Today's kick-off post is brought to you by Delta, who delayed one flight from Dallas just long enough to miss the connecting flight from Atlanta to D.C. "Delta! When you're hankerin' to sleep in the ergonomic hug of an airport chair."
The trials (figure of speech!) of Bob Menendez are now consistent NYT A1 fodder. My theory that Menendez can wriggle out of his donor scandal simply because it's less interesting than his unproven sex scandal is being sorely tested.
In a January e-mail exchange with Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Menendez’s staff did not mention Dr. Melgen or his company, Boarder Support Services, by name.
But the aide asked if the United States government was planning to donate additional port security equipment to the Dominican Republic. The aide explained that if such a donation occurred, the Dominican government, perhaps under pressure from criminal elements there, might intentionally limit the use of the equipment so that drugs or other contraband could still flow through the country’s ports on the way to the United States.
In January! After he'd just dodged the shrapnel from the last scandal!
Clare Malone polishes off the best story from last week, analyzing the art of George W. Bush from a tender critical perspective.
If we didn't have the Sunday shows, how would we ever hear Lindsey Graham threatening to block nominees until he gets answers on Benghazi?
And Sonny Bunch tries his damndest to explain basic economics to Maker's Mark. I agree with him, but feel like Maker's Mark can get away with this as rise of better brown stuff has relegated it, increasingly, to mixer status.
TODAY IN SLATE
How Canada’s Shooting Tragedies Have Shaped Its Gun Control Politics
Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks
Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
Paul Farmer: Up to 90 Percent of Ebola Patients Should Survive
Is he right?
“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse
Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.