William Saletan William Saletan

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

Nov. 19 2013 12:57 PMConspiracy Theorists Aren’t Really SkepticsThe fascinating psychology of people who know the real truth about JFK, UFOs, and 9/11.
Frame Game
Nov. 12 2013 8:02 AMPain vs. PollsThe 20-week abortion ban isn’t designed to fit the science of fetal pain. It’s designed to fit the polls.
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Nov. 7 2013 3:46 PMThe Patient EnglishThe British Parliament’s interrogation of spy agencies about domestic surveillance is a joke.
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Nov. 1 2013 12:18 PMThe German GambitSnowden exposed NSA espionage against the Germans. He wants their protection from the U.S. Will he get it?
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Oct. 29 2013 1:16 PMHave the NSA Leaks Become an Attack on All U.S. Espionage?
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Oct. 21 2013 4:38 PMBarack Obama, Insurance SalesmanThe president peddles health insurance—and pounds the GOP.
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Oct. 15 2013 10:25 AMPrimary KillersIf congressional Republicans are smart, they’ll postpone the next debt limit till after the 2014 primaries.
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Oct. 10 2013 12:33 PM“Surrender” CreepIf Republicans don’t like the shutdown, why do they say ending it would be “surrender”?
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Oct. 7 2013 1:18 PMThe Kindness of KidnappersHouse Republicans’ shutdown strategy: Take hostages, then release them, one by one, for leverage and PR.
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Oct. 1 2013 6:10 PMThe “Republican Shutdown”Obama escalates his indictment of the entire GOP. Will his pressure break the standoff?
Sept. 27 2013 10:41 AM“Economic Shutdown”Obama's new weapon in the debt ceiling fight.
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Sept. 19 2013 7:39 PMPope Francis Is a LiberalIt’s not just homosexuality or birth control. He’s profoundly anti-conservative.
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Sept. 13 2013 12:13 PMPain in the Assad, ContinuedSyria won’t follow through on chemical weapons compliance unless we stay ready to strike.
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Sept. 10 2013 11:19 AMWhat Obama Really Thinks About SyriaThe president’s TV interviews reveal the naked truths behind his posturing.
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Sept. 3 2013 1:27 PMAre Late Abortions Politically Viable?Planned Parenthood says its new poll shows voters oppose an abortion ban at 20 weeks. Is that true?
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Nov. 14 2013 10:25 AMObamacare’s JanitorHow Jay Carney spins Obamacare’s failures.
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Nov. 8 2013 12:09 PMThe End of the ENDA DebateIn 1996, opponents spoke on the Senate floor against ENDA. In 2013, they went silent.
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Nov. 5 2013 8:17 AMAiding the EnemySnowden, Manning, and Miranda leaked government secrets. Does that make them traitors and terrorists?
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Oct. 31 2013 11:15 AMMend It, Don’t End ItRepublicans want to repeal Obamacare. Obama wants to fix it. The polls are on his side.
Oct. 23 2013 12:22 PMWhat's Keeping Jason Collins Out of the NBA? Homophobia Phobia.
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Oct. 17 2013 1:50 PMYou’ll Pay for This, GOPHow Obama will make the 2013 shutdown a political weapon.
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Oct. 14 2013 10:12 AMHurts So GoodIf the debt ceiling fight ends soon, thank polls and markets for bringing pain to the GOP.
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Oct. 8 2013 7:15 PMBite the BallotObama’s message to House Republicans: Vote on the shutdown so we can oust you in the midterms.
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Oct. 3 2013 9:40 AMYour Government Is Our LeverageRepublicans say they’ll extend the shutdown as a weapon in the debt ceiling fight.
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Sept. 30 2013 2:16 PMThe Chutzpah of “Compromise”The GOP’s shutdown game plan: Create a fake middle ground and blame Democrats for refusing to negotiate.
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Sept. 23 2013 10:47 AMThe Passion of the CruzObamacare, partisanship, and the shameless hypocrisy of Ted Cruz.
Human Nature
Sept. 18 2013 2:56 PMFetal Fact CheckThe doctors cited by pro-lifers say their fetal pain research doesn’t support abortion bans.
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Sept. 12 2013 11:30 AMPutin on Assad FaceThe Russian president’s lecture about peace in Syria is all hypocrisy and lies.
Human Nature
Sept. 4 2013 2:52 PMHow to Defeat the DronesTerrorists are looking for an answer. Will they find it in technology—or in politics?
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Aug. 30 2013 5:03 PMPain in the AssadThe case for a military strike in Syria.




Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive

Is he right?


“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.


The Right to Run

If you can vote, you should be able to run for public office—any office.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 2:05 PM Paul Farmer Says Up to Ninety Percent of Those Infected Should Survive Ebola. Is He Right?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 4:10 PM Skinny Mark Wahlberg Goes for an Oscar: The First Trailer for The Gambler
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.