Opening Act: Where's the Money?

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
April 5 2013 8:25 AM

Opening Act: Where's the Money?

If it's been a slow week for Washington, it's been a fascinating few days on the international wealth beat. Spend a little time with the ICIJ's investigations into leaked documents about offshore European tycoon wealth. State-owned Russian companies incorporated in the Virgin Islands! French socialists with cash hidden from the tax hikes!

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

Alex Pareene has a little fun with that story about the NRCC "imitating Buzzfeed" in the hope of making stories go viral on Facebook. Worth noting: The NRCC has a damn easy job for the next four cycles. Most of Ohio's Republican delegation could start sleeping, right now, and still win their gerrymandered seats.


Charles Johnson witnesses the birth of a new right-wing Obama meme.

Obama said: “Well, the government is us. These officials are elected by you. They are elected by you. I am elected by you. I am constrained, as they are constrained, by a system that our Founders put in place. It’s a government of and by and for the people.”

Just a simple statement of fact, right? What could possibly be bad about this? Leave it to the raving kooks of the right wing blogs to find a way to distort Obama’s words and read things into it that he never said — in lockstep unison, because that’s how they do everything.

Only now can it be told: Scott Brown isn't a genius. (The fact that some lazy columnists were saying, in 2010, that he should run for president tells you much of what you need to know about columnists.)

And Jackie Calmes gets her mitts on (a preview of) the White House's budget, the wonderful shiny object that will rescue this city from the morass of this slow news period, and throw it into the entirely different morass of a legislative stalemate.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 


Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

There Are New Abuse Allegations Against Adrian Peterson

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

John Oliver Pleads for Scotland to Stay With the U.K.

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter


Don’t Expect Adrian Peterson to Go to Prison

In much of America, beating your kids is perfectly legal. 

The Juice

Ford’s Big Gamble

It’s completely transforming America’s best-selling vehicle.

I Tried to Write an Honest Profile of One of Bollywood’s Biggest Stars. It Didn’t Go Well.

Here’s Why College Women Don’t Take Rape Allegations to the Police

The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 1:51 PM Here’s Why College Women Don’t Take Rape Allegations to the Police
  News & Politics
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
Sept. 15 2014 4:38 PM What Is Straight Ice Cream?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
Future Tense
Sept. 15 2014 4:49 PM Cheetah Robot Is Now Wireless and Gallivanting on MIT’s Campus
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 15 2014 11:00 AM The Comet and the Cosmic Beehive
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.