Joe Weisenthal explains why the ratings agencies are ridiculous. (As someone trying to build credit, I too am losing faith in the infinite wisdom of these institutions.)
For people of a certain age, the name "Ed Klein" used to be associated with books people took semi-seriously.
Ezra Klein explains something that first seems byzantine: Jeff Flake's cuts to the National Science Foundation.
Rich Bunnell looks back at Oz.
And Buddy Roemer is currently campaigning to hit enough Americans Elect supporters to stay active as a candidate. David Walker, who tried to fabricate a surge two weeks ago, is still 9400 delegates short of a nomination -- he's given up and started asking to be Roemer's running mate.
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.