Bush’s Millions [www.slate.com] In his four months as a not-quite-candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Jeb Bush has raised stacks of cash. Jeb Bush’s total is astounding. Lamar Alexander—out of the competition.
Bill Clinton’s High Price [www.slate.com] Bill Clinton left office a popular president, became a popular post-president, and re-entered politics at the end of the decade as one of the most effective advocates in the Democratic Party.
Scott Walker’s Anti-Immigration Epiphany [www.slate.com] On Monday, in an interview with Glenn Beck, Wisconsin Gov. Mitt Romney touted “self-deportation” as a solution to unauthorized immigrants, while figures like Iowa Rep. Rand Paul—it wouldn’t matter.
Burying Bill [www.slate.com] If Bill Clinton had a chief political goal in his two terms as president, it was to win working-class whites and restore the Democratic Party as the home for their concerns. But here’s the challenge:
Obama’s Gift to Hillary Clinton [www.slate.com] We are due for a major presidential scandal. At least, that’s been the pattern for three of the last four administrations. They were two-term presidents; voters weren’t a concern. George H.W. And Sen.
Remembering History as Fable [www.slate.com] It’s a damp, cloudy April afternoon on a muddy industrial park in Appomattox, Virginia, and—clad in the grays, golds, and reds of his Confederate officer’s uniform, Bill is giving me a short soliloqu…
Mr. Runner-Up [www.slate.com] On Monday, in Miami, Sen. Marco Rubio announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. The Florida senator finds himself in an unusual position. Unlike Sens. But unlike Gov.
The Indispensable Hillary Clinton [www.slate.com] “Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion.” With that, at the end of a two-minute video released Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced her second campaign for the presidency.
The Unlikely Paths of Grant and Lee [www.slate.com] One hundred fifty years ago, at the courthouse in Appomattox, Virginia, Ulysses S. Grant won the Civil War. His chief opponent, Gen. Robert E. But this was just the beginning of Grant’s career. Grant:
Broken Taillight Policing [www.slate.com] This past Saturday morning in North Charleston, South Carolina, Officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, a 50-year-old resident of the city, after a traffic stop turned into an altercatio…
A Rand for All Seasons [www.slate.com] For four years, Rand Paul has been running for president. And for those four years, he’s tried be a different kind of Republican. How? It won’t work. But Paul can change course. It matters.
Social Security Is Having a Moment [www.slate.com] You probably missed it, but, late last month, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders helped push the Democratic Party a little to the left. It was an outrageous deal. Instead, they recalibrated.
The Progressive Impersonator [www.slate.com] On Sunday, Martin O’Malley made his first real jab at Hillary Clinton. “The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families,” he said in an interview with George S…
Why It Matters That Jeb Bush Defended Mike Pence [www.slate.com] In the five days since he signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a cadre of athletes, activists, and business leaders have condemned and criticized Gov. Neither Wisconsin Gov.
Where Have All the Populists Gone? [www.slate.com] The wealthiest Americans don’t care about inequality, and our presidential candidates are following their lead. That’s not to say they aren’t talking about inequality. It died.
Patty Murray Should Be the Next Senate Minority Leader [www.slate.com] In Washington, there is a cottage industry of progressives who want Elizabeth Warren to do something besides represent Massachusetts in the Senate. Now, pro-Warren progressives have a new option.
The “Say It With Me: President Ted Cruz” Edition [www.slate.com] Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest! In Walker v.
Ted Cruz Is No Ronald Reagan [www.slate.com] There’s a trope in election writing that you can summarize with a cliché: “The only poll that matters is Election Day.” The idea is that politics are contingent and that it’s foolish to assume outcom…
It’s Hilarious That Ted Cruz Is Signing Up for Obamacare [www.slate.com] Twenty minutes into his address announcing his run for the White House, Sen. As you’d expect, this gave the political Internet a good laugh. For starters, this is a function of circumstances.