Today's Five Best Columns
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Aug 16, 2012 11:29AM ET
Did you hear the one about the professor who might get fired for joking about the Aurora massacre to his class, which included a student whose father was killed in the shooting?
Aug 16, 2012 10:16AM ET
The morning after a man shot a security guard in the lobby of the conservative Family Research Council, we're learning more about the suspect, who may be charged with domestic terrorism depending on his motive in the shooting.
Aug 16, 2012 9:01AM ET
It's worth a pause this morning to think about how dangerous things are for those still serving in Afghanistan, as 11 people were killed in a helicopter crash there, including seven international service members, all of whom may have been American.
Aug 15, 2012 6:00PM ET
The whole purpose for Julian Assange to seek refuge in Ecuador's London embassy is that British police can't go in there because it's considered sovereign territory, but now Ecuador says Britain is threatening a raid if it doesn't hand Assange over.
Aug 15, 2012 4:30PM ET
The most interesting thing about the story about Julian Assange's possible offer of political asylum in Ecuador is now the adventure he may have in trying to leave London, which could involve him shimmying out a window or getting smuggled in a bag.
Aug 15, 2012 12:10PM ET
A gunman opened fire at the conservative Family Research Council on Wednesday, and while police haven't officially released his name, NBC cites "two law-enforcement sources" who said he was Floyd Corkins, 28, of Herndon, Virginia.
Aug 15, 2012 11:53AM ET
Allegations of war crimes have been lurking in the background as the Syrian conflict has continued to rage on, but on Wednesday a United Nations expert panel concluded that both sides had perpetrated them—but the Syrian government's were more serious.
Aug 15, 2012 10:46AM ET
Once again, somebody hacked into Reuters blogs and posted an inflammatory, and false, story from the Middle East, this time reporting that Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal (pictured), had died. He has not.
Aug 15, 2012 10:11AM ET
It's been just more than two weeks since Jonah Lehrer quit his post at The New Yorker after it emerged that he fabricated quotes in his book Imagine, but as Buzzfeed's Ben Smith and Reyhan Harmanci report, he's still got another gig within the Condé Nast publishing empire, at his old publication, Wired.
Aug 15, 2012 9:06AM ET
The Carlyle Group's $3.3 billion purchase of Getty Images came in below the seller's target price, but it still represents the latest in a spending spree for the world's largest asset management firm.
Aug 14, 2012 5:55PM ET
Mark Thompson, the former BBC director general, has been the rumored replacement for ousted New York Times Company CEO Janet Robinson since June, and on Tuesday afternoon it was made official.
Aug 14, 2012 3:50PM ET
Ecuador's president and at least one unnamed government official walked back a report from The Guardian on Tuesday that the country would offer political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who's been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Aug 14, 2012 1:47PM ET
George Zimmerman's legal team announced on Monday night that it wouldn't argue its case under Florida's stand-your-ground law, instead pursuing a traditional self-defense argument, but that that doesn't mean his lawyers see their case as any weaker.
Aug 14, 2012 11:59AM ET
The first creatures definitively shown to have mutated following the Fukushima meltdown are pale blue grass butterflies, but it's still a long way from proving human mutation, scientists said.
Aug 14, 2012 10:56AM ET
The news of a Connecticut woman who finally extricated a $10,491 rebate from her power company after she was charged for 25 years for the electricity going to the streetlights near her house means we should all probably be checking our bills a lot more closely.
Aug 14, 2012 10:22AM ET
A burglar who allegedly broke into the late Steve Jobs' Palo Alto home and stole $60,000 worth of computer equipment had no idea of its significance, said a prosecutor who called the burglary "totally random."
Aug 14, 2012 9:32AM ET
William Sylvester, the judge presiding over the criminal case against James Holmes decided on Monday that most of the documents in his case should remain sealed, but he did release some documents, which at least provide a clue to what evidence is going to come into play.
Aug 13, 2012 2:03PM ET
At a press briefing, Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum confirmed to reporters that two people have died following the shooting in a residential neighborhood near Texas A&M: Brian Bachmann, a Brazos County Constable, and an unidentified civilian. The alleged shooter has also been reported killed.
Aug 13, 2012 1:58PM ET
Former Onion digital head Baratunde Thurston's Fast Company story of how he almost destroyed The Onion's Twitter credibility in 2008 by accidentally turning it into a spam bot is entertaining and instructive, but it also omits another questionable chapter in The Onion's Twitter history.
Aug 13, 2012 1:14PM ET
The highlight of President Barack Obama's congratulatory call to NASA's Mars rover team Monday was when the president said he wanted a mohawk too, but there was plenty more to the talk, and now that the transcript is online you can peruse it at your leisure.
Aug 13, 2012 12:51PM ET
The pirates still operating off the coast of Somalia have a relatively sophisticated PR machine, which includes spokespeople and, we learned on Monday, a form letter to victims, but the latter could use some editing.
Aug 13, 2012 12:15PM ET
Because Mitt Romney running mate Paul Ryan is such a budget hawk, you can expect the attacks on him and by him to be some of the wonkiest in a presidential election in recent memory, with Ryan's economic skills taking the spotlight.
Aug 13, 2012 12:04PM ET
The worrisome part of Sunday's big New York Times expose on TSA racial profiling at Boston's Logan Airport is that some in the agency look to be expanding their role into everyday police work, when they still can't get the hang of actually securing airports
Aug 13, 2012 9:11AM ET
A new independent report (PDF) on the police response to last summer's massacre on Utoya Island in Norway finds that the Oslo bombing, which preceded the island shooting, could have been prevented using protocols the police already had in place.
Aug 10, 2012 1:13PM ET
When Gu Kailai's murder trial ended after just seven hours on Thursday, the same-day stories still carried very few details about the crime, but now, thanks to leaks from the courtroom, we finally have a narrative, and it's juicy.
Aug 10, 2012 11:53AM ET
One way to better understand where the Romney campaign's decisions come from is to learn more about its top media strategist, Eric Fehrnstrom, who's the subject of a lengthy Huffington Post profile on Friday.
Aug 10, 2012 10:30AM ET
The latest speculation on Nevada Sen. Harry Reid's source for his charge that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for a decade is that it was Jon Huntsman Sr., a suggestion fueled by circumstantial evidence and denied by the Huntsman family, but still worth a look because, well, it kind of makes sense.
Aug 10, 2012 9:20AM ET
We haven't heard much from Anonymous stateside of late, but hacker activists operating under the banner in Australia took down some of that country's official websites on Friday, showing the now-familiar technique of disabling high-profile sites still grabs attention.
Aug 9, 2012 5:26PM ET
Offering the first hint of a defense strategy in the murder trial accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, defense attorneys said on Thursday their client was mentally ill.
Aug 9, 2012 5:10PM ET
By now you may have heard that Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the protagonist of Dave Eggers' 2009 book Zeitoun, is in jail for allegedly beating his ex-wife, but the latest addition to Zeitoun's legal troubles is even darker: He's accused of plotting her murder.