President Obama is set to step to the mic at around 11 a.m. Expect him to announce the outlines of some significant reforms to the NSA's surveillance programs—with more than a few caveats—and also to call on Congress to help with the easier-said-than-done task of coloring within those lines. You can watch his remarks live above. Slate will have plenty more on the speech later.
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.