A Hard Bargain
The Munsee Indians sold Staten Island under duress—but not before they got the colony of New York to make some surprising concessions.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me EqualityThe most important questions to listen for as the Supreme Court considers gay marriage.
The Riots of ’68What the violence in the wake of the King assassination can, and can’t, teach us about Baltimore today.
A Smorgasbord of ExcusesThe defense tries a little of everything to save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty.
Don’t Go to Nepal to Help. Stay Home and Send Money Instead!If you hop on the next flight to Kathmandu, you will cause more problems than you solve.
Freddie Gray’s Broken NeighborhoodEven by the standards of troubled Baltimore, Sandtown-Winchester is tragically impoverished and violent.
Not All Must RiseMany of the people who will witness Supreme Court history paid a ton for the privilege.
First PrinciplesClinton began her campaign by denouncing the big money flowing into politics. That just got a lot harder for her to talk about.
Bill Clinton’s High PriceThe former president would be an enormous asset to a Hillary Clinton administration. But it comes at a cost.
Justices’ Questions, AnsweredPreviously on Same-Sex Marriage Arguments at the Supreme Court …
Britain’s Season of DespairInstead of appealing to peoples’ aspirations, British politicians are pitching worst-case scenarios to win votes.
“How Can You Represent Those People?”Hillary Clinton and other feminist lawyers are right to defend alleged rapists.
The Fight Against 15Increasing the minimum wage so dramatically will damage the economic prospects of millions of vulnerable people.
Photos of Protest, Violence, Anger, and Fire in Baltimore After the death of Freddie Gray and questions of police abuse, a city erupts.
Supreme Court Dispatches
A Free Kick InHow does the Constitution protect innocent people who are stuck in jail?
Dear John LettersA taxonomy of gay marriage arguments aimed at Chief Justice John Roberts.
Bush’s MillionsJeb Bush says he’s breaking fundraising records. So why doesn’t that scare anyone?
Don’t Blame DronesIt is awful that U.S. drone strikes kill innocent civilians, including our own. But many more would die without them.
Reinventing the WheelThe bike has become a symbol of poverty in China, but cycling enthusiasts are trying to make it a vehicle for individual expression.
Obama Knows the Truth About the Armenian GenocideHe, more than any American president, should know the importance of speaking it.
What We Like Right NowOur favorite picks for the week of April 20, curated by Slate writers and editors.
The Yemen TrapThe civil war in Yemen is a messy power struggle that will likely get worse before it gets better.
Scott Walker’s Anti-Immigration EpiphanyThe Wisconsin governor’s new position against legal immigration could have huge implications for the GOP race.