| 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....
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:10 AM
Oh. Have I got your attention now?
(Apologies to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.)
This may be a case of the worst timing ever, but the question of whether Congress is underpaid actually is on the table right now.
You can thank tin-eared...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:20 PM
Matthew Yglesias this week has jumped on one of the more discreditable bandwagons of Obamacare revisionism: the notion that the failure of the enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, has done near permanent damage to progressive principles.
A lot of that...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 2:56 PM
In all the commotion about a Miami-area police force's allegedly mindless harassment of workers and patrons of a convenience store, one aspect that may have been overlooked is how the cops' behavior was fostered by a "zero tolerance" program.
| Dec 10, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off.
In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host...
| 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 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 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...
| May 24, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Thursday???s pricing announcement for the Chevrolet Spark EV likely piqued some interest on the West Coast, but chances are few others gave it much attention. GM will sell the all-electric hatchback only in California and Oregon; the automaker has...
| 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!"'
| Jun 19, 2013
| 3:04 PM
This is a column about nothing. It's kind of like a show about nothing, just less entertaining — and a lot less lucrative.
The nothing we're talking about is the blank space around punctuation. And for a whole lot of nothing, these blank spaces...