Today From Slate

Slate tells you what you need to know (and one thing you don't) every weekday.

News
201
Weight for It, Weight for It
Mike Pesca with today’s haul: why people aren’t moving for jobs, the unsurprising transcripts of the president’s phone calls for foreign leaders, and a study showing Asian-Americans are more likely to be accepted if they’re overweight.
2 min
202
Anti-Vaxxers, Unleashed
Mike Pesca with today’s haul: A heat wave in the Pacific Northwest, the State Department’s untapped fund to fight misinformation abroad, and the doggie anti-vaxxers of Brooklyn.
2 min
203
Mooch Gets Prankster’d
Mary Wilson has today’s three things: Alabama’s 2014 abortion law is struck down and the “Email Prankster” gets the better of White House aides, including Anthony Scaramucci and the homeland security adviser.
2 min
204
Rickrolled By Democracy
Mary Wilson has today’s three things: The architects of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” could go on trial, our benevolent voting-system hackers, and the Mooch as a law student.
2 min
205
Justin Trudeau Can't Be President, You Guys
Chris Berube with the rundown: Canadians are mad at the Trudeau Rolling Stone cover; California is close to legalizing safe injection sites; Larry David makes a very Larry David-ish gaffe.
3 min
206
He's Modern Day Presidential
Chris Berube with the rundown: Donald Trump's veterans tribute takes a bad turn; Did the President warn anyone about his transgender military ban?; Rick Perry takes a crank call.
3 min
207
The Chickens That Screwed Up Free Trade
Chris Berube with the rundown: Rome's drought is getting pretty bad; Chickens are holding up a potential US-UK free trade deal; Nicolas Maduro makes a power enemy.
2 min
208
Out With The Old, In With The New
Chris Berube with the rundown: two things you need to know about Anthony Scaramucci, one thing you don't about outgoing Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
2 min
209
The Mustache Will Outlive Us All
Chris Berube with the rundown: Akie Abe maybe pretended not the speak English around Trump; Three hundred jobs will be outsourced at Carrier; Salvador Dali's mustache lives on, miraculously.
2 min
210
The Scariest Calendar Ever
Chris Berube with the rundown: Reports say Paul Manafort owed $17-million to Russians in 2015; New airport restrictions for everyone entering the US; Holland devises a clever way to solve cold cases.
2 min
211
Fidget Spinners Are Brainwash, Apparently
Chris Berube with the rundown: The DoD is renting an apartment they don't need in Trump Tower; Russian state TV has harsh words for fidget spinners; The Bank of England screwed up their Jane Austen money.
2 min
212
Secretly Canadian
Chris Berube with the rundown: Donald Trump issues his NAFTA demands; An Australian senator unearths a shocking(ly mild) fact about her past; A 250-year-old cannonball is still active, somehow.
2 min
213
Big Scary Iceberg Edition
Chris Berube with the rundown: How big is that giant iceberg, exactly?; Colorado scares people off the voter rolls; No, macaroni and cheese won't kill you, probably.
2 min
214
Kermit’s New Puppet Master
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: Papua New Guinea’s thin-skinned elections chief, a hacker targets one of the State Department’s top Russian specialists, and Kermit gets a new voice.
1 min
215
Tiny Handshake
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: Gambia inventories Yahya Jammeh’s ill-gotten goods, wildfires shut down tourist sites in Italy and Greece, and the Trump-Macron handshake, part deux.
1 min
216
Pity the Orangutans
Why the feud around Qatar is more like a mafia feud, habitat prospects are bad for cheetahs and orangutans, and it looks like 100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of greenhouse gas emissions since 1995.
2 min
217
You, Too, Can Be a Saint
Mary Wilson with three things: The death of a Russian KGB mastermind, a “straight no comment” from Emin Agalarov, and a new way to become a saint.
2 min
218
Mad Dog Takes Time for the Kids
Mary Wilson with three things: A menacing website in Russia, a redistricting push from Obama, and an unusual interview with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
2 min
219
Deep Breaths, Don't Panic
Chris Berube with the (terrifying) rundown: A cyberattack hits US nuclear plants; The US state department can't even find a hotel room in Germany; Trump pairs up with an actual super villain (kinda)
2 min
220
Let's Drink Waste Water!
