Ruby Cramer asks the veterans of celebrity campaigns whether Ashley Judd can become a senator. I see a conceptual problem—not every celebrity is created equal, and not every state is as inhospitable to Democrats as Kentucky—but I'm newly intrigued.
Bill Clinton's op-ed calling for DOMA repeal was less shocking than it appeared. He'd been wringing his hands about the DOMA mistake for years now. But do read Richard Socarides' history of the president and the law.
Warner Todd Huston's quick take on a Tom Perez nomination gives a little hint of why Democrats would like a fight about him. They rather like the idea of Republicans rebranding while trying to block the appointment of a Latino lawyer whose crime was slowing voter ID laws.
I'm enjoying watching Nate Cohn expand his aperture from political maps to nuclear war.
Conservatives are having a lot of fun with the most liberal anti-Second Amendment Democrats. Jason Mattera grabs Jan Schakowsky and leaves the impression that all gun control bills are leading inexorably to her preferred dystopia.
And Meredith Shiner has the weird story of a senator who wants to keep his office space. He should talk to freshman Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, whose reward for replacing the legendary Sen. Richard Lugar is being stuck in the basement hallway of Dirksen.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union