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Nixed Metaphors
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: 1) A tabloid with sang-froid, 2) Are we sure carbon dioxide is bad? 3) Block that metaphor.
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Everybody Loves This Bill, Believe Me
Mike Pesca with two things you need to know, one you don't: 1) The CIA is spying on you via smart TVs; 2) Trump loves this healthcare bill, it's terrific, fantastic; 3) An icon in waffle-making has died.
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Intensities
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: 1) China warns of an arms race in its backyard, 2) We’ll see about “Invincible,” and 3) Standing Rock supporters set up camp in Washington.
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The Blitzkrieg of Women Voters
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: 1) The Trump White House looks for leak-stopping technology, 2) The questionable tactics of supporters of Liberia’s first female president, and 3) The world’s first robot lawyer.
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Rubber Duckies in Crazy Glue
Chris Berube and Wendy Zukerman with three science-y things: 1) A new use for gene therapy; 2) A new metaphor for climate change; 3) A new mammal is revealed by its beautiful "song."
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Cup of Joe vs. the Volcano
Mike Pesca with two things you need to know, one you don't: 1) Marine Le Pen loses her immunity; 2) The DHS is a little short on cash for that border wall; 3) Tom Hanks is giving the press corps a coffee machine and this news is inspiring for Mike.
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Disbar Kellyanne Conway at Your Peril
Chris Berube and Dahlia Lithwick with three things: 1) The White House sends a confusing message on the immigration order; 2) Why Trump is not calling out recent killings as "terrorism"; 3) The move to disbar Kellyanne Conway.
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Mr. Jones Goes to Washington
Chris Berube and Ben Mathis-Lilley with three things: 1) Boarder agents are searching planes now; 2) Betsy DeVos sends a troubling press release about school choice; 3) Alex Jones and InfoWars hit the mainstream.
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Bonnie and Clyde, At It Again
Chris Berube and Aisha Harris with three things about the Oscars: 1) Moonlight is the least expensive Best Picture ever; 2) What the hell happened with that envelope?; 3) Some historic firsts.
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Drink Sustainably
Mary Wilson with today’s three things: 1) China taunts President Trump, 2) Check-in at the conservative carnevale, and 3) When you want to make bad decisions, but you also want to save the planet.
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Garden Anxiety
Mike Pesca has today's three things: 1) The break-out star of this week's town halls, 2) Bad Catholics, and 3) The War on Rhododendrons.
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A Cliff of Scandal
Mary Wilson has today's three things: 1) Trump's travel ban looms over Match Day, 2) A rat at Bears Ears?, and 3) Kashmir cracks down on wedding extravagance.
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Town Bloody Halls
Mary Wilson with today's three things: 1) Duck if you see the White House counsel, 2) Marine Le Pen will not cover up, and 3) Survival tips for elected officials hosting town halls.
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Order Whatever You Want, As Long as it's Meatloaf
Chris Berube with three things: 1) The high cost of a billionaire president; 2) German spy dolls must be stopped; 3) Trump really wants you to have the meatloaf, you're going to love it, it's fantastic.
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Senator Kid Rock
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) Cerberus joins the White House; 2) An incompetent baseball owner heads to France; 3) Senator Kid Rock from the great state of Michigan.
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No Big Deal, We're Just Taping Your Conversations
Chris Berube with three things: 1) The White House changes course on the Israel-Palestine conflict; 2) Omarosa has a run-in with a journalist; 3) Eurovision drama!
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Love is Dead in Pakistan
Chris Berube with three things: 1) When did Trump know Michael Flynn was lying?; 2) Valentine's Day is banned in Pakistan; 3) Shia LaBeouf's ill-considered art project is shut down.
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Golden Raspberry Award Winner Donald Trump
Chris Berube with three things: 1) Trump's labor secretary faces more delays; 2) The politics of Linda McMahon; 3) Trump and Mnuchin's inauspicious film careers.
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Plant Some Truffles
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) The other Conway, 2) A fine for France's Underground Railroad operator, and 3) Using the trolls as fuel.
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Puritanic at the Disco
Mary Wilson with today's three things: 1) Play it again, Bonjean, 2) Sleeping at school, and 3) Henryetta fails to save the last dance.
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Spicer Up Your Life
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) The supreme leader's scorn, 2) A hospitalized Kremlin critic is being tested for exposure to poison, and 3) Sean Spicer's manifesto.
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God's Stock
Mike Pesca has today's three things: 1) Behold, the glory of the God Index, 2) Super Bowl ratings dip for the second year in a row, and 3) Namibia cracks down on walkers.
