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  • You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola

    20 October 2014, 8:14 pm by: Josh Voorhees

    Health officials in Dallas and Washington are feeling a bit better now that the 21-day monitoring period has passed for dozens of people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan before he was (belatedly) diagnosed with Ebola late last month. As of Monday, 43 of…
  • Deadly Advice

    20 October 2014, 7:13 pm by: William Saletan

    Republicans have found a health expert to guide our nation’s policy on Ebola. The expert is you, the American people. According to polls, most of us want the government to ban all travel to the United States from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Therefore,…
  • God’s Oligarch

    20 October 2014, 6:49 pm by: Joshua Keating

    If being the subject of international sanctions is causing Konstantin Malofeev any stress, he’s not showing it. “The sanctions are a very stupid instrument that only Obama and his administration could believe will have any impact. It has not damaged my…
  • The Serial Podcast Ending Is TBD

    20 October 2014, 6:47 pm by: Mike Pesca

    Listen to Episode 118 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • The GOP Can’t Quit “Willie Horton”

    20 October 2014, 6:24 pm by: Jamelle Bouie

    Willie Horton has returned, and he is in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break!

    20 October 2014, 5:09 pm by: Chris Wade

    Peyton Manning is maybe the best quarterback of all-time—one need look no further than Sunday night’s Broncos win over the 49ers, in which Manning threw his record-setting 509th touchdown pass, for evidence of that. It was the celebration after that toss…
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Whimsy Watch Edition

    20 October 2014, 4:40 pm by: Stefan Fatsis

    Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:
  • Smash and Grab

    20 October 2014, 3:53 pm by: John Dickerson

    The Senate races in South Dakota and Kansas may be examples of a rising political phenomenon: the smash-and-grab campaign. In both states, independent candidates have scrambled long-settled patterns. Races that were once considered safe wins for Republicans…
  • Keeping It in the Family

    20 October 2014, 3:40 pm by: Emily Tamkin

    The oldest running hotel in operation is not in Paris or London or Rome. It is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, in Yamanashi, Japan: a hot-spring hotel called Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan, which has existed since the year 705. The second-oldest is…
  • Now Is the Time to Invent

    20 October 2014, 3:22 pm by: Jack Hamilton

    A generation ago a trio stormed out of the Pacific Northwest to become the most critically acclaimed rock band of their era. They rode the crest of a fiercely independent, now-legendary musical subculture, steeped in the aesthetic iconoclasm and righteous…

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