Chris Berube with the rundown: The Trump Organization renews a fishy URL; One California company is bottling 'reused' water; A very upsetting sign at a baseball game is just tradition, I swear!
3 min
221
That's a Big Rubber Duck
Chris Berube with the rundown: Trump's trip to Europe starts in Poland; 44 states hold out on the voter fraud commission; Canada rented a very, very large rubber duck for some reason
3 min
222
The Macron Who Would Be King
Mary Wilson on news you might’ve missed: Sweden’s efforts to reintegrate former ISIS fighters, and French president Emmanuel Macron takes heat for being “pharaonic.”
1 min
223
German Cops Know How to Party
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: Taking up arms in Venezuela, melting down arms in Colombia, and getting out of hand in Hamburg.
1 min
224
The Monopoly Man
Mike Pesca has your 90 Seconds: Cyberattacks are once again sweeping Europe. A friend of the Trump family gets a promotion at HUD. A Minnesota guy tries to use a Get Out Of Jail Free card.
2 min
225
Kansas Cuts Its Losses
Mary Wilson on news you might’ve missed: The anti-tax agenda dies in Kansas, Salvador Dali could be exhumed next month, and the New York Times announces what will replace its public editor.
1 min
226
The Klondike Kickback
Chris Berube with the rundown: The White House says you can't report on press briefings; Alaska gets a helpful clause in the healthcare bill; Gwyneth Paltrow is nonsense.
2 min
227
Snacker Hackers
Chris Berube with the rundown: President Trump is back on the campaign trail; More North Carolina chicanery; A very dumb heist, revealed.
3 min
228
Girl Scouts Are the Future
Chris Berube with the rundown: Does Donald Trump have tapes of his conversations with James Comey?; We're getting another British, like next week maybe; The Girl Scouts introduce a very modern badge.
2 min
229
It's So Hot, Planes Can't Fly
Chris Berube with the rundown: American voters reevaluate George W. Bush; It's so hot in Phoenix, planes can't fly; Bob Dylan is history's greatest troll.
2 min
230
America's Funniest Jones Videos
Chris Berube with the rundown: Is Trump under investigation?; The ratings are not good for Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview; Sheriff Clarke, we hardly knew ya.
2 min
231
Mike Cernovich Takes a Nature Walk
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Catalonia campaigns for independence, New Jersey mulls a ban on releasing balloons, and for stress-free exercise, don’t hike with Mike Cernovich.
2 min
232
Putin Just Wants to Get Along
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Vladimir Putin says he’s ready to be friends with the U.S. The NSA says last month’s big cyberattack came from North Korea. Reading the FBI file on D&D creator Gary Gygax.
1 min
233
Buyer Be Scared
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: The investigation of the Flint water crisis has ensnared Michigan’s health chief, and more of The Trump Organization’s property sales have been going to secret buyers.
1 min
234
Sergey Kislyak Throws a Party
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Did President Trump fire Preet Bharara because his personal lawyer told him to? China is snubbing Trump’s cabinet. And Sergey Kislyak celebrates Russia Day.
1 min
235
Peter Thiel’s Long Game
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Peter Thiel’s software company Palantir has the ear of the defense secretary, and Comey Week overtook Infrastructure Week, and why that’s good for Republicans.
1 min
236
Hung Parliament Edition
Chris Berube is joined by June Thomas to break down the surprising outcome of the British election.
4 min
237
Should SXSW Move?
Chris Berube with the rundown: New Hampshire considers the first Trump-era voter ID law; Should SXSW leave Texas to protest regressive laws?; What do you call man-spreading in Spanish?
2 min
238
He'd Rather Be Golfing
Chris Berube with the rundown: three stories where politics and sports intersect.
2 min
239
The Stats About Terrorism in America
Chris Berube with the rundown: The statistics about terrorism deaths in America; Cuts kill investigations into The Troubles; Terry Gilliam finally completes Don Quixote, we still may never see it.
2 min
240
Yes, Even Sharknado is Political Now
Chris Berube with the rundown: Deciphering Trump's real views on climate change; A confusing election poll in the UK; Yes, even Sharknado is political now.
3 min
241
Mugabe Goes On Tour
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: France’s top cybersecurity official says countries face “permanent war” in cyberspace, the U.S. power sector gets a gold sticker for emissions reduction, and the oldest head of state in the world rallies the young’uns.