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Kremlin Calling
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) A flap over PLAP, 2) Puerto Rico's governor approves a statehood referendum, and 3) The Kremlin calls on Fox News to apologize.
1 min
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The Massacre That Wasn't
Chris Berube with three things: 1) An update on the Betsy DeVos confirmation fight; 2) Why does everyone believe there was a nonexistent massacre in Kentucky?; 3) Broadway gets topical.
2 min
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Wait, We Have a Refugee Deal with Australia?
Chris Berube with three things: 1) Why is Donald Trump mad at the Australian PM?; 2) 76 protestors arrested at Standing Rock; 3) Don't make predictions in Sri Lanka.
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Ain't No Stopping Us Now
Chris Berube with three things: 1) Senate Republicans clear the way for Trump nominees; 2) Rodrigo Duterte pulls back in the war on drugs; 3) An iconic American brand changes course.
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Wait, Can They Really Do That?
Chris Berube with three things: 1) Steve Bannon joins the National Security Council; 2) Fox News falsely claims an attack is Islamic terrorism; 3) Plastic fur is murder.
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After the Ban
Chris Berube with three things to know: 1) Logan Airport is the best place for refugees; 2) Though Canada actually can't accept them; 3) Who's going to the Oscars, travel ban edition.
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Blink the Lights
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) Evaluating the potential import of President Trump's first executive actions, 2) Norms in the news, and 3) Those pranksters at Fox and Friends.
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Get Me Legal
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) The State Department brain trust gets a lobotomy, 2) President Trump's orders haven't been reviewed for legality, & 3) The Mook-Lewandowski odd couple is not coming to town, after all.
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Our Democracy Just Got Demoted
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) Investigating voter fraud, 2) The U.S. falls prey to the "democracy recession," and 3) The Department of Defense joins the rogue ranks on Twitter.
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Unlawful Assembly
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) President Trump backs off from his deportation promise, 2) State lawmakers tee up measures to criminalize protesting, and 3) Primates face an existential crisis.
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"Act Normal or Go Away"
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) U.S. ethics lawyers are suing President Donald Trump, 2) The Dutch prime minister's message to immigrants & xenophobes alike, and 3) Gambia's former president's curious U-Haul.
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Here We Go
Mike Pesca with three things about the new President: 1) He is being investigated!; 2) He is violating conflict-of-interest laws!; 3) He has created some new jobs already! Or maybe not.
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So That's What the Energy Department Does!
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) Steve Mnuchin faces the Senate; 2) Rick Perry finally discovers what the Energy Department does; 3) A video store adapts to the modern age.
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Grizzly Bear High School
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) People hate Obamacare, or they want a lot more of it; 2) Betsy DeVos is afraid of bears; 3) An update from Gambia.
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The End of Men
Mike Pesca with Three Things: 1) The decline of men in the workplace; 2) Putin calls the dossier a fake; 3) A seafood restaurant realizes nobody listens to techno.
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Quit Parade
Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz issues a warning to an ethics watchdog, 2) South Dakota's hands-off bill fails, and 3) Whitefish, Montana won't host a Nazi parade.
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Spy Cats
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) Russia balks over U.S. forces in the Baltic region, 2) Lebanon's transportation minister declares a foul emergency, and 3) A former British intelligence officer goes off the grid.
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Newsmageddon
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) Trump's very eventful press conference; 2) Rex Tillerson faces the Senate; 3) Chinese elevator news, because we needed a less serious story.
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Is Meryl Streep Overrated? An Investigation
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) Jeff Sessions faces a light congressional grilling; 2) A VW executive takes an ill-considered vacation; 3) Fact-checking Magic Meryl
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Republicans and Ethics, Round 2
Chris Berube with three things: 1) Trump's nominees are not ethically vetted; 2) 2016 was a very deadly year for journalists; 3) Why Bulgarian public radio is bad right now.
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Brexitting Softly
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) Scotland postpones referendum plans; 2) How deadly are peanuts, exactly?; 3) The grossest story about beef jerky ever.
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Peanut Babies Edition
Chris Berube with three things: 1) Science says you should feed your toddler peanuts; 2) A record-breaking tuna auction highlights overfishing; 3) No, "They Live" is not an alt-right allegory.
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Not Here to Make Friends
Chris Berube with two things you need to know, one you don't: 1) The fate of Obamacare; 2) China mixes Uber with 1984; 3) Omarosa joins the White House.
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You Can Own a Town
Chris Berube with today's three things: 1) Gutting and ungutting the Congressional watchdog; 2) Update on the Syrian ceasefire; 3) A useless Canadian village goes up for sale.
