What Are They Smoking? Business. The high court overturns a nearly $80 million award intended to compensate a smoker's widow. It's a major victory for tobacco companies, especially now that Obama's quitting has made smoking uncool again. In other news, XM Radio and Sirius announce plans for a merger. Howard Stern will spend a two-hour show chuckling over the word merge.
TODAY IN SLATE
Scalia’s Liberal Streak
The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.
Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters
There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?
The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”
The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B
Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey
No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.
The Other Huxtable Effect
Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.