Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 7, 2013 2:52PM ET
Over the weekend, gamers and game developers gathered at the IndieCade Festival in Los Angeles to talk about the state of independent video games. The speaker who caught our interest was Ben Prunty, a man who searches far and wide for sounds like light bulbs being struck to make your video game experience better.
Oct 7, 2013 12:00PM ET
The U.S. military carried out two rare, high-risk operations against high-level terrorism suspects over the weekend and now, for the first time, officials are acknowledging one was not a complete success.
Oct 7, 2013 9:17AM ET
Ten months after the tragic murders of so many of its young students, it was decided this weekend that Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, will be torn down, and a new school built in the exact same spot.
Oct 6, 2013 6:36PM ET
The Paper of Record seems to have a lot of trouble writing about hit records. The New York Times has once again messed up while writing about the French DJ duo, following the band's part in one of the more embarrassing Times corrections in recent memory.
Oct 6, 2013 5:47PM ET
You may have noticed something peculiar about the two military operations against two terrorism suspects this weekend: neither involved drone strikes in any way. This is the new norm, apparently: special forces raids are the President's preferred option now.
Oct 6, 2013 4:08PM ET
House Speaker John Boehner made a bold claim on ABC's This Week Sunday morning: that there aren't enough votes between Democrats and moderate Republicans in Congress to pass a clean spending bill that would end the government shutdown.
Oct 6, 2013 4:07PM ET
Welcome to the Box Office Report, where being on the ground is perfectly fine with us. The rest of you can enjoy space when everyone moves to the moon because we've ruined the earth beyond repair. Somehow space doesn't seem appealing right now.
Oct 6, 2013 12:32PM ET
Following a brief college football induced delay, Miley Cyrus was finally able to twerk all over Studio 8H last night. The singer's second Saturday Night Live hosting stint repeatedly looked for new ways to incorporate her favorite dance move.
Oct 6, 2013 11:41AM ET
The Olympic torch arrived in Moscow on Sunday after a quick trip through Greece. The welcoming ceremony was filled with Russian pomp and circumstance. In response, the flame extinguished itself while someone was running through the Kremlin.
Oct 6, 2013 11:02AM ET
The U.S. military on Saturday carried out two chilling, intense operations against important terrorism suspects nearly simultaneously. One involved an hour-long firefight in Somalia. The other took place in a dangerous, unstable Libya and involved American troops capturing an al-Qaeda leader just after dawn.
Oct 5, 2013 5:58PM ET
A group of Navy SEALs carried out a raid on a house in Baraawe, Somalia with the intention of killing or seizing an al-Shabab leader as a response to the attack on a Nairobi mall. Unfortunately U.S. officials aren't sure whether or not the attack succeeded.
Oct 5, 2013 5:02PM ET
It was inevitable, right? With Miley hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live this week, and Sinead O'Connor's storied history with the show, the beef between the two singers will be addressed at some point during the episode.
Oct 5, 2013 3:54PM ET
Everyone who knows anything about economics agrees: not raising the debt ceiling is a horrible idea. But Ted Yoho, a Republican Congressman from Florida who used to work as a veterinarian, thinks the debt ceiling should stay where it is. Forever.
Oct 5, 2013 2:25PM ET
There is not a bridge left in baseball that Alex Rodriguez has not burned. From the league, to his team, to the player's association -- in the fight over his steroid suspension, the Yankees slugger doesn't have any friends left.
Oct 5, 2013 12:52PM ET
Ending an odd, deadly week in the nation's capital, the man who set himself on fire at the National Mall in Washington on Friday has died, Washington police announced Saturday.
Oct 5, 2013 11:58AM ET
The Associated Press finally unveiled its big interview with