There's a fine line between a "technocrat" and "someone businessmen like" and a fine line between "someone businessmen like" and "someone who's on the take" so:
Italian junior minister Carlo Malinconico has resigned because of his connections with a businessman now being investigated for corruption. At least part of his bills were allegedly paid for at a five-star hotel in the Tuscan resort of Il Pellicano in 2007 and 2008, newspaper reports said. As PM Mario Monti's undersecretary, he had responsibility for the publishing and newspaper industries.
Amen, Canada! The Canadian Supreme Court, unlike the United States’ Supreme Court, understands that sectarian prayer is sectarian.
Stop Vilifying Almonds Yes, they use up a lot of water in drought-afflicted California. But the story gets a lot more complicated from there.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Chad Lorenz talks about running the home page, writing headlines, and his favorite picks from the magazine this week.
Golden Status The Warriors are the best team since Jordan’s Bulls. Why aren’t they respected as such?