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Play Money
Mike Pesca has today's three things: Venezuela and India are having trouble swapping out defunct currency, and one U.K. paper is bullish on Legos.
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Just the Fox, M'am
Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) The presidential election was a boon to cable news, especially Fox News' primetime viewership, 2) Don't call it vegetarian schnitzel, and 3) An Australian beach bans beer after one too many shark alarms.
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End Corruption With One Simple Trick
Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) A North Korea defector has discomfiting news, 2) Nigeria's anti-corruption trick, and 3) Insult the president of Turkey at your own risk.
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Trump's Ichanoclast
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) Trump isn't done appointing billionaires to his administration; 2) Is Google doing enough to fight Holocaust deniers?; 3) No, John Bolton's mustache is not statesmanlike.
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Adios, Bathroom Bill
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) North Carolina considers repealing the bathroom bill; 2) Obama makes a decision on Arctic drilling; 3) What year is it in Saudi Arabia?
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What Joan Baez and Tupac Have in Common
Mike Pesca with three things: 1) The eclectic class at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; 2) Trump loves Nixon, apparently; 3) NBA stars lose their trampoline privileges.
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Sexy Beach Edition
Chris Berube has today's three things: 1) Venezuela realizes dumping their most common currency note wasn't a great idea; 2) The electoral college gathers to pick the new president; 3) That's Ambassador Pitbull, thank you very much.
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Overdetermined
Mike Pesca has today's three things: 1) Hillary Clinton points a finger at Vladimir Putin's grudge, 2) A vocabulary lesson, and 3) Someone rescued baby Jesus and the police are not amused.
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She's Here For the DNA Three-Way
Mike Pesca has today's three things: 1) A successful birth after an ovarian-tissue transplant, 2) The U.K. approves babies from three DNA-parents, and 3) Kokomo lifts its ban on pinball.
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She Puts Her Leather Pants on One Leg At a Time
Mike Pesca has today's three things: 1) Scientists rush to save climate data, 2) Philippines Rodrigo Duterte boasts of his kills, and 3) Trousergate in Great Britain.
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Spice Up That Daily Briefing
Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) Rex Tillerson has been picked by President-elect Trump for secretary of state, 2) Why Trump might be bored by his not-so-daily briefings, and 3) SantaCon may come to a city near you.
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Friends Don't Investigate Friends
Mike Pesca, host of The Gist, with today's three things: 1) U.S. senators plan a probe, 2) Twitter rescinds ban on white supremacist Richard Spencer, and 3) Seeking an emoji-translator.
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Puppygate Feels Like the Right Way to End 2016
Mike Pesca with two things you needs to know, and one you don't: 1) How a puppy took down the South Korean president; 2) Geert Wilders gets a polite scolding for hate speech; 3) Some light Christmas-themed violence.
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The Giraffes Are Missing
Mike Pesca with two things you needs to know, and one you don't: 1) The vanishing giraffe population; 2) Paris tries to slow smog; 3) Brazil's bizarre scheme to compensate wronged tourists.
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Revanche is a Dish Best Served Cold
Mike Pesca with Two Things You Need to Know and One You Don't: Two stories about Trump's Taiwan call, and scientific confirmation that vinyl sounds better.
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Electors Unbound
Mike Pesca with two things you needs to know, and one you don't: 1) Michael T. Flynn's conspiracy loving son has a transition email address; 2) A Texas elector comes out against Trump; 3) An alt-right TV sketch show meets its end.
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Remember Gitmo?
Mike Pesca with three things: two stories from the emptying U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, and a fraudulent American embassy is finally closed.
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Fête the Rich
Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) Chicago's murder rate, 2) America's rich getting richer, 3) The putting green stays!
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A Meaty Selection
Mike Pesca has today's three things: 1) The Eurozone's jobless rate, 2) He created the Bic Mac and all he got was a plaque, and 3) Vegans flip over five pounds.
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Rich Guy Edition
Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) The Forbes 500 cabinet, 2) Fiat heir goes on a tear, and 3) The Florida man who faked his own death will pay for the Coast Guard's search & rescue effort.
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The Mounk-Foa Theory
Mary Wilson fills in for Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) The 11 victims of the OSU attack are expected to survive, 2) What the Mounk-Foa formula shows about the U.S., and 3) Do we have another "largest object" category for Guinness?
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What You Missed At the Buzkashi Game
Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) Afghanistan's veep kidnapped his rival at a buzkashi game, 2) Protesters denounce the Rasputin of South Korea, 3) Japan has melted an ice rink festooned with dead fish.
