James Madison

The racial history of the Electoral College -- and why efforts to change it have stalled

AKRON, Ohio — Rep. Emilia Sykes is mad about the country’s presidential election system and wants to change it. But on Friday, her focus turned …

Electoral College

The Worst Presidents? Look at America’s Run-up to the Civil War

Forget about our own day — Pierce, Buchanan, and Andrew Johnson mishandled the nation’s existential crisis to a staggering degree.<p>In an opinion piece …

Conservative View

Ron Paul: Let the States Decide on Gambling

The news that four Republican congressmen recently sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein demanding the federal government overturn …

Government

Go ahead, Alabama Senate, separate church and state

I dare you.

Birmingham, AL

George Will: Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task

WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: …

Immigration

Trump's 'stable genius' presidency highlights the genius of American government

Amid his maddening eccentricities, there is a deli-thin silver lining. While he clearly isn't stable, America still seems to be on track.<p>Our current lexicon is loaded with phrases that do damage to the very idea they're meant to express. If someone leans over to you and whispers "trust me," there's …

Award Shows

Trying to Explain Trump’s First Year in Office

According to developmental guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the one-year mark is a milestone for the processes of rapid assimilation of information, growing dexterity, and a dawning awareness of the nature of the surrounding world. In short, of learning. Were …

Politics

Threatening to shut down the government — who would do that? Both Democrats and Republicans

Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met — who would do that?<p>Members of both parties, it turns out. And both sides have complained loudly when the other resorted to a shutdown threat.<p>Some of the same Republicans who claim to abhor the bare-knuckle tactic now playing out …

Politics

2018 ACC football schedule: Dates set for FSU-Miami, Clemson-FSU, more

Florida State-Miami will be on Oct. 6, and the Seminoles will play Clemson on Oct. 27<p>The 2018 ACC football schedule was released on Wednesday, …

Sports

Mosley's 24 points help JMU outlast Elon 85-74 in overtime.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Stuckey Mosley scored 24 and Darius Banks added a double-double with career highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds as James Madison beat Elon 85-74 in overtime Thursday night to pick up its first conference win.<p>Matt Lewis and Ramone Snowden each scored 14 for the Dukes (5-15, …

Sports

Our Staggering Corruption: A Conversation With F.H. Buckley

<b>Allen Mendenhall:</b> Thanks for doing this interview, Frank. Your last book, <i>The Way Back</i>, addressed issues of economic inequality and the rise of the …

Conservative View

2018 NC State Football Schedule Released

<b>RALEIGH, N.C.</b> - After posting the second-highest win total in school history last season, NC State's 2018 football schedule will feature nine …

Dave Doeren

Football transfer news and rumours: 'Arsenal and Liverpool will have hard time signing Malcom'

The name of <b>Malcom</b> has become a stable of this January transfer window so far, but the likelihood of the youngster moving to the Premier League this month has taken a step back.<p>Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Bordeaux forward, while Liverpool are also said to be interested. But if the …

English Premier League

On Religious Freedom Day, pondering the gay wedding cake controversy

January 16, 2018 by Andrew Seidel<p><b>By Andrew L. Seidel</b> <b><br>Director of Strategic Response</b> <b><br>Freedom From Religion Foundation</b><p>We celebrate today as Religious …

Religion

Walt Bell will leave Maryland football to become Florida State offensive coordinator

Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell is expected to be hired in that same role at Florida State, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed Wednesday.<p>Bell, 33, who was one of Coach DJ Durkin’s first hires when he took over in College Park in 2015, will be part of the new staff of Willie …

College & University

Why marijuana legalization should be a conservative cause

CLOSE<p>Want to submit your letter to the editor? Here is how.<p>Medical cannabis is a conservative cause. Some readers may not believe it, but it is true. …

Cannabis

President Trump's first year made me rethink my American government class

In my 45th year of teaching the course, I question for the first time whether the values James Madison wrote into the Constitution will survive.<p>This week marks my 45th year teaching the introductory American Government course at Rutgers University. This is an ever changing field, and the half-life …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s Enduring Promise

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images and Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. <i>Slate is running a</i> <i>weeklong series</i><i></i> …

Racism

She left U-Conn. — and became college basketball’s leading rebounder at George Mason

It’s a 15-minute drive from Natalie Butler’s home to George Mason’s campus, making the school’s basketball facilities as familiar as the living room couch. Butler’s dad has a membership to the RAC, the school’s Recreation and Athletic Complex. She and her younger brother visited the gym dozens and …

College Basketball

Can Trump change the nation’s libel laws? Common questions answered

<b>The other day,</b> President Trump delivered an unexpected outburst about changing the nation’s libel laws. This is what he said:<p>Our current libel laws …

The Rolling Stones

Texas A&M hires Minnesota assistant HC Maurice Linguist as defensive backs coach

Jimbo Fisher has filled the last spot on his new coaching staff at Texas A&M with the hiring of Minnesota assistant head coach Maurice Linguist as …

College & University

What is Congress Good For? Not Declaring War

The framers of the U.S. Constitution decided 230 years ago to divide the nation’s war powers between the president and the Congress, making the …

Government

Gophers assistant head coach Mo Linguist leaves for Texas A&M

January 15, 2018 at 8:51 pm<p>Gophers defensive backs coach Mo Linguist is leaving to join Texas A&M’s staff, he announced Monday on Twitter.<p>Linguist …

College & University

Villanova steps up its defense, Temple freshman Nate Pierre-Louis emerges | Local college basketball roundup

A look at some storylines around the City Six college basketball scene:<p>Villanova<p>The Wildcats are starting to get their defensive legs. Last Wednesday …

College Basketball

If It Weren’t For The Constitution, America Would Be A ‘Sh-thole’ Country

<i>This article quotes vulgar language.</i><p>President Trump’s remark last week about “shithole” countries was widely decried as racist and offensive, and …

Conservative View

ESPN: The 9 Best Games For Week 1 Of The 2018 Season

Yes, it’s already time to look ahead to the 2018 season.<p>The 2017 college football season has only been gone for about a week. But, yes, it’s already …

College Football

Bush Center starts off 2018 with pair of $10 million gifts from Highland Capital, Boeing

The new year is off to a prosperous start at the <b>George W. Bush Presidential Center</b> and connected <b>George W. Bush Institute</b> in Dallas.<p><b>Highland Capital</b> …

Texas

The Return of Earmarks Won’t Solve Congressional Irresponsibility

Once members realize that their votes can be traded for earmarks, they will start to hold back their support.<p>Last week, President Donald Trump …

Conservative View

Celebrate religious freedom — the way the Founding Fathers originally intended

Christian nationalists have tried to co-opt the idea, but what Jefferson meant was something revolutionary<p>Before fake news there was fake history, and one of the most significant examples has long been the religious right’s idea that America was founded as a “Christian nation.” It’s a popular …

Culture

Meet college football’s Team of 2017 for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

These are sort of like state championships.<p>College football doesn’t have state championships. That’s a pity for America’s most regional sport, even though plenty of rivalry games have a state-title feel.<p>Absent a state playoff system like in high school sports, it’s usually impossible to crown <i>state</i> …

College Football