Conspiracy Theorists Aren’t Really SkepticsThe fascinating psychology of people who know the real truth about JFK, UFOs, and 9/11.
Pain vs. PollsThe 20-week abortion ban isn’t designed to fit the science of fetal pain. It’s designed to fit the polls.
The Patient EnglishThe British Parliament’s interrogation of spy agencies about domestic surveillance is a joke.
The German GambitSnowden exposed NSA espionage against the Germans. He wants their protection from the U.S. Will he get it?
Barack Obama, Insurance SalesmanThe president peddles health insurance—and pounds the GOP.
Primary KillersIf congressional Republicans are smart, they’ll postpone the next debt limit till after the 2014 primaries.
“Surrender” CreepIf Republicans don’t like the shutdown, why do they say ending it would be “surrender”?
The Kindness of KidnappersHouse Republicans’ shutdown strategy: Take hostages, then release them, one by one, for leverage and PR.
The “Republican Shutdown”Obama escalates his indictment of the entire GOP. Will his pressure break the standoff?
Pope Francis Is a LiberalIt’s not just homosexuality or birth control. He’s profoundly anti-conservative.
Pain in the Assad, ContinuedSyria won’t follow through on chemical weapons compliance unless we stay ready to strike.
What Obama Really Thinks About SyriaThe president’s TV interviews reveal the naked truths behind his posturing.
The End of the ENDA DebateIn 1996, opponents spoke on the Senate floor against ENDA. In 2013, they went silent.
Aiding the EnemySnowden, Manning, and Miranda leaked government secrets. Does that make them traitors and terrorists?
Mend It, Don’t End ItRepublicans want to repeal Obamacare. Obama wants to fix it. The polls are on his side.
Hurts So GoodIf the debt ceiling fight ends soon, thank polls and markets for bringing pain to the GOP.
Bite the BallotObama’s message to House Republicans: Vote on the shutdown so we can oust you in the midterms.
Your Government Is Our LeverageRepublicans say they’ll extend the shutdown as a weapon in the debt ceiling fight.
The Chutzpah of “Compromise”The GOP’s shutdown game plan: Create a fake middle ground and blame Democrats for refusing to negotiate.
Fetal Fact CheckThe doctors cited by pro-lifers say their fetal pain research doesn’t support abortion bans.
Putin on Assad FaceThe Russian president’s lecture about peace in Syria is all hypocrisy and lies.
How to Defeat the DronesTerrorists are looking for an answer. Will they find it in technology—or in politics?
TODAY IN SLATE
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.
Paul Farmer Says Up to Ninety Percent of Those Infected Should Survive Ebola. Is He Right?
Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.