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A Trump Critic Inside the UN
Mike Pesca with Two Things You Need to Know and One You Don't: Nikki Haley heads to the United Nations, the biggest fear of the Obama Administration, and the real origins of Thanksgiving.
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Actually, You Know What, Don't Lock Her Up, It'...
Mike Pesca with Two Things You Need to Know and One You Don't: Trump vs. the media, Hillary's off the hook, and turmoil in the world of US soccer.
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Trump's Big Plans
Mike Pesca with Two Things You Need to Know and One You Don't: Donald Trump's plans for the civil service, infrastructure, and the inauguration.
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Who You Calling Abusive?
The Gist host Mike Pesca with your three things: President-elect Donald Trump's picks for national security adviser and attorney general, and a dogged poop-scooper in Pennsylvania.
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The Teutonic Edition
Three things spotted by Mike Pesca, host of The Gist: 1) German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conditional comments to President-elect Donald Trump, 2) Austria's run-off presidential election, and 3) Cracking down on fake diplomas.
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Permission Structure
Mike Pesca with today's three things: 1) President Obama gives President-elect Trump room to act normally, 2) Rudy Giuliani's questionable endorsements, and 3) Tony Romo concedes the job of quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
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The Emoluments Clause
Mike Pesca has three things you should know: 1) the word 'emolument,' 2) the trouble with blind trusts, and 3) while we do a post-mortem on presidential election polls, the Pols are doing a post-mortem on their former president.
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Mike Pesca and Three Things You Should Know
1) Of course Steve Bannon was named as a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, 2) On Obamacare changes, listen to how Republicans talk about community rates, and 3) A California law has consequences on your IMDB-assisted sleuthing.
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New 90 Seconds with Slate Coming November 14th!
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Lives That Matter
Jamelle Bouie talks about why SNL’s Black Jeopardy sketch, with Tom Hanks as Doug the Trump supporter, is a potent commentary on race in America.
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Baldwin's Trump
Dan Kois on Willa Paskin on Alec Baldwin on Donald Trump
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The Phone Explosion
Will Oremus on the unsustainable hype cycle of the smartphone industry.
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The Man Who Skewed the Poll
Osita Nwavenu on the one man whose absence from a Trump-friendly Los Angeles Times poll gave Hillary Clinton the lead. At least for this week.
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A Troublesome Selfie
Christina Cauterucci discusses the case against an Iowa teen who may be facing child pornography charges for texting a non-sexual, non-nude selfie to her friend.
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Walls Work
Ben Mathis-Lilley on the anniversary of the worst political tweet ever tweeted
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America Isn't Actually Going Downhill
Slate's Jacob Weisberg on how Hillary could seize a sunny message.
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Who Actually Writes Music Memoirs?
Springsteen wrote his. Slate's Jack Hamilton on who else actually set words to paper.
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The Joy of Jose Fernandez and Arnold Palmer
Hang Up and Listen's Stefan Fatsis on what connected the two athletes.
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How to Beat Trump in a Debate
Jim Newell on the three things Hillary Clinton must do to defeat Donald Trump in their first debate.
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Brangelexit
Slate News Director Allison Benedikt on the breakup of America's parents.
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Amnio Made Easier
Christina Cauterucci on developments that could have completely changed the plot of Bridget Jones' Baby.
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Panic in Washington
A fan of the Washington Football Team on DC football despair.
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Is It Time to Panic?
Slate's politics writer Jim Newell on the polls' Trump bump.
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On the Trump Charities Beat
Slate's politics editor Tommy Craggs on a reporter at the Washington Post who's owning a story.
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Atlanta
Aisha Harris, Slate writer and Donald Glover lover, previews the new FX show "Atlanta."
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Apple's Big Press Event
Slate's Jacob Brogan on the awesome and dumb announcements made by the company that owns us all.
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Your September Streaming Video Guide
Slate's Dan Kois on the best movies new to Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.
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Company Wellness Programs Are Baloney
Slate's L.V. Anderson on how they shift costs to employees.
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Robo Babies!!
Mark Joseph Stern on a new study suggesting giving dolls to high schoolers doesn't actually reduce teen pregnancy.
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The Longest Bruce Springsteen Concert Ever
Laura Bennett on an epic night in New Jersey.
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Break in Case of Emergency
Dan Kois talks with Jessica Winter about writing about money in her new novel.
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What's the Best Thing About Kubo and the Two St...
Dana Stevens and Dan Kois debate the new Laika animated movie.
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