American Prosperity Consensus
America Is Spending Too Much on DefenseTo bring budgets into line, we need to move past irrational threats.
Hapless, Disorganized, and IrrationalWhat the Boston bombers had in common with most would-be terrorists.
1,667 Times Square-Style Attacks Every YearThat's how many terrorism plots we would have to foil to justify our current spending on homeland security.
Roads & Kingdoms
Egyptian Ruins A year after its destruction, Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art remains a bombed-out shell.
Ringling Brothers Says It Will Stop Using Elephants in Its Circus Act After Years of Animal-Abuse Allegations
What We Like Right Now Our favorite picks for the week of March 2, curated by Slate writers and editors.
If You Thought the Net Neutrality Debate Was Resolved, You Were Impressively Optimistic
The Man Who Discovered Thiamin Today, we take vitamin B1 for granted. But it took a horrible, wasting disease—and lots and lots of chickens—for scientists to discover it.