If you're enjoying Rand Paul's filibuster of the Brennan nomination, you will find some similar but less intense enjoyment in my piece on the speech. In short: Democrats wanted to reform the filibuster. Had they succeeded, instead of casting 41 votes against cloture and walking away, opponents of a bill or nomination would have to stand and talk. Does the media twitterpation over Rand Paul's speech prove that they were on to something?
TODAY IN SLATE
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How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics
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Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse
An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.