Today's Five Best Columns
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Aug 9, 2012 2:22PM ET
The New York Times gets it, ok? It was too hard on LoLo Jones, so you can stop writing to complain now.
Aug 9, 2012 1:12PM ET
The Florida State Attorney's Office caused some havoc in newsrooms on Thursday when it released a batch of evidence in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder case, then recalled it 25 minutes later, saying it hadn't been reviewed properly.
Aug 9, 2012 11:54AM ET
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg survived cancer twice, so we already knew she was tough, but now it turns out she broke two ribs early in June and didn't even think the injury was serious enough to take time off work.
Aug 9, 2012 10:56AM ET
Whether or not there is prostitution in the Macau casinos owned by big-time GOP donor and casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson isn't the point of his lawsuit against a Jewish organization he accuses of libel.
Aug 9, 2012 9:55AM ET
Remember torture? It used to be quite the scandal here in the United States, when officials at places like Guantanamo Bay would waterboard prisoners, but you don't hear about it as much anymore. Don't you know? Waterboarding is so suburban these days.
Aug 8, 2012 5:13PM ET
News Corporation's less-than-stellar fourth quarter makes clear the company's reason for wanting to split its print and broadcast operations, as its publishing unit hemorrhaged money thanks in part to last year's News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
Aug 8, 2012 4:21PM ET
On Tuesday when Stephen Colbert exhorted his Colbert Nation to edit the Wikipedia pages of Romney's potential vice presidential choices, Wikipedia locked those pages to all but veteran editors, making the trick of counting the edits to see who's the favorite a lot more accurate.
Aug 8, 2012 2:54PM ET
The new data analysis system New York police department unveiled Monday not only monitors images from surveillance cameras, license plate scanners, and myriad other data streams citywide, in real time, it also has the power to make the NYPD money.
Aug 8, 2012 1:17PM ET
Our sister site Atlantic Cities has a great post on the way people avoid socializing on long-haul bus trips, inspired by research done by a Yale graduate student named Esther Kim who undertook arguably the most grueling doctoral thesis in the world: Riding Greyhound for two years.
Aug 8, 2012 12:30PM ET
This spring-summer season has been a big one for warm-weather records, but the news that July was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 states is the least-qualified one we've seen.
Aug 8, 2012 11:53AM ET
Wade Michael Page, the man authorities say opened fire in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after he had been shot by police, the FBI said at a press conference on Wednesday, helping to clarify a narrative that has been incomplete so far.
Aug 8, 2012 10:31AM ET
It was the specificity of the threats that made New York police lean on Twitter to turn over the identifying details of a user who said he wanted to shoot up the Longacre Theater, the location where Mike Tyson's one-man show is playing.
Aug 8, 2012 9:34AM ET
The oddest thing about Tuesday night's execution of a convicted Texas murderer with an IQ below the generally accepted competency level was the role the work of John Steinbeck played in the debate around it.
Aug 7, 2012 3:20PM ET
Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, killing six in Tucson in January 2011, is competent to stand trial, a judge found, before Loughner formally pleaded guilty to 19 counts of murder and attempted murder.
Aug 7, 2012 2:54PM ET
Technically the BBC Three documentary, tentatively titled The Batman Shootings, is set to debut one month and three days after the July 20 massacre in Aurora, but that's still very fast.
Aug 7, 2012 12:33PM ET
When Sandra Fluke became a household name after Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" for testifying in favor of requiring insurance to cover contraception, right-wing conspiracy theorists howled that she was a Democratic operative. Now she kind of is.
Aug 7, 2012 11:42AM ET
Bookmark this for a fun lunch read: Wired's Danger blog room has a lengthy, entertaining report on its wrangling with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service over an unclassified document describing a fictional laser weapon, that NCIS insists was "leaked."
Aug 7, 2012 10:46AM ET
Street stops by the New York Police Department are about as effective for women as for men—that is, they turn up very few guns—but as The New York Times illustrates in a Tuesday report, they often feel a lot more intrusive.
Aug 7, 2012 9:42AM ET
Marvin Hamlisch, the Hollywood and Broadway composer who wrote the music for The Sting and A Chorus Line, and one of only 11 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, died on Monday at age 68.
Aug 7, 2012 9:17AM ET
There are many details that came out overnight about the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, but the one that may be the most upsetting is the report of the Sikh temple leader who died while trying to defend his congregation.
Aug 6, 2012 4:10PM ET
In case you were worried you would never get to see the documentary Andrew Breitbart made about Occupy Wall Street, you can rest easy: Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner are on the case.
Aug 6, 2012 3:07PM ET
The state of New York is accusing U.K.-based Standard Chartered Bank of secretly doing business with Iran, fraudulently racking up hundreds of millions of dollars in fees, all the while dismissing an executive's pleas to straighten out with a dismissal of "you f---ing Americans."
Aug 6, 2012 1:14PM ET
If you want to censor the Internet in China, you'd better be a part of the government, or else you might get arrested and then fired like the three Baidu workers accused of deleting posts for pay.
Aug 6, 2012 12:05PM ET
Judo fighter Nick Delpopolo, who was disqualified from the Olympics on Monday, said the cannabis in his system came from something he ate that he didn't know contained marijuana—an all-too-plausible excuse that makes his situation all the more disappointing.
Aug 6, 2012 10:49AM ET
After Mitt Romney's second month raising more than $100 million, President Barack Obama's total again trailed his opponent, his campaign said on Monday, revealing the president and the Democrats picked up about $75 million in July.
Aug 6, 2012 10:16AM ET
Robert Stolarik, a New York Times freelance photographer whose clashes with police became part of the narrative of Occupy Wall Street was arrested while on assignment for the paper in the Bronx over the weekend, apparently for getting too close to an arrest in progress.
Aug 6, 2012 9:10AM ET
For the second month in a row, Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million, as they announced July's total at $101.3 million on Monday, before the Obama campaign and Democrats released theirs.
Aug 3, 2012 5:09PM ET
For us, the takeaway pieces of information from The Awl's interview with Lycia Naff were that she's now a reporter and all three breasts her character sported in the original Total Recall were fakes.
Aug 3, 2012 3:29PM ET
Of the many ways people have decided to convey their opinion of Chick-fil-A following its president's decision to weigh in on gay marriage (he's against it if you hadn't heard), Friday's Same-Sex Kiss Day is at least the nicest for the employees.
Aug 3, 2012 1:57PM ET
Reuters became involved in the Syrian conflict in a way it didn't intend to on Friday, when someone hacked into its blogging site and published a fake post purporting to quote a Syrian rebel leader saying his forces were withdrawing from Aleppo.