Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Mentor Says "I Hope I Didn't Contribute" to Boston Bombing

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
May 10 2013 8:31 AM

Opening Act: Literally Biden

166760226
Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a dedication ceremony naming a Capitol Visitor Center conference room in honor of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' slain aide Gabe Zimmerman at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2013.

Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

The vice president's Rolling Stone interview (with Doug Brinkley) is, like you'd expect, goofy and newsy. On the gun bill:

A lot of our colleagues – a few Democrats and a lot of Republicans who know better – thought, "The public hasn't changed, if I vote with you, I get beat up. . . ." The 17 or 18 people I called and spoke to thought they would get in trouble supporting any additional, quote, "burden on gun ownership." The ones who still said no, the four Democrats and remaining nine or 10 Republicans, they didn't offer any substantive reasoning to be against it. In one form or another, they all said the same thing: "Joe, don't ask me to walk the plank, because the House isn't going to do anything, anyway." The other one was, "Joe, I know it's 85-15, 80-20, 90-10 in my state. You know how it works: The 10 percent that are against, they're all going to be energized; they're going to organize against me. And the 90 percent who are for it, it's not going to be a determining vote for them." My argument was, "You've got it wrong. The public has changed."

Mark Ames asks whether the Boston bombings were "blowback from a very dark and savage game being played out by America's leading hawks, Cold Warriors and oil imperialists."

Advertisement

In the Massachusetts Senate race, Ed Markey's campaign keeps up its flurry of punches against Gabriel Gomez, and generates headlines like this: "Gabriel Gomez Defends $280,000 Tax Break On Cohasset Home." In 2010, Democrats sat and slept while Scott Brown built the indelible image of a likeable truck-driving bro in a barn coat. (Only after the campaign did voters realize he'd bought the truck to transport his daughter's horse.) Markey's job: Do whatever damage it takes to Gomez's image so he becomes a generic Republican, and thus easy to roll over.

Zack Beauchamp muses on why conservatives link race and IQ, a topic I've done some reporting on for a story that'll appear later today.

Gosnell-mentum continues as Republicans ask all 50 state health departments to prove they're inspecting abortion clinics.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

TODAY IN SLATE

History

The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Television

See Me

Transparent is the fall’s only great new show.

Doublex

Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 30 2014 11:57 AM Iowa Radical The GOP’s Senate candidate doesn’t want voters to know just how conservative she really is.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 30 2014 11:25 AM Naomi Klein Is Wrong Multinational corporations are doing more than governments to halt climate change.
  Life
The Vault
Sept. 30 2014 11:51 AM Thomas Jefferson's 1769 Newspaper Ad Seeking a Fugitive Slave 
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 30 2014 11:42 AM Listen to Our September Music Roundup Hot tracks from a cooler month, exclusively for Slate Plus members.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 11:38 AM Tim & Eric Brought Their Twisted Minds—and Jeff Goldblum—to This Bizarre Light Bulb Ad
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 11:55 AM The Justice Department Is Cracking Down on Sales of Spyware Used in Stalking
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath the Methane Lakes of Titan?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.