1 min
242
Ohio v. Opioids
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Ohio sues opioid makers, French President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign manager might be in trouble, and an astronaut comes back to Earth.
1 min
243
Smashing the Office Printer
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: The Supreme Court takes a gavel to patent-happy printer companies, and we find a compelling reason not to reform Pennsylvania’s pathetic ethics laws.
1 min
244
The World According to De Niro
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: The White House gets punched in the nose, the most Irish thing in the news today, and the world according to Robert De Niro.
2 min
245
Britain Decides
Chris Berube with three things you need to know about the upcoming British election.
2 min
246
#InsertCampaignHashtagHere
Mike Pesca with the rundown: A shocking number from the CBO report on the AHCA; A Mexican politician tries a new kind of campaign slogan; Spicer gets shut out by the pontiff.
1 min
247
Econ 101
Chris Berube with the rundown: Two things about the Trump budget; and a weird baseball legend, investigated.
2 min
248
Mr. Jones Goes to Washington; Mrs. Gingrich Goe...
Chris Berube with the rundown: Donald Trump responds to the terror attack in Manchester in a very Trumpian way; Callista Gingrich heads to the Vatican; InfoWars gets into the White House, just for one day.
3 min
249
Sheriff Clarke Thinks You're a Sleazebag
Chris Berube with the rundown: David Clarke joins the White House, plagiarized a lot of stuff; Protests in Venezuela hit fifty days; The Fyre will be back, assuming organizers are not in prison.
2 min
250
Maduro, Accused and Accursed
Mary Wilson with today's three things: Another damning leak from White House senior staff about the president's meeting with Russian officials, Rod Rosenstein says his memo was misused, and someone puts a spell on Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro.
1 min
251
Central Casting
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: The Mar-a-Lago WiFi security needs some work, Robert Mueller’s bona fides, and a harsh burn about the KitKat bar.
1 min
252
Russia, Can We Borrow Your Notes?
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Vladimir Putin offers Congress his own Russian intelligence in lieu of American records, can we print “schmuck” in the paper?, and a neo-Nazi publication branches out.
1 min
253
He’s Just Not That Into Zoo
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: How the president’s latest spill is playing in Russia, Judge Merrick Garland probably won’t replace Jim Comey, and a jokewriter’s case against Conan O’Brien will go to trial.
1 min
254
The Hack Comes Home to Roost
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Ivory Coast soldiers are revolting over unpaid bonuses and Russians are irked by the global ransomware attack.
1 min
255
Trump's Newest Tweetstorm
Mike Pesca with the rundown: President Trump tells Comey he *might* have tapes of their conversations; Another public tragedy in Venezuela; Robert Mugabe's not sleeping, he's just resting his eyes.
1 min
256
The Real Constitutional Crisis
Mike Pesca with the rundown: Forget Comey, the census mess is a real crisis; Trump wants to investigate voter fraud; Cellino and Barnes are breaking up, proving that nothing lasts forever and all happiness is fleeting.
2 min
257
Comeypalooza
Chris Berube with three facts about the firing of FBI director James Comey.
2 min
258
Moon Jae-in, Mr. Payback
Chris Berube with the rundown: Jared Kushner's sister makes a sketchy decision; Moon Jae-in is the new president of South Korea; A horrifying, nightmarish, gross, super-interesting fact about parasites
2 min
259
Perilous Rooftop Driving School Edition
Chris Berube with the rundown: A golf journalist drops a huge Trump allegation; Uber is being probed by the DOJ; A very dangerous Chinese driving school meets its fate.
2 min
260
Dangerous Minds
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: El Chapo gets no sympathy from a U.S. judge; exam fraud, engineer style; and an Army general declares war on fast food.
1 min
261
We’re Here All Week, Try The Bidouillage
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: Dust is choking northern China, Mr. Washington goes to Langley, and French insults pour tout le monde!
1 min
262
Hotel (Pending Litigation)
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: The Eagles say the jig is up for Mexico’s Hotel California, a U.S. commander asks to beef up forces in Europe, and hard day in Balch Springs, Texas.
2 min
263
“A Good Shutdown”
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: Members of Congress subtweet the president in the negotiated spending plan, President Trump wants the Senate to forsake the legislative filibuster, and Kansas City Catholics shun the Girl Scouts.
