| Dec 2, 2013
| 6:50 PM
More Americans shopped over the holiday weekend, but they spent less per person, leading to a 2.7 percent decline in total spending from 2012, the National Retail Federation reported.
In all, 141 million U.S. adults spent an average of $407 apiece in...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 3:24 PM
A tradition -- the president pardoning turkeys from certain death just before Thanksgiving -- has come in for an unusual amount of criticism this year. A Slate.com writer suggests President Obama pardon real people instead of (or in addition to) turkeys....
| Nov 5, 2013
| 1:35 PM
Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 2:35 PM
The Food and Drug Administration released long-awaited documents Dec. 21 on genetically modified salmon: an assessment of the fish’s potential environmental effects and a preliminary “finding of no significant impact” of the fish on...
| Sep 29, 2013
While some social media outlets are dealing with issues of privacy (is the government reading our timelines?), Twitter is going public (with plans for an initial public stock offering). And during the recent attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, both the...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 8:20 AM
Beginning in 2011, about three dozen people in Tokyo have been meeting every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. on a mission to scrub down, one by one, the city's grungiest public rest rooms. “By 7:30,” according to an Associated Press reporter who...
| Sep 12, 2013
First-time mother Amy Webb proudly notates dozens of data points about her child each day and obsessively tracks their detailed progression by computer on spreadsheets, according to the provocative first-person account she wrote for Slate....
| Sep 6, 2013
| 7:14 AM
You know the passage:
There's glory for you!'
'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'
| Oct 26, 2012
| 7:28 AM
Well, we’ve reached that point of the season where everyone starts freaking out about hypothetical situations.
“Can Kansas State jump Florida to get into the top two?”
“Will Oregon go undefeated and be left out of the...
| May 7, 2012
| 7:07 AM
It's pretty clear that the Obama administration has no problem with gay marriage. But now Vice President Joe Biden has made it a little clearer. From Slate.com:
On Meet the Press Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden said he is “absolutely...
| Aug 31, 2012
WASHINGTON — To watch Condoleezza Rice, the face of George W. Bush's foreign policy, stand before a convention of cheering Republicans and condemn Barack Obama for diminishing America's standing in the world — one can only gasp at the...