In case you missed it, I spent some time last week explaining the state of play on the debt ceiling debate, and trying my best to answer a question: So how did this go from an "adult moment" for the GOP, and maybe a leverage point for Democrats and taxes, to a no-surrender GOP battle for spending cuts?
I'm also spending much of the week in Aspen for the Atlantic Ideas Festival, so posting may be a little lighter than usual. On the plus side, it will feature -- for the first time! -- some ideas.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Democrats’ War at Home
How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?
Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best
Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke
A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking
Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10
Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.
How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.
You Deserve a Pre-cation
The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.