Opening Act: The Finale

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Sept. 17 2013 9:39 AM

Opening Act: The Finale

Two quick programming notes. One: Like most of Slate's staff, I am spending the bulk of today traveling home from a company retreat. This blog will be mostly inactive, unless readers want me to risk my life by trying to post while driving. (If only I knew how to install a quick poll in this space.)

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

Two: It's 2013 A.D. and I'm no longer convinced that early-morning roundup posts are a good use of time. So this will be the last one—again, barring some massive pressure campaign, letters from readers piling up like letters to Santa in Miracle on 34th Street. Roundup posts are a decent way of inhaling the news if the writer's going to be absent for much of a day, though, so here we go.


D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he'll "look into" whether sequestration cuts enabled the Navy Yard shootings, somehow.

A Pew poll gives every side of the health care fight some grist—Obamacare's still mostly unpopular! Repealing it is still mostly unpopular!

The Wall Street Journal delivers its umpteenth "House Republicans, please learn to work together" piece, though it's weakened at the end.

Some Republicans think they are sure to hold the House in 2014 no matter what happens because of gerrymandering, but even those levees won't hold if there's a wave of revulsion against the GOP. Marginal seats still matter for controlling Congress. The kamikazes could end up ensuring the return of all-Democratic rule.

Maybe the use of the word "levees" was an accident; to me it evokes the fall of George W. Bush's popularity in 2006, and the ease with which Democrats took back the House even in the last gasps of the Aughts prosperity.

Time magazine still thinks American readers want to read about frivolous things.

The Today show has a wonderful we'll-get-through-this human interest story about a blind man led from the carnage of Navy Yard.

And Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, now solidly trailing in his race for governor, is spending Constitution Day with radio host/author/hurler of insults like "her thighness" and "Hillary Rotten Clinton" Mark Levin.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

The Ungodly Horror of Having a Bug Crawl Into Your Ear and Scratch Away at Your Eardrum

My Father Was James Brown. I Watched Him Beat My Mother. Then I Married Someone Like Him.

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 2:57 PM ISIS Helps Snuff Out Conservative Opposition to Government Funding Bill
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 1:59 PM Ask a Homo: Secret Ally Codes 
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 1:26 PM Hey CBS, Rihanna Is Exactly Who I Want to See on My TV Before NFL Games
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 1:01 PM A Rare, Very Unusual Interview With Michael Jackson, Animated
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 12:35 PM IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 11:18 AM A Bridge Across the Sky
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.