Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 19, 2012 2:50PM ET
Remember how the guy who owns the WikiLeaks truck was going to sell it and use the money to start building a whole fleet of WikiLeaks vehicles? Well, the eBay sale ended last week and all the bidders backed out at the last minute, so that never happened.
Jan 19, 2012 12:31PM ET
The handling of the Costa Concordia wreck was botched from the very start, it seems, as a newly leaked recording shows somebody on the ship reporting its collision with a rock as merely a blackout.
Jan 19, 2012 10:33AM ET
A rich, generous history buff says he'll pony up the $7.5 million needed to fix the earthquake damage to the Washington Monument.
Jan 19, 2012 9:06AM ET
The weekly measure of those applying for unemployment benefits is back to a steady decline, dropping 50,000 last week to 352,000 — its lowest level since April 2008.
Jan 19, 2012 8:51AM ET
After months of testimony and legal wrangling, Rupert Murdoch's News International decided on Thursday to go ahead and settle 36 high-profile phone-hacking cases at once, getting the attendant publicity out of the way in one swoop.
Jan 18, 2012 5:51PM ET
The captain of that Italian cruise ship that ran aground over the weekend is in serious trouble, and while he's made one of the lamest excuses we've ever heard, there are some perfectly good ones out there.
Jan 18, 2012 12:02PM ET
Just about every financial measure shot up on Wednesday's news that the International Monetary Fund was looking for an extra half a trillion dollars to lend to its members in need.
Jan 18, 2012 11:41AM ET
The U.S. State Department has recommended that the president reject a pipeline proposed from Canada to Texas, and the White House has agreed.
Jan 18, 2012 10:27AM ET
Anne Sinclair has been named editor of the Huffington Post's French franchise, and though she's an experienced journalist, a lot of her French colleagues think she gave up that mantle when she defended her husband, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, last year.
Jan 18, 2012 9:47AM ET
The captain of the wrecked Italian cruise liner explained that he wound up abandoning the ship by accident because he tripped and fell into a life boat.
Jan 17, 2012 4:13PM ET
National Park Police will have a much harder time forcing out protesters camped in McPherson Square now that activists attracted by Tuesday's big rally have swelled the encampment's ranks.
Jan 17, 2012 1:57PM ET
After an earlier standoff with police, Occupy protesters have taken their demonstration inside the House of Representatives office buildings, where they tried to reach representatives directly, with varying success.
Jan 17, 2012 12:51PM ET
Mitt Romney just can't get on the same page as working people, as his latest revelation of his taxes showed he's paying a lower tax rate than many workers because he lives primarily on income from investments not paychecks.
Jan 17, 2012 11:10AM ET
They've never met, but Kim Jong Un's brother, who lives a life of exile in Macau, thinks the new leader of North Korea is too inexperienced and will wind up the victim of a military coup. And that may be a sign of hope for North Korea.
Jan 17, 2012 10:12AM ET
The person arrested for a spate of anti-Semitic graffiti in New York is apparently just mad about a business dispute and not on a hate campaign against Jews; in fact, he's Jewish.
Jan 17, 2012 9:21AM ET
Occupy Wall Street's money troubles are taking their toll on the group's activity, as it voted on Saturday to stop funding any new projects from its dwindling supply of donated funds, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Jan 16, 2012 3:57PM ET
Keith Olbermann and Piers Morgan snapped at one another on Twitter Monday, but they don't seem to have the energy for a complete spat.
Jan 16, 2012 2:06PM ET
Further contributing to the notion that owners and management are no friend to journalists at the Tribune company, the Chicago Tribune has announced a new round of voluntary buyouts in its newsroom.
Jan 16, 2012 12:19PM ET
Honestly, it's hard to blame Ron Paul for flying first class a lot as a congressman, even if it does seem to conflict with his image as the only serious deficit hawk in the Republican primary race.
Jan 16, 2012 10:57AM ET
Jon Huntsman just announced he's dropping out of the Republican primary and says he wants the Republican party to "unite around the candidate best equipped to beat Barack Obama," who he believes is Mitt Romney.
Jan 16, 2012 10:51AM ET
Iran has apparently made arrests in last week's bomb assassination of a nuclear scientist there, but while it's said Israel was to blame for the attack, it hasn't said whether the people it's now questioning are actually from Israel or connected to it.
Jan 16, 2012 9:46AM ET
That might be good advice for all Amazon customers, as the online retail giant owns the shoe site, which announced over the weekend that it got hacked pretty badly.
Jan 16, 2012 9:03AM ET
Politician earmarks budget items, gets campaign contributions from recipients: It's not exactly a groundbreaking scoop, but the news in this case is that the politician is Rick Santorum, who The New York Times points out has tried to style himself as a reformer.
Jan 13, 2012 5:09PM ET
Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wants one of the city's two Occupy encampments to leave, but while he's got no problem with another nearby, the campers themselves don't really want to mingle.
Jan 13, 2012 1:09PM ET
Apple released a complete list of its suppliers for the first time on Friday, saying some of the 156 companies with which it contracts don't adhere to its standards for labor or environmental practices, including a ban on child labor.
Jan 13, 2012 12:37PM ET
Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national who confessed to killing a 21-year-old Peruvian woman five years after the disappearance of Natalie Holloway he's suspected of killing, has received a 28-year prison sentence from a Peruvian court.
Jan 13, 2012 12:06PM ET
A company organizational chart revealed to a New York Times employee that the people who once reported to ex-CEO Janet Robinson now report directly to Michael Golden, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s cousin who's rumored to be up for Robinson's job, according to Jim Romenesko.
Jan 13, 2012 10:44AM ET
President Barack Obama wants to trim down the size of the federal government, and he asked Congress on Friday to give him the power to do it quickly.
Jan 13, 2012 10:43AM ET
Everybody knows Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation made a mistake buying Myspace, and now Murdoch himself has copped to the bad judgment on Twitter, one of the new breed of social media platforms that arose from Myspace's obsolete bag of emoticons. Oh, the irony!
Jan 13, 2012 9:28AM ET
It turns out the people in charge of running the U.S. economy thought, in 2006, that the housing market (which was faltering even then) was going to be just fine and wouldn't affect the rest of the economy at all.