Would You Pay To Read Slate?

The Webzine will face its toughest challenge as it asks readers to pony up for what it now offers free

It took a sex scandal at the White House for media star Michael Kinsley to rue the day he abandoned Washington, D.C., for the other Washington. "Until yesterday I never had a moment of regret or nostalgia," swears Kinsley, editor of Microsoft Corp.'s Slate, a Webzine of politics and culture. The day after the news broke, he longed for the days when he could have held forth from his former perch on CNN's Crossfire, or deployed The New Republic, which he once edited, to fillet the affair for the chattering classes.

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