Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 5, 2012 3:41PM ET
First the producers of Occupy Wall Street's livestream team got arrested, and now a nasty feud over money and work ethic among the producers of The Other 99 has spilled over into the public sphere. It's been one hell of a week to broadcast the revolution.
Jan 5, 2012 1:53PM ET
As Iran makes noise about possibly closing the Hormuz strait, Israel is planning its own missile defense drill with American help, and while the U.S. ally says the drill has nothing to do with Iran's recent muscle-flexing, Iranian press outlet described it as Israel trying to start a war.
Jan 5, 2012 11:00AM ET
President Barack Obama spoke about the defense cuts announced Thursday, reiterated "strengthening our presence in the Asia Pacific while Defense Secretary Panetta spoke about our smaller, leaner force.
Jan 5, 2012 10:59AM ET
Syrian state television announced Thursday that the government had released 500 prisoners as part of the Arab League's plan to end the crisis, but activists there say it's covering up ongoing human rights violations, including torture chambers.
Jan 5, 2012 9:31AM ET
Prosecutors in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday demanded the death penalty for the ex-head of state and five others for allegedly shooting protesters during the February uprising in 2011.
Jan 5, 2012 8:46AM ET
Some 15,000 fewer people filed for unemployment benefits last week than the week before, bringing the total number of people claiming the benefits down to 372,000.
Jan 4, 2012 6:23PM ET
This campaign's version of Joe the Plumber appears to be an Army corporal and Ron Paul supporter named Jesse Thorsen, who has already found controversy as he's under investigation by the Army for violating protocol by campaigning in uniform.
Jan 4, 2012 2:49PM ET
Some of the six people arrested on Tuesday for violating a New York City order to vacate a building where the Global Revolution live stream is produced actually live there and won't be able to return once they're released from jail, which is expected sometime Wednesday afternoon.
Jan 4, 2012 10:18AM ET
President Barack Obama plans to use an executive "nuclear option" to appoint Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, circumventing Republican opposition by making the appointment between sessions of Congress.
Jan 4, 2012 9:37AM ET
In upstate New York, the supermarket chain Wegman's was happily running commercials featuring an anecdote Alec Baldwin told about his mom on Late Night, but after just "a few dozen" customers complained, the chain pulled the ad spots.
Jan 4, 2012 8:52AM ET
Michele Bachmann, who took sixth place in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, appears to be having second thoughts about the rest of the race.
Jan 3, 2012 4:20PM ET
Occupy Wall Street is in the middle of one of its day-long marches in New York Tuesday, protesting the National Defense Authorization Act, but for those following along on the Global Revolution livestream, the real action is happening in the broadcast studio itself.
Jan 3, 2012 1:10PM ET
New York police are questioning one man in the New Year's Day firebombing attacks in Queens, but they've also released a sketch of their suspect and a video of someone throwing a Molotov cocktail at a house, just in case the public happens to know something they don't.
Jan 3, 2012 11:48AM ET
Aside from the field of blue-tarp-covered tents and the People's Library, one of the most iconic images of Occupy Wall Street's Zuccotti Park encampment was the WikiLeaks truck that kept a near-constant vigil across the street. Now the truck's up for auction.
Jan 3, 2012 11:18AM ET
The relatives of 9/11 victims who believe an investigator working for Rupert Murdoch's News International accessed their phones in the days following the 2001 terrorist attacks are getting really frustrated that the F.B.I. won't tell them whether their numbers are on a list Scotland Yard seized from that investigator.
Jan 3, 2012 10:03AM ET
Iran's vague threat against a U.S. aircraft carrier seems pretty empty, coming as it does after the ship already left the Persian Gulf, but it's the most aggressive language yet from the increasingly isolated republic.
Jan 3, 2012 9:07AM ET
It's got all the hallmarks of a Sherlock Holmes book: A body found in a remote woodland, a connection to the halls of power, a small pastoral community shocked by the ghoulish discovery.
Jan 2, 2012 6:43PM ET
For Charlie Trotter, 2011 wasn't a great year for press coverage (it's hard to brush off The New York Times declaring you "a leader left behind"), but now that he's announced his eponymous Chicago restaurant will close, it's time for the plaudits to roll in.
Jan 2, 2012 2:45PM ET
On New Year's Eve, demonstrators briefly removed the police barricades surrounding Zuccotti Park, but since the cops re-assumed control of the space it's been completely closed to the public.
Jan 2, 2012 12:46PM ET
The annual parade of gigantic floats made out of flowers just got underway in Pasadena, and this year's Tournament of Roses has an added contingent from the Occupy movement tagging along at its tail, as well an extra audience of occupiers watching from home.
Jan 2, 2012 11:01AM ET
Syria's military has complied with some parts of an Arab League plan to stop a government crackdown on protesters, having withdrawn its heavy weapons from cities and freed prisoners, but it's still shooting people, Arab League officials said.
Jan 2, 2012 9:40AM ET
A series of arson attacks in Queens on Sunday night used Molotov cocktails made from Starbucks bottles to target Muslims, police said.
Jan 2, 2012 8:58AM ET
A French-Algerian journalist who was found strangled by an electrical cord in a hotel room in the Yemeni Capital of Sanaa had been missing for four days before his body was discovered on Monday.
Dec 29, 2011 4:05PM ET
Every year about this time, everybody publishes a list of hangover cures or prevention tips, or debuts some new product meant to ease the pain, as if New Year's Eve was the only time people ever drank.
But there are some scientifically proven remedies that will actually work, every day.
Dec 29, 2011 2:07PM ET
This was a great year for bad news, whether you're a crime buff, a lover of disaster porn, or just a run-of-the-mill gawker.
Dec 29, 2011 12:59PM ET
A long-shot Democratic Senate candidate hoping to unseat New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is courting the Occupy Wall Street vote, saying he embodies the movement's politics and will consult with its members daily.
Dec 29, 2011 11:28AM ET
Police in Egypt raided 17 NGO offices on Thursday, including those of two U.S.-based organizations that apparently made the list because of a Mubarack-era ban on foreign interference in local politics.
Dec 29, 2011 11:02AM ET
At least some U.S. officials say the military got 'played' when it acted on local intelligence to conduct a drone strike in Yemen last year, killing not a terrorist but a political rival of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Dec 29, 2011 9:15AM ET
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time in a month, but an average measure that economists use showed the claims continuing their downward trend of late.
Dec 29, 2011 8:41AM ET
First there was Great Leader Kim Il-sung, then Dear Leader Kim Jong-il. Now North Korea sings the mandatory praises of its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un.