This is a perfectly sad and typical TV interview. The advantage of the TV hit should be the imprisonment of the guest, who can't run away when the questions get irritating, and who looks like a liar.
Alec MacGillis gets my favorite story of the day by parsing the Freedom Group's financial reports -- all the optimistic stuff the gun company investor published before it became toxic.
C.J. Ciaramella reports on the red state Democrats who'd have to vote for gun control if a bill came up. I'll have more on this later, because the causality between "voting for a popular gun control bill" and "being defeated in a pro-gun state" is not clear.
Gabe Sherman takes on Fox News (on a pretty uncontroversial matter) and wins.
TODAY IN SLATE
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.
The Congressional Republican Digging Through Scientists’ Grant Proposals
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
Whole Foods Is Desperate for Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again
I’m 25. I Have $250.03.
My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.
- NSA Is Letting its Chief Technical Officer Work 20 Hours a Week for a Private Company
- After 13 Years of U.S. Occupation, Afghanistan Opium Production Is at an All-Time High
- The Pennsylvania Fugitive Sniper Is Still at Large After 39 Days
- Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Five Years, May Only Serve Ten Months
Smash and Grab
Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?