Stop Eulogizing Gore VidalHe was a racist and an elitist, forever mourning the decline of his era of aristocratic privilege.
Dorothy Burlingham's TwinsThe study that explained why it's not so wonderful to have a look-alike.
Rewinding the Kennedy-Nixon DebatesDid JFK really win because he looked better on television?
Elena Kagan Could Have Been a Superb HistorianTwo history professors read the nominee's undergraduate thesis.
The Old Soldier Hasn't DiedForget about McChrystal; Obama's real problem is MacArthurism.
Sick to His StomachJohn F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on religious freedom gives Rick Santorum a bellyache—it shouldn’t.
Beware the Military-Industrial ComplexEisenhower's farewell address has been completely misunderstood.
The Hidden History of the Espionage ActThe much-maligned 1917 law had a real purpose—stopping spies and saboteurs.
Too Big To Fail, the 1912 VersionHow Wilson and Roosevelt tried to roll back the power of corporations.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, UnpluggedAllen C. Guelzo's book strips away the nostalgia around this classic encounter.
Disagree in Good Faith? Sonia Sotomayor pushes other Supreme Court justices past their comfort zones.
Inside Higher Ed
Let the Right Ones In An engineering college has a new metric for admitting students: “locus of control”
Behind the Scenes
The Great Writing Vs. Talking Debate Is it harder to be a good writer or a good talker?
Introducing Slate’s Marathon Time Predictor A better way to calculate how fast you’ll run.