No Experience NecessaryHow Sarah Palin made the GOP change its mind about presidential qualifications.
The Culture Gabfest, “The Ken Burns Flinch” EditionListen to Slate's show about the new Ken Burns documentary Prohibition, Ikea, and the corpulence of Chris Christie.
Politicians Lie, Numbers Don'tAnd the numbers show that Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans.
Al Franken's QuandaryThe Minnesota Senate candidate has been telling jokes for 30 years. How does he explain away the bad ones?
McCain and the Times: the Real QuestionsMy apparent concern about the appearance of the possibility of the appearance of a possible affair.
Inside Higher Ed
Criticism Unwelcome The United Arab Emirates blocked an NYU professor who questioned its policies. Is academic freedom at risk?
The XX Factor
Nashville Prosecutors Reportedly Offered Women Plea Bargains in Exchange For Sterilization
The “How Does a U.N. Official Work?” Transcript What’s it like to manage the U.N.’s Ebola response? Read a transcript of Adam Davidson’s conversation with the assistant secretary-general for field support.
“I’d Rather Not Rewrite All the HTTP Stuff Myself” Fascinating early posts from the founders of eBay, Amazon, Google, and others.