1 min
264
Game Over, Man
Chris Berube with the rundown: How Donald Trump celebrated 100 days; Sebastian Gorka is out at the White House; Aliens will probably kill us all.
2 min
265
Bunghazi
Chris Berube with the rundown: Trump administration staffing update, 100 Days edition; The other little red button in the White House; Another twist in the mysterious death of Simon, the enormous rabbit.
2 min
266
Tanks, But No Tanks
Chris Berube with the rundown: Why Marine Le Pen could win, troubling news about Ivanka's clothing brand, and a Shark Tank star ends a very short political career.
2 min
267
Blame Canada
Chris Berube with the rundown: Canadian fury over new lumber tariffs; How much will Trump supporters get in child care support?; Yet another United Airlines PR disaster.
2 min
268
Mar-a-Lago Awareness Week
Chris Berube with the rundown: Chaos on the German far-right; The State Department promotes Mar-a-Lago; The single funny thing about Alex Jones.
2 min
269
Make Mexico Pay For It, Or Not, Whatever
Chris Berube with the rundown: Trump's popularity 100 days in; Who IS going to pay for that wall?; A French May-December romance in the spotlight.
3 min
270
Operation Vandelay Industries
Mike Pesca with the rundown: Bird-hunting hostages freed in Iraq; Cameroon has the internet again!; A real-life Seinfeld plot is resolved.
1 min
271
We Have a Math Museum?
Mike Pesca has today’s rundown: The “Mother of All Protests” demonstrates on an empty stomach in Venezuela, the Commerce Department eyes steel imports, and the Math Museum takes a look at Star Trek deaths.
1 min
272
North Korea’s Mind Games
Mary Wilson has today’s rundown: Commercial satellites pick up images of a North Korea nuclear test site holding volleyball games, Rep. Jason Chaffetz won’t run for re-election, and Victoria Beckham accepts Queen’s honors.
2 min
273
SEAL Team Sex
Mary Wilson has today’s rundown: It’s election day for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Turkey President Erdogan has harsh words for critical election monitors, and the Navy investigates a SEAL for moonlighting as a porn actor.
2 min
274
Trump’s Reading List
Mary Wilson has today’s rundown: Russian state TV turns on Trump, Alex Jones goes to court for custody of his kids, and the President makes a book recommendation.
2 min
275
Space is the Place
The Bad Astronomer himself, Phil Plait, answers our three questions about commercial space travel.
4 min
276
White House Easter Egg Chaos!
Chris Berube with the rundown: 1) Trump allies have deep foreign ties; 2) More drama in the North Carolina legislature; 3) The Times has a big scoop around the White House Easter Egg Roll
2 min
277
Finally, Someone Takes on Big Alpaca
Mike Pesca with the rundown: 1) Melania Trump settles with the Daily Mail; 2) Jeff Flake takes on the alpaca lobby; 3) Bats are not a good source of 'surprise protein.'
1 min
278
Cruelty-Free Bunga Bunga
Chris Berube with the rundown: 1) What did Russia know about the Syrian chemical attack?; 2) Sebastien Gorka has a plan for Libya; 3) Silvio Berlusconi is the new face of vegetarianism in Italy
2 min
279
Three Perspectives on Syria
Chris Berube with the rundown: 1) The very muddy U.S. policy towards Syria; 2) How expensive is the President's weekly trip to Mar-a-Lago?; 3) The unusual way Fox is educating employees about harassment.
2 min
280
Strike One
Mary Wilson has today’s rundown: Questions abound in the wake of the president’s missile strike in Syria, Judge Neil Gorsuch is confirmed, and a flow chart to guide your use of the phrase, “reach out.”
2 min
281
Tiffany Trump Gets Her Due
Mike Pesca has today’s rundown: President Trump misquotes Rep. Elijah Cummings, a professor says most U.S. military entanglements aren’t actually due to alliances, and the New York Times throws Tiffany Trump a bone.
1 min
282
Mahindra Tractor Stands With Bill O’Reilly
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Advertisers run from Bill O’Reilly, Russian hubris caught on tape, and a Scottish woman loses her privacy-breach case against Trump International.
2 min
283
Mr. El-Sisi Goes to Washington
Chris Berube with two thing you need to know, and one you don't: 1) Trump meets with the President of Egypt; 2) A development in the crash that killed Lech Kaczyński; 3) Harrison Ford really needs to stop being a pilot.
