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
Smash and Grab
Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?
Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.
The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team
The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.