CNN finds voters under 30 cooling on the president quickly—since the emergence of the NSA story, a 17-point drop in approval numbers from them.
The Boston Globe polls the Markey-Gomez Senate race and finds an 11-point lead for the Democrat. Skeptics will point out that the Globe provided the last poll of the 2010 race in which Martha Coakley maintained a real lead. Skeptics forget that the 2010 poll was conducted two weeks before that election. We're only eight days out from this one.
The Post wonks ask whether the GOP's anti-Obamacare campaign clashes with its minority outreach. Spoiler: It does.
Amanda Marcotte tracks this year's success of anti-abortion laws in Republican-run states.
Josh Rogin asks the Free Syrian Army what they've actually gotten from the U.S. since Friday's announcement of ... whatever that was.
And Rand Paul gets the Julia Ioffe treatment.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?
Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.
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?
Forget Oculus Rift
This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.