionThe GOP is an aging party, but it isn’t about to die out.
We Were Doing It Wrong: The Very First Political GabfestWatch Emily, John, and David review their inaugural Gabfest from 2005.
Is Hillary Clinton Dooming Real Election Reform?If the Democratic front-runner cares so much about voting rights, then she shouldn’t be politicizing them.
Why Obama Should Offer Edward Snowden a DealHe may have broken the law, but he’s the definition of a whistleblower.
The Hawks ReturnGeorge W. Bush and Dick Cheney were reviled at the end of their administration. Now their disastrous ideas are flying high.
Clinton’s Resilient PopularityNo matter what we learn or what people say, Hillary remains one thing: One of the most popular political figures in America.
Why Is Sen. Ron Johnson So Afraid of The Lego Movie?It isn’t the anti-corporate propaganda he thinks it is.
The Big ShowWith so many GOP candidates vying for a spot on the debate stage, the stragglers have little choice: Wow them anyway you can.
Left FieldHillary Clinton may be the front-runner, but the tandem of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is offering liberals a powerful voice.
The Strong, Loud TypeChris 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.
Our Best Presidents Are Flip-FloppersWe shouldn’t criticize presidential candidates who change with the political winds. We should celebrate them.