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Unpresidential Command

In a serious breach of presidential norms, President Donald Trump urged sailors attending the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford on Saturday to wade into the political fray and help lobby Congress on health care and other topics. ‘I don‘t mind getting a little hand, so call that congressman and call that senator and make sure you get it,‘ Trump said of his budget, highlighting the defense spending portion. This could have b

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A Constitutional Crisis Is Inevitable

A good ending, aspiring screenwriters have been taught for generations, should be ‘surprising yet inevitable.‘ If everyone sees the ending coming from a mile away, there is no suspense. If the ending seems arbitrary, or runs counter to the grain of the story and the character arc of its protagonists, it undermines the suspension of disbelief. Only when the ending is surprising enough to feel fresh, yet inevitable enough to reveal the

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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Mallory Ortberg takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words).Submit your questions or responses to previous questions below:

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Lessons on Flatulence From a Fart Artist

The following is excerpted from Caesar‘s Last Breath, by Sam Kean. Copyright 2017 by Sam Kean. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company.

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iPhone Gamers, Brace Yourselves for the App-ocalypse

If you‘re an iPhone user still addicted to Flappy Bird, be ready to experience withdrawal symptoms.

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Shifting Current

Each week, Roads Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit its online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter.

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The Killer Nurse

It may be the most Canadian police interrogation ever captured on video. A middle-aged woman in sensible slacks sits quietly with her hands on her thighs and a pink purse on the table beside her. She‘s waiting to confess. ‘Sorry about that,‘ a detective says when he finally joins her. ‘Too many people moving and shaking around here, and you can‘t really keep track of who‘s doing what ‘

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The Invisible Segregation of Diverse Neighborhoods

Growing up, I never knew that my neighborhood was profoundly unusual. My parents and I are white, but many of our neighbors were black. If you zoomed out to the municipal level, our town was majorityblack American for most of my childhood. But it retained a significant white minority as well. In 1980s America, that wasn‘t normal at all.

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There‘s Too Much Pine Tar

On this day in 1983, baseball player George Brett protested an umpire‘s decision to overturn his homerun in one of the most animated outbursts in sporting history. You may use the comment thread on this page to remember what became known as the Pine Tar Incident, or to pursue other points of freewheeling, off-topic discussion.

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How Does a Barbecue Chef Work?

On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We‘re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city‘s complex history as they work to create its future.

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Kyrie Irving Is a Mad Genius

Kyrie Irving is a man of remarkable talent. His handles are nonpareil and his ability to finish at the rim around, amongst, under, and betwixt defenders is breathtaking in the most literal sense-you gasp and hold the oxygen inside your lungs until you see the slow-motion replay or turn blue, whichever comes first. He‘s part yo-yo champ, part contortionist, an offensive whiz kid who plays three-card Monte with a basketball. He also might be

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