Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 20, 2012 2:23PM ET
There was one piece of legislation introduced on the Senate floor yesterday in response to the Newtown shootings. It came ahead of any of the legislation from Sen. Dianne Feinstein or Vice President Biden's new commission. It was about video games. Why?
Dec 20, 2012 11:15AM ET
Membership is up, they tell us. People are giving more than usual, they say. We'll be back on Friday, they promised. But what's the truth about America's most powerful interest group after the massacre in Newtown?
Dec 20, 2012 9:16AM ET
Today the country has blessed us with Pyongyang Racer, the first video game ever to come out of North Korea, and just like their satellite, it's not very good.
Dec 19, 2012 5:56PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Dec 19, 2012 5:10PM ET
The latest info from the investigation in Connecticut indicates that Nancy Lanza may have left her son alone at home before the shootings, and begins to paint a clearer picture of Adam Lanza himself.
Dec 19, 2012 4:51PM ET
You would think, after a 20-year-old with legal guns killed 20 first-graders, that the National Rifle Association wouldn't be doing too well — what with the initial outcry over its silence and the ensuing outcry over the gun lobby's brief statement late Tuesday. But you would be wrong.
Dec 19, 2012 2:56PM ET
The columnist responded to the controversy for the first time since calling the Redskins quarterback a "cornball brother" and being suspended by ESPN.
Dec 19, 2012 2:06PM ET
President Obama's highly anticipated press conference — in which he offered his strongest remarks about new gun legislation since the Newtown shootings, and officially announced a commission to be led by Vice President Biden — wasn't very interesting to the White House press pool. They wanted to talk about the fiscal cliff. Here's an anatomy of the insiders' priority shift.
Dec 19, 2012 11:35AM ET
The Anna-to-France mill has heated up again, this time by way of an "exclusive" this morning from The Hollywood Reporter's Tina Daunt.
Dec 19, 2012 10:36AM ET
What Engel and NBC didn't tell us about was missing technical support staffer Ian Rivers. We didn't know about him until NBC released a statement Wednesday morning.
Dec 19, 2012 10:03AM ET
It may be difficult to look at this many firearms at once after the Newtown shooting, but just think about it: They were all returned, in what's being called an instant gun-buyback boom, and in one of the most dangerous places in America.
Dec 19, 2012 9:17AM ET
The state news agency isn't quite as wrong as when The Onion tricked China's People's Daily into believing Kim Jong-un was the Sexiest Man Alive last month. But it doesn't seem to get the difference between Time's Obama pick and 4chan's reader-poll hack.
Dec 18, 2012 5:50PM ET
Dec 18, 2012 4:45PM ET
Four and a half days after a 20-year-old man carried legal guns into a Connecticut elementary school and killed 20 small children, the National Rifle Association spoke out on the Newtown massacre with a brief statement late Tuesday afternoon.
Dec 18, 2012 4:10PM ET
The ghost of the day before Sandy Hook — a piece of legislation with sad and provocative timing — will never come to pass. Whether it's a sign of how Republican legislators will react to Friday's school shooting, however, remains to be seen.
Dec 18, 2012 1:46PM ET
Well here's some more depressing news: adults are stocking up on backpacks lined with "carbon nanotube armor" in the wake of the Newtown massacre, and there's an entire sad micro-industry.
Dec 18, 2012 12:21PM ET
Most of the other schoolchildren of Newtown went back to class Tuesday, but one lingering question remained: where will the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary go to school now?
Dec 18, 2012 11:40AM ET
Do you hear that faint sound? It's the grumbling of conservative pundits who are now churning out a theory that Hillary Clinton is lying about her concussion to avoid having to testify about Benghazi.
Dec 18, 2012 10:30AM ET
The rogue country's successful launch last week of a "space object" quickly tumbled out of control and, well, it's spiraling somewhere over your head right now — and it might not stop floating around up there for the next several years.
Dec 18, 2012 9:18AM ET
Ignoring the will of the people — or at least the hacking collective 4chan, which hacked its online poll in favor of the North Korean Supreme Leader — Time's 2012 Person of the Year shortlist includes the usual mixed bag.
Dec 17, 2012 5:43PM ET
Dec 17, 2012 4:26PM ET
Just as an investigation went to print Monday afternoon — about how the chain is selling in large numbers the same .223-calibre Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle used to kill 20 first graders and six adults in Newtown — the big-box chain removed its big seller.
Dec 17, 2012 2:43PM ET
Over the weekend, U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps proposed to the love of his life, Ben Schock, inside the White House. Now that his bended knee is certifiably viral, we talked to Phelps about his newfound Internet fame and more.
Dec 17, 2012 12:23PM ET
The fallout from the leak of information into the Newtown funeral-protesting group made positive waves on Twitter Monday, with Westboro spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper getting her Twitter account hacked to look like a full-on decent human being.
Dec 17, 2012 10:55AM ET
In the aftermath of Friday's Newtown school shooting, we've heard tales mostly horrifying and occasionally heroic, from surviving witnesses and mourning citizens alike, but this one lies somewhere in between, all the more unshakeable.
Dec 17, 2012 9:08AM ET
People really liked what they thought were Morgan Freeman's words of wisdom on the media and its coverage of the Newtown shooting. The question now: Will they still like them knowing that Freeman didn't actually say them?
Dec 14, 2012 1:06PM ET
In the latest of its problems with sports and race on TV, ESPN has suspended commentator Rob Parker for calling Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a "cornball brother."
Dec 14, 2012 12:23PM ET
Stephen Colbert's Super PAC is giving back: to Sandy relief, wounded soldiers, and maybe the greatest of good causes when it comes to campaign finance — the Super-PAC watchdogs.
Dec 14, 2012 10:50AM ET
Forbes took a look at how Slate is trying to figure out its revenue options, and, judging by its chief's instant freakout, those definitely do not include charging readers for access to every story.
Dec 14, 2012 9:45AM ET
Yes, this is an actual picture of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un watching his country's (mostly) successful and not-quite-nuclear launch of a satellite into space this week... while relaxing with a smoke.