Our Best Presidents Are Flip-Floppers [www.slate.com] Every presidential election cycle has its designated “flip-flopper,” the candidate attacked for his insincerity, inauthenticity, and lack of “resolve.” In 2004, it was Sen. The same goes for Clinton.
A Dishonest History of the Last War [www.slate.com] For the last week, liberals and conservatives have been arguing over the Iraq war. They agree that it was a mistake. Except that you can. Anyone else would have made the same choice.
Republicans Are Not on the Edge of Extinction [www.slate.com] The Republican Party controls Congress, the majority of governorships, and the majority of statehouses. But it’s too much to argue, as McGraw does, that the party is primed for decline.
White Out [www.slate.com] There’s no question that white Americans prefer white neighborhoods. I implied prejudice, but there are other options. It could be ethnocentrism—positive feelings about your racial compatriots.
A Tax on Blackness [www.slate.com] In 1934, Homer Hoyt wrote a dissertation—“One Hundred Years of Land Values in Chicago: A “green” neighborhood was white, affluent, Anglo-Saxon, and appropriately Protestant.
Cheap Talk [www.slate.com] Thus far, the Democrats’ anti-inequality agenda has focused on redistribution. Even with more programs—more health care, more tax credits—the shape of the economy is the same:
All in the Family [www.slate.com] Hillary Clinton is sprinting away from Bill. She hasn’t abandoned the former president—Bill will almost certainly campaign for Hillary—but she’s begun to put space between her career and his legacy.
Huckabee’s Welfare State Conservatism [www.slate.com] For his opening pitch to Republican voters, Mike Huckabee channeled a little of Elizabeth Warren’s fiery populism. Washington, he said in his video announcement, “has done enough lying and stealing.
Clinton’s Immigration Game Changer [www.slate.com] For the second time in two weeks, Hillary Clinton has surprised progressives. Hillary Clinton is for expansive immigration reform. And the implications—in policy and in politics—are huge. Not one.
A Swing and a Miss [www.slate.com] There’s a certain rhythm to Clinton Cash: Take his chapter on the Clintons and India—titled “Indian Nukes: Hillary had not been a supporter of the bill, and her closest aides were all opposed to it.
Ben Carson Is No Herman Cain [www.slate.com] As Ben Carson begins his run for the 2016 Republican nomination—he officially announced his campaign on Monday at a music hall in Detroit—it’s easy to compare him with Herman Cain, the last black Ame…
We Know What Killed Freddie Gray [www.slate.com] On Friday morning, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the results of Freddie Gray’s autopsy. The report is clear. When he finally arrived at the station, he was in cardiac arrest.
Hillary Clinton’s Impressive Criminal Justice Speech [www.slate.com] There’s plenty to quibble with in Hillary Clinton’s speech on mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, which she gave on Wednesday at Columbia University. There, Clinton is silent.
The Deep, Troubling Roots of Baltimore’s Decline [www.slate.com] BALTIMORE—“We want people to register to vote, because that’s where the change is made,” said State Sen. This is mostly a function of population decline, stemming from the riots.
Baltimore’s Fire [www.slate.com] BALTIMORE, Maryland—On Monday night, there were riots in Baltimore, but it’s hard to say Baltimore was rioting. Likewise, across town, on Broadway Street, an uncompleted home for seniors burned down.
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.