Today's Five Best Columns
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Aug 31, 2012 3:29PM ET
Even before Russian police cracked the case it seemed fairly obvious that the words "Free Pussy Riot" scrawled across the wall at a double murder scene in Kazan were there as a diversion, not an actual political statement.
Aug 31, 2012 2:06PM ET
If you can get past the novelty of the fact that Canada has strategic maple syrup reserve, and the "sticky fingers" jokes leading every single news story about it, the heist in which $30 million of maple syrup was stolen from a warehouse is actually pretty serious.
Aug 31, 2012 1:03PM ET
When the rumors started swirling that Anne Sinclair was planning to leave her then-husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn it didn't come as any surprise, nor could we blame her, and now that she's talking openly about their split, she sounds like she's doing well.
Aug 31, 2012 12:00PM ET
Lots of people hated Niall Ferguson's "Hit the Road Barack" cover story for the August 27 Newsweek, but we learned on Friday it also sold a bundle, so we're getting ready for more front-page trolling from the weekly.
Aug 31, 2012 9:49AM ET
The report by a United Nations watchdog on Friday that North Korea had made "significant progress" on a new nuclear reactor apparently delighted North Korea, which boasted it would expand its nuclear capabilities "far beyond US imagination."
Aug 31, 2012 9:35AM ET
A strong earthquake that hit off the east coast of the Philippines Friday sparked tsunami warnings for much of the Pacific, including Hawaii, but fortunately that's been lifted.
Aug 30, 2012 6:09PM ET
This is one of those times when having an embassy in Damascus would be helpful: Americans are working with Czech diplomats to confirm the status of Austin Tice, the freelance journalist missing in Syria since mid-August, and at least it now appears he's alive.
Aug 30, 2012 5:52PM ET
It hasn't yet been confirmed, but all signs point to a suicide in the death of influential hip-hop manager Chris Lighty, who managed 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Missy Elliot, Mariah Carey, and Diddy.
Aug 30, 2012 5:00PM ET
Under a new law meant to protect kids from on-screen violence, Russian authorities are going to start censoring television shows, including cutting out the fictional kids' show Itchy and Scratchy from episodes of The Simpsons.
Aug 30, 2012 4:03PM ET
The interesting thing about Harvard's big plagiarism scandal, which broke Thursday, is that all 125 students involved came from the same course, and the hilarious thing is that that course was apparently "Introduction to Congress."
Aug 30, 2012 3:00PM ET
The latest "declaration of war" from Anonymous is only notable because of its target, The New York Times, but it's devoid of any specific threat, save to one reporter who sounds like he'll be collateral damage.
Aug 30, 2012 1:47PM ET
The measured reaction by Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who had peanuts thrown at her at the Republican National Convention, is so depressing because she's not even surprised about the incident, which happened on Tuesday night.
Aug 30, 2012 12:29PM ET
Just when we thought Tropical Storm Isaac was going to dissipate peacefully into much-needed rain for the central United States, news broke on Thursday that a dam was failing and 50,000 people would be evacuated on the Louisiana-Mississippi border.
Aug 30, 2012 11:55AM ET
The actual news value of James Holmes' rejected University of Iowa application is questionable, but one thing it does provide is the first real look at the writing of the man accused of opening fire on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and that's fascinating.
Aug 30, 2012 9:17AM ET
After Rupert Murdoch threw his News of the World legal chief under the bus during his testimony to the Leveson Inquiry, police in London arrested that lawyer this morning, the 25th arrest in the phone-hacking scandal.
Aug 29, 2012 4:50PM ET
It's getting harder and harder to come up with new, romantic venues for surprise public marriage proposals, and while popping the question during sound-check at the Republican National Convention certainly counts as novel, it's hardly romantic.
Aug 29, 2012 4:32PM ET
President Barack Obama, who has experimented in the past with open forum public question sessions with varied success, is doing an AMA on Reddit, starting right now.
Aug 29, 2012 2:38PM ET
The irony of ABC News' report that Mitt Romney's campaign held a Tampa fundraiser on a Cayman Island-flagged yacht was absolutely delicious, but it couldn't be that simple.
Aug 29, 2012 12:51PM ET
Anyone clicking on the homepage of the Tampa Bay Times today will find the newspaper's coverage of the Republican National convention nearly entirely squeezed out by two opposing ads, one paid for by Obama Victory Fund 2012 and the other by Romney Victory, Inc.
Aug 29, 2012 12:33PM ET
Matt Taibbi is hardly the first to compare Mitt Romney to Gordon Gekko, and he's not the first to argue that Bain Capital's corporate takeovers were insidious, but he goes further in his latest long-form Rolling Stone takedown by connecting Romney's uncompromising pursuit of profit at Bain with his changing political stances.
Aug 29, 2012 12:00PM ET
The storm known as Isaac has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but it remains stalled over the Gulf Coast, hitting the area with high winds and heavy rains. Keep checking here for live updates on the storm all day long.
Aug 29, 2012 10:49AM ET
As if we needed more racism in politics these days, a South Carolina lawmaker admitted in court on Tuesday that he had replied "amen" to a supporter's not-at-all subtle email comparing black people to "a swarm of bees going after a watermelon."
Aug 29, 2012 10:00AM ET
Vogue's September issue is so legendary they made a movie about the 840-page September 2007 doorstopper and its 727 ad pages, so the fact that this year's 916-page issue includes 658 pages of ads ought to tell us something, right?
Aug 28, 2012 5:42PM ET
After John Sununu formally nominated Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee for president, the roll call is underway, and Romney has just picked up the 1,144 delegates necessary to secure the party's nomination, with New Jersey putting him over the top.
Aug 28, 2012 3:33PM ET
Hiring Sally Singer away from Vogue was a big coup for The New York Times' T Magazine in 2010, so it must be disappointing to have hear leaving so suddenly, as was announced on Tuesday.
Aug 28, 2012 2:29PM ET
An Al-Jazeera documentary suggesting that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was killed by radioactive polonium was enough for French authorities to open a murder investigation after the late Palestinian leader's family requested one last month.
Aug 28, 2012 12:46PM ET
In an example of the kind of cooperation with sources a New York Times editor encouraged reporters to "push back" against earlier this summer, Times reporter Mark Mazzetti shared a Maureen Dowd column with the CIA to assuage concerns before its publication.
Aug 28, 2012 11:52AM ET
Being the president of Russia sounds awesome: Not only do you get to blow off boring state meetings to go for drinks with your biker buddies, but the perks include four yachts and 43 planes, one with a $75,000 toilet.
Aug 28, 2012 10:05AM ET
Confusion still reigns over Friday's shooting of a U.S. embassy vehicle in Mexico, and while authorities figure out what happened, they're keeping the 12 Mexican federal police officers involved in custody.
Aug 28, 2012 9:32AM ET
Malcolm Browne, the journalist responsible for one of the most iconic images from the early days of the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 81.