Punished for Being Poor

0SHARESShare Instead of starting his third semester at community college this fall, Quinntez Woodson sat in a San Francisco jail cell, held on $35,000 bail that he could not afford. He sat there for more than two months, waiting either for the start of his trial or for his family to collect enough money to get him out. During that ...

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This Is Not Trump’s Benghazi

0SHARESShare A Nigerien soldier wearing a United States military uniform waits during a training exercise on Sept. 22, 2004, in Samara, Niger.Jacob Silberberg/Getty Images Before the tragic deaths of four American and five Nigerien soldiers on Oct. 4, few Americans realized that U.S. troops were deployed to the West African country. While much of the media coverage since then has ...

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Treat Yourself to a Meteor Shower

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above Inspiration Point early on Aug. 12, 2016, in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.Ethan Miller/Getty Images Perhaps in recognition of how dire things have gotten down here on earth, space has been putting on quite a show lately. Last night Uranus lit up the night sky , bigger and brighter than it has ...

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The Angle: No Conspiracies Edition

<!– Deaths in Niger are not a new Benghazi, what is (and isn’t) emotional labor, and Trump’s problem with women of color, in Slate’s daily newsletter. Slate’s daily newsletter on the deaths in Niger, emotional labor, and Trump’s wars with women of color. By Rebecca Onion Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson speaks about the death of Sgt. La David Johnson before ...

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Japanese Scientists Found a Cave That Might Be Perfect For a Moon Base

<!– Moon cave found by Japanese scientists might be perfect an astronaut base. It’s huge and could protect astronauts from radiation.  By Aaron Mak We might be a little bit closer to a moon base now.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images Japan’s space agency has made one small step towards establishing a moon base. Scientists with Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced on ...

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Gold Star

There’s some eye-catching stuff in this week’s digest.iStock Does it feel as though the Trump administration landed on “militaristic authoritarianism” this week as a kind of rhetorical last resort? As though the pinball of Trump’s temperament happened to bounce into the slot marked “bereaved military families,” and now there’s nowhere for it to come out but the abhorrent assertion that ...

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Marc Maron and Brendan McDonald

Marc Maron.Marc Maron Listen to Episode 853 of Slate’s The Gist: Advertisement Marc Maron says he “didn’t know anything about anything” when he began working in radio. But producer Brendan McDonald can tell you the moment he knew Maron could be a radio star. It was during a morning show on the ill-fated Air America network, and then-host Maron was ...

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“If You’ve Never Been in Combat, You Can’t Even Imagine”

White House chief of staff John Kelly speaks during a White House briefing Thursday.Win McNamee/Getty Images Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly gave a remarkable performance at Thursday’s White House press briefing, deploying his record of service and sacrifice to defend President Trump’s clumsy handling of condolences to the families of four U.S. Army soldiers killed in Niger. Any mistakes by ...

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Three No Trump

You don’t have to love Bush, McCain, or Romney to heed their words.Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Alex Wong/Getty Images, William Thomas Cain/Getty Images, and Alex Wong/Getty Images. On Monday, Sen. John McCain denounced President Trump’s philosophy, agenda, and conduct . On Thursday, former President George W. Bush did the same thing . Neither mentioned Trump by name, but ...

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