DES MOINES -- My new story comes from a full day at the Iowa state fair, where every major Republican candidate not named Mitt Romney appeared and was overshadowed by 1) Sarah Palin's drop-in and 2) rumors of Rick Perry, whom people don't know a lot about, except for the idea that he's a good conservative governor who created a bunch of jobs.
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.