Late this afternoon President Obama notified Congress that "up to approximately 275 U.S. military personnel" are deploying to Iraq to provide security for the U.S. embassy and its staff. Reports from earlier today said that between 50 and 100 Marines and Army personnel arrived at the embassy on Sunday; it appears that the troop total named in the president's letter includes those that have been already deployed.
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.