COMMENTARY: How Bucket Shops Lured the Masses Into the Stock Market
Today, more than half of American families own stock, up from about 5 percent at the turn of the 20th century. Thanks to the Internet and smartphones, investors today can place trades instantly from almost anywhere.
COMMENTARY: No Kidding, Biden Deserves Some Respect
For a 70-year-old man, Vice President Joe Biden sure spends an awful lot of time winning the Internet. No other living politician has quite the same ratio of words spoken to memes inspired.
COMMENTARY: To a Family in Iraq, I Owe a Debt I Can't Repay
I wired $1,000 to a woman in Iraq on New Year's Eve. I sent it to repay part of a debt that I, and my country, will always owe.
COMMENTARY: Debunking Nine Myths of the Gun-Control Debate
So many myths and misunderstandings about gun control, from all sides of the debate, and so little time! Here goes:
COMMENTARY: Slate's Explainer - Democracy or gerontocracy?
The House of Representatives passed an agreement to prevent across-the-board tax increases on Tuesday. A majority of House Republicans opposed the measure, which had been negotiated by the Senate on Monday. Ohio Rep. Steven LaTourette, R, told his colleagues, "We should not take a package put together by a bunch of sleep-deprived octogenarians on New Year's Eve." Are our legislators getting older?
COMMENTARY: A Doctor Sees a Hospital Fail His Mother
Back when I was training to become an emergency physician, I'd worry about the day I'd be involved in a medical error.
COMMENTARY: Did You Tip Your Mail Carrier This Year? And Do You Know Why?
Tipping at Christmas and New Year's is a long-standing American custom. We tend to give a little extra around the holidays to those who provide personal, often intimate, services — the people who deliver our mail, cut our hair, clean our houses, care for our children, and open the doors to our apartment buildings.
COMMENTARY: Excess-Profits Tax on Defense Contractors During Wartime Is Long Overdue
No one can safely predict what will happen in 2013, but here are a few things I would like to see occur when it comes to national security.
COMMENTARY: Slate - 366 Days, 366 Books
Like many of you, I have a nagging problem: I'm not a heroin user. Nor am I a knuckle-cracker, a nail-biter, or a thumb-sucker. I (usually) pay off my credit cards every month. I travel, I see my family, I'm not stressed. And the big three — drinking, dieting, and smoking cessation? I'm good.
COMMENTARY: Winners and Losers in the Fiscal-Cliff Deal
Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a deal to undo the majority of the so-called "fiscal cliff" by extending most of the Bush tax cuts while levying Clinton-era rates on households with more than $450,000 in income.
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