The Awful TruthThe world is a terrible place. Your kids already know it. There’s no point in lying to them.
The Courts’ Baffling New MathBy what logic do hundreds of thousands of people simply stop counting?
Southern JusticeHow an 1865 ruling in favor of Confederate soldiers just protected the vote for minorities in Arkansas.
This Year’s Most Outrageous Anti-Abortion StrategyTennessee out-crazies all the other states with its proposed constitutional amendment.
Stop Draggin’ My Heart AroundThe Supreme Court is harming people with its inscrutable gay marriage actions.
The Right Outcome for the Wrong ReasonsThe Supreme Court is missing its moment to lead on gay marriage (and maybe that’s what it wants).
Gaming the Supreme CourtWhich state has the best chance of making gay marriage the law of the land?
A Shameful Defense FailsThe McDonnells say they weren’t lying about their finances; they were lying about everything else.
Bobby Jindal’s Desperate MoveThe governor’s Common Core lawsuit is not about education in Louisiana. It’s just a stunt.
Advice for Ferguson From the Supreme CourtIf you don’t want to get tear gassed, stop “protesting” and start “counseling.”
Slate Plus Video
So You Wanna Be a Journalist?Advice from Slate’s Supreme Court and law reporter Dahlia Lithwick.
Amicus: Let’s Salsa With SotomayorDahlia Lithwick on the Supreme Court’s second week and a new biography of the court’s first Latina justice.
Amicus: Slate’s New Supreme Court PodcastDahlia Lithwick welcomes the 2014–15 term with a brand-new program for court watchers and news lovers.
Supreme Court Dispatches
Tiny Little PistolsThe justices wonder what dangers lurk in a half-inch beard.
This Court ErredThe Supreme Court has almost always sided with the wealthy, the privileged, and the powerful, a new book argues.
Famous Supreme Court Plaintiffs: a QuizCan you recognize Dred Scott? Jane Roe? Ernesto Miranda?
Voter ID Laws May Worsen Voter FraudAnd is Texas’ law intentionally or merely incidentally racist?
Ferguson’s Constitutional CrisisOn the streets of Missouri, it’s not just the First Amendment that’s being violated.
Songs That Make Slate NostalgicA roundup of the music from high school that staffers still love.
The Fourth FeministJustice Breyer proves that you don’t have to be a woman on the court to understand women’s rights.
Peak Negativity We are about to reach 1 million U.S. Senate race ads. Few had anything nice to say.
The Right to Say I Don’t The law finally allows me to marry my boyfriend—only he doesn’t want to.
Behind the Scenes
The Great Writing Vs. Talking Debate Is it harder to be a good writer or a good talker?
Alex Gordon’s Not-So-Mad Dash Should the Royals left fielder have tried to run all the way home to tie Game 7 of the World Series?