Today the U.S. Senate will break David Vitter's filibuster and put Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. These are solid, banal, well-qualified picks. So solid and well-qualified, in fact, that it's a bit hard to know if it'll make a difference. What the Fed really needs at this point is a bit of outside-the-box thinking, but any kind of counterweight to the often cranky regional bank presidents should do some good.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.