Richard Ben Cramer, the author of What It Takes, has died. Jonathan Martin has an appreciation. You can count me in that unofficial cult of political reporters who hold that book up as a model, who read it and figured out what they should do with their working lives. Get close to the subjects, understand them, don't sensationalize, report what happens and not what should.
Adam Serwer asks why the civil liberties left would raise hell about John Brennan when it's been so tolerant of Barack Obama.
Americans Elect takes over Michelle Rhee's movement.
It feels like "Alex Jones DOESN'T implode on live TV" would be the bigger story.
And if you're getting overly pessimistic about American politics, remember: We are not Italy.
TODAY IN SLATE
Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola
Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice
In Defense of HR
Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.