about a fascinating, mounting battle between public employees and ascendent Republicans in Congress and the states. It's something only a few reporters have touched on so far -- I think James Pethokoukis was first, over at Reuters -- but Republicans are 1) convinced that the success of Chris Christie in New Jersey indicates that voters are ready for service cuts, and cuts to public worker pensions, and 2) that a reckoning has to happen in 2011. Note that Republicans are committee to telling states, immediately, that they will not be able to expect bailouts.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.