Opening Act: 10 Years

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
March 12 2013 8:17 AM

Opening Act: 10 Years

151242481
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) speaks on stage with other female members of Congress during day one of the Democratic National Convention on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

It's Paul Ryan's day, as he previews his budget in the Wall Street Journal. He doesn't say so there, but he basically balances in 10 years by accepting all the tax hikes from the fiscal cliff deal. How does he get from there to collapsing tax rates, something that looks like even less of a revenue-raiser? He hints at it here—the budget will remain unspecific, giving that hard job to Dave Camp's tax reform.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

A bit late to this, but there's no substitute for Alex Pareene when he's got the jackhammer out for an idiotic column.

Conn Carroll argues that the Republicans are back, baby, but I'm not sure about this evidence:

None of his second term agenda items (amnesty, gun control or climate change) has advanced in either chamber of Congress.
Advertisement

Really? A background checks bill has been marked up by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the "gang of eight" Republican/Democrat immigration superteam is hacking away at a reform bill.

Maggie Haberman asks whether Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz can translate the Pennsylvania GOP's unquenchable thirst for social conservative legislation into a gubernatorial win.

Josh Green wonders whether Obama blew it by not "letting us go over the fiscal cliff."

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

TODAY IN SLATE

Technocracy

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

Republicans Want the Government to Listen to the American Public on Ebola. That’s a Horrible Idea.

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?

Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 11:40 AM The U.S. Has Spent $7 Billion Fighting the War on Drugs in Afghanistan. It Hasn’t Worked. 
  Business
Business Insider
Oct. 21 2014 11:27 AM There Is Now a Real-life Hoverboard You Can Preorder for $10,000
  Life
Atlas Obscura
Oct. 21 2014 12:40 PM Asamkirche: The Rococo Church Where Death Hides in Plain Sight
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
  Arts
Behold
Oct. 21 2014 12:05 PM Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 21 2014 10:43 AM Social Networking Didn’t Start at Harvard It really began at a girls’ reform school.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.