3 min
284
#YesAllToilets
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Flooding in southern Colombia has claimed the lives of more than 200, things to do at Mar-a-Lago that aren’t golfing, and China’s Toilet Revolution.
1 min
285
Two Democrats Line Up Behind Gorsuch
Mike Pesca with two things you need to know, one you don't: 1) Two Democratic Senators line up behind Gorsuch; 2) The US no longer wants Assad out of power; 3) A baseball star gets a very unusual contract bonus.
2 min
286
Trump Wants to Turf the Freedom Caucus
Chris Berube with two things you need to know, one you don't: 1) Trump's plans to turf the Freedom Caucus; 2) SpaceX wants to re-use some rockets; 3) A creative, definitely fraudulent way to sell your screenplay.
2 min
287
Donald Trump Can't Throw a Baseball
Chris Berube with two things you need to know, one thing you don't: 1) The consequences of Brexit; 2) No, Ryan Zinke doesn't want to actually build the wall IN Mexico; 3) Donald Trump does not want to throw a baseball
2 min
288
Yeah, Canada's Pretty Chill
Chris Berube with two things you need to know, and one you don't: 1) Trump's border wall hits a funding snag; 2) Canada has something special planned for 4/20; 3) Tim Tebow doesn't have a prayer of playing major league baseball
2 min
289
Rebuild Society Like No One is Watching
Chris Berube with two thing you need to know, and one you don't: 1) Trump hands Merkel a NATO bill; 2) Marine Le Pen's party is out of funds in France; 3) A Scottish reality show manages to be worse than American reality shows.
2 min
290
Stick Around, He’ll Be Right Back
Mary Wilson with today’s rundown: Byrd play on the Hill, Mubarak is released from prison, and Seth Meyers accuses the president of IP theft.
1 min
291
Sir, That’s Not Your Department
Mike Pesca with today’s rundown: A dual U.S.-Israeli citizen has been arrested for allegedly threatening JCCs in the U.S., a former Russian MP was shot dead in Ukraine, & Energy Secretary Rick Perry moonlights as dean of students at Texas A&M.
1 min
292
Flying With Rex Tillerson
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: 1) The IJR’s story on Rex Tillerson gives the secretary of state the “perhaps” treatment, 2) Mexico warns businesses to stay out of border-wall bids, and 3) One snake on a plane.
2 min
293
Who was Charles Kirbo?
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: 1) A matter of ethics, 2) Holy, polluted rivers, and 3) Mrs. Spicer gets no comment.
2 min
294
Someone to Watch the Alligators
Mary Wilson has today’s three things: 1) President Trump’s eyes and ears, 2) More protesters arrested in Belarus over opposition to the “parasite tax” 3) Need TP? Say cheese.
2 min
295
Flesh-Eating Maggot News
Mike Pesca with two things you need to know, one thing you don't: 1) The White House is sticking by it's wiretapping claims; 2) California wants ICE agents to stop identifying themselves as police; 3) Flesh-eating maggot news.
2 min
296
A Cure for March Madness
Mike Pesca with two things you need to know, one you don't: 1) What's in the new Trump budget; 2) Where the wiretap accusation came from; 3) An erotic raccoon video goes viral; BONUS: Mike's Final Four picks.
2 min
297
They're Spying With Your Sex Toys
Chris Berube with two things you need to know, one thing you don't: 1) Donald Trump tries to roll back Obama's auto emissions standards; 2) An app-enabled vibrator is collecting your information; 3) South Korea's president is a terrible person.
2 min
298
John Barron and Wayne Tracker Are Friends
Chris Berube with two things you need to know, one thing you don't: 1) Scotland is trying to leave the UK again; 2) Rex Tillerson's alter ego; 3) Willem Dafoe, noted favorite of children everywhere
2 min
299
Disrupting the Podcast Space, Uber Style
Chris Berube with two things you need to know, one thing you don't: 1) The White House has a lot of empty desks; 2) Muhammed Ali Jr is detained again; 3) Uber disrupts the podcast space in a very Uber way
2 min
300
Tom Brady’s Meal Plan
Mike Pesca has today’s three things: 1) South Korea’s past presidents, 2) Geert Wilders is unlikely to be Holland’s prime minister, and 3) Tom Brady’s care packages.
2 min