My newest piece, which ran late last week, previews this week's stunt fight about the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" plan, which includes a version of the Balanced Budget Amendment that can't possibly pass.
"Wait a minute!" you say. "Didn't the BBA almost pass 14 years ago? Aren't there 20 Democratic senators on record saying they could support a BBA?"
Well, sort of. Read on, and learn how one of the 1990s' leftover good government ideas became a Republican gimmick, and how if it wasn't such a gimmick, people like Joe Lieberman might support it.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Photos of the Crowds That Took Over NYC for the People’s Climate March
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.