Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 7, 2012 8:46AM ET
He may still find super PACs distasteful, but Barack Obama and his campaign have decided to throw their support behind Priorities USA, one that's been fund-raising on his behalf.
Feb 6, 2012 5:37PM ET
New York's Midtown denizens constantly gripe about the inter-city bus companies that use Manhattan's curbs as loading zones, and on Monday it turned out their complaints were legitimate as at least one company's coaches were too heavy for city streets.
Feb 6, 2012 5:18PM ET
After the weekend's crackdown on camping at Occupy D.C., the final high-profile Occupy encampment in the country has been reduced to a tiny collection of tents.
Feb 6, 2012 12:51PM ET
Facebook and Google are leading the way for online companies in India to remove content deemed religiously or politically offensive, after a court there threatened a large-scale crackdown if they didn't comply.
Feb 6, 2012 11:19AM ET
The Simpsons have now joined Barbie as targets of an Iranian crackdown, putting one of the iconic blonde doll's biggest critics on the same blacklist as her.
Feb 6, 2012 10:50AM ET
A new executive order the president just signed puts a hold on all Iranian assets in the United States, including those of the country's central bank, that blocks them from export, transfer, or anything else, as part of a new round of sanctions by the government.
Feb 6, 2012 10:25AM ET
Perhaps worried Norway had momentarily forgotten about how much it hated him, Anders Breivik put on a show of being a hero in his court appearance Monday, demanding a medal and saying he acted to prevent "cultural destruction."
Feb 6, 2012 9:40AM ET
Ron Paul gets well-deserved credit for consistently holding to the same ideals he's always touted, and as Monday's profile of the candidate in The New York Times shows, he's been a vocal fan of fiscal responsibility and the gold standard ever since he was a kid.
Feb 6, 2012 9:15AM ET
The U.S. has closed its embassy in Damascus and recalled its diplomatic staff, including Ambassador Robert Ford, out of concern that the Syrian government couldn't protect the workers amid unrest.
Feb 6, 2012 9:03AM ET
The C.I.A.'s policy of silence around its drone program has really gotten in the agency's way as it tries to defend against a scathing new investigative report that found U.S. drones target rescuers and funerals in Pakistan.
Feb 3, 2012 4:40PM ET
On Friday, hackers under the banner Anonymous released three years' worth of emails from the law firm representing a marine convicted in the 2005 Haditha massacre in Iraq, which presents a fresh question of how anybody will ever find anything worthwhile in all that.
Feb 3, 2012 1:03PM ET
Jack Abramoff's transformation from corrupt lobbyist to anti-corruption evangelist is complete.
Feb 3, 2012 11:40AM ET
The Susan G. Komen foundation has reversed its position on Planned Parenthood, and will continue funding the organization after all, issuing a statement that apologizes "for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives."
Feb 3, 2012 10:17AM ET
The hackers at Anonymous promised a big release of hacked information on Friday, and they're doing it, starting with a confidential call among FBI agents investigating Anonymous and most recently releasing correspondence from the lawyers of a marine convicted in the Haditha massacre.
Feb 3, 2012 9:30AM ET
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would ban insider trading by lawmakers and those in the White House (as requested by President Barack Obama), and now it'll go to the House of Representatives, which is reportedly "wasting no time" in addressing it.
Feb 3, 2012 8:38AM ET
The unemployment rate posted another decline in January, dropping to 8.3 percent from 8.5 as the U.S. economy added 243,000 jobs.
Feb 3, 2012 8:23AM ET
Two American tourists have been kidnapped in Egypt, along with their guide, when they were held up in their minivan near a Red Sea resort on Friday.
Feb 2, 2012 6:52PM ET
It was perhaps the most unscientific test ever, but an Occupy D.C. protester who's gone without sleep for nearly 80 hours is mostly sane -- though a bit bipolar -- according to some questionnaires we found on the Internet.
Feb 2, 2012 4:07PM ET
Bashar al Assad's best bet for leaving Syria before he gets killed by angry citizenry like Col. Muammar Qaddafi looks like exile, but finding somewhere for him to go may be tricky.
Feb 2, 2012 12:33PM ET
If what an Israeli minister said Thursday is true, Iran came close to developing a missile that could hit the United States before the facility developing it got destroyed in an explosion last November.
Feb 2, 2012 11:41AM ET
When Reddit likes something, it gets really really liked. After someone posted a photo of a Kenyan orphanage worker who took a machete to the face while fending off the thieves, the Associated Press reports the site raised $80,000 in less than a week for the orphanage.
Feb 2, 2012 10:17AM ET
As the political circus that is the GOP primary heads to Las Vegas, Donald Trump has also arrived in Sin City, with some reporting he's going to endorse Newt Gingrich and others saying he's betting on Mitt Romney.
Feb 2, 2012 9:15AM ET
A Cessna pilot in Mexico appeared so calm while landing a plane without its propeller that we watched the whole video of his miraculous save and could only identify the disaster point by the change in engine sound.
Feb 2, 2012 8:42AM ET
This week's unemployment claims report certainly looks hopeful: The number of people applying for benefits fell 12,000 to 367,000 after last week's slight uptick to 379,000, the Department of Labor reports.
Feb 1, 2012 7:33PM ET
We can't predict the future, but we can take an educated guess: Tickets (not reservations) to Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas's El Bulli-themed menu at Next in Chicago are going to be one of the hottest commodities in the food world this year.
Feb 1, 2012 3:25PM ET
New York Police officers continue to interfere with photographers and reporters trying to cover news, and a New York Times photographer who was prevented from shooting an arrest at an Occupy Wall Street rally last weekend said police had reason to hide their actions from the press.
Feb 1, 2012 12:31PM ET
If they ever make a movie out of Newt Gingrich's life (we'll leave you to speculate on how likely that is), the Republican presidential candidate wants Brad Pitt to play him, TMZ reports.
Feb 1, 2012 11:56AM ET
The prime minister of Pakistan had quite the scare last October, and he's now ready to talk about it.
Feb 1, 2012 10:40AM ET
If Mitt Romney's proposed "self-deportation" for illegals seems like some kind of political joke taken too far, that's because it kind of is.
Feb 1, 2012 10:03AM ET
Yahoo's hiring of Oliver Knox as its first White House correspondent points to the company's growing aspirations as a producer of original news content beyond the massive aggregation system it already has in place.