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Wealthy Should Give Thanks for Their Welfare Benefits

Jag Bhalla | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

American capitalism requires workers. Workers, young and old, require health care. We can't allow them to be treated like inhuman resources, that can be consumed, and the residue conveniently and cheaply disposed of.

Keep Tipping Your Servers

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 11.19.2012 | Business

The No. 1 consequence of Obama’s re-election is that it essentially guarantees his signature health care law will be implemented. And not everyo...

Are Monkey Bars Too Dangerous For Playgrounds?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 10.18.2012 | Parents

Written for Slate by Dan Kois I didn’t expect to be one of those parents who has opinions about playground equipment. Before we moved to the subu...

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

Blaine And Andie, 25 Years Later

Slate | Posted 09.10.2012 | Women

When Andrew McCarthy rushed up to Molly Ringwald in the final moments of 'Pretty In Pink' to apologize for being a douchebag and declare his love, it ...

Why I Don't Trust Book Reviews Online

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.09.2012 | Books
Nina Badzin

If every book is a "must-read," and "amazing," then how can people looking for suggestions take all this hyperbolic Tweeting and Facebooking seriously?

Here's How Chains Are Fighting The End Of Retail

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 07.26.2012 | Business

After decades of population decline, America's cities have started to see growth again over the past twenty years. Over the past five years, the u...

Free to Be ... Me: Why Do Other People's Choices Make Us So Cranky?

Ester Bloom | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Ester Bloom

Friends, this is very simple. If you don't want to go to other people's joyous ceremonies, don't go. If you don't want children, don't have them. If you don't want to get married, great! Save your money for retirement. I'm not judging you, so please do me the courtesy of not judging me.

Why It's Important To Let Kids 'Hang Out' Online

Slate | Posted 05.17.2012 | Parents

Here’s a scene in my house: My almost 9-year-old is on the Internet doing something or other, and I am not standing over her shoulder or otherwise m...

Is There A Way To Outsmart Text Message Spammers?

| Posted 04.15.2012 | Technology

By Will Oremus (Click here for original article.) Two years ago, I got a text message from a number with a Las Vegas area code. “Thanks for vi...

When You Speculate With Financial Derivatives, You Hurt Society

Slate | Eric Posner and Glen Weyl | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

On Monday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an order prohibiting the marketing of a new set of derivatives that would have enabled...

The Inequity Leading Young Women To Make Dangerous Decisions

| Jessica Grose | Posted 03.02.2012 | Women

By Jessica Grose (Click here for original story) There's a new study from the Journal of Adolescent Health that shows that teenage girls whose prim...

A Camera as Big as a New York Apartment

Posted 04.17.2012 | Arts

Imagine looking at a 24-foot photograph of your face, created with such detail that if you got up on a ladder with a magnifying glass you could inspec...

Michael Calderone

Behind The 2012 News (And Noise) Cycle | Michael Calderone | Posted 02.07.2012 | Media

Last week, Jon Ralston, a veteran Las Vegas Sun columnist, dared reporters to ignore Donald Trump's unveiling of his presidential endorsement -- with ...

Obama Sics Media On Romney

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.26.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The media are having no problem decoding the not-so-secret message from last night. Obama wants us to know that Mitt Romney is what the president's new role model, Theodore Roosevelt, would have called a "malefactor of great wealth."

Jason Linkins

I Was Not Mentally Prepared For This Simon Doonan Column About Boobs, I'm Afraid | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.19.2012 | Media

In the Slate-iest thing you'll read all week, Simon Doonan -- of Barneys New York fame -- is given the opportunity to consider whether that small brea...

The Four Stages Of Tech

| Posted 01.17.2012 | Technology

By Brian David Johnson (Click here for original article.) My one-man campaign against fear started on a chilly evening in San Francisco. I was dis...

Grumpy Conservatives Survey Post-Iowa Scene

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.05.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

The Pollyanna award goes to Ross Douthat of the New York Times, who thinks caucus-goers did themselves proud last night. "Presented with the weakest presidential field of any major party in a generation," he writes, "they made the best of a bad situation."

Filibustering A D.C. Circuit Court Judicial Nominee

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.08.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- This week's Republican filibustering of judicial nominee Caitlin Halligan brought to light a whole bunch of ironies. In Slate, Dahlia...

Town divided over major employer's permission to pollute the air

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

By Howard Berkes and Sarah Harris, iWatch NewsThis story is a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity, NPR and Slate."This person righ...

HP Unleashes Brand New Tablet

The Huffington Post | Jason O. Gilbert | Posted 01.03.2012 | Technology

Can't find one of those much coveted, discontinued Touchpads? Well, HP's got a new tablet coming out -- but it's going to cost you a little more than ...

Does Marrying Young Spell Disaster? Not For Me

Slate | Posted 12.07.2011 | Women

To celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary last year, my husband and I spent the weekend at a funky motel in the Catskills. We arrived Friday night, p...

If the 'End of Men' Is Here, Why Is Female Poverty Up?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.14.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Sure, women may be doing better in school, but we're still up against the pay gap and glass ceiling at work and the second shift at home. And that's only half the story.

Jack Shafer Laid Off From Slate

Adweek | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media

Slate, the online news magazine owned by the Washington Post Company, has laid off a number of employees, including editor-at-large Jack Shafer, Adwee...

Eliot Spitzer SUED

Posted 10.22.2011 | Media

Eliot Spitzer is being sued for a year-old column, Reuters reports. The libel lawsuit concerns an August 22, 2010 column that Spitzer wrote for Sla...