I wrapped the inaugural, from the cold cold ground, in a piece yesterday afternoon. Typically, outside of Slate's DC office, there's a horrible busker playing covers of pop songs, inspiring commuters to run into the metro station a little faster.
Jordan Ragusa wonders whether the GOP's debt plan is constitutional. (Pretty clear to me that it is, but it's inspired by post-Prop 13 revanchist politics, not so much by the founders.)
Alex Andreou gives the European center-left thumbs-up to Obama.
His words will make it a tiny fraction more difficult to bully the gay or brown kid in schools everywhere. His words will make it a tiny fraction more difficult for our PM to continue using the language of fear. His words warmed the heart of this olive-skinned, immigrant poof.
And we're probably veering into presidential hero worship at this point, but this was a nice moment, captured by C-Span's unpretentious and ever-watching eyes.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.
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
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.