Olivia Nuzzi is back with more dirt from the Weiner campaign. Are you shocked to learn that his staff was caught unaware by the new scandal? No, you're probably not, but still.
Sara Sorcher explains how an F-35 is built as a way of explaining why sequestration won't cut long-term defense costs.
Hot new trend: Yelling "this is for Trayvon Martin" when you're robbing a guy. (The incident in this report occured at a spot where gangs intersect with mostly-white weekend revelers.)
Isaac Chotiner is not impressed by Bob Schieffer's morality play.
The New York Times really nails President Obama to the wall.
NYT: There were reports yesterday that you are very close to naming Larry Summers as the new Fed chairman. True?
MR. OBAMA: I have not made a final decision. I’ve narrowed it down to some extraordinarily qualified candidates.
NYT: Do you want to say who?
MR. OBAMA: No. (Laughter.)
NYT: I tried.
And two weeks before Cory Booker wins the New Jersey Democratic primary anyway, the family of Frank Lautenberg keeps trying to undercut him for the shame of exploring his bid early. It's a fascinating story, if ultimately trivial:
Lautenberg’s anger didn’t stop several senior members of his senate or campaign staff from joining the mayor’s campaign. His former state director, Brendan Gill, was the latest to sign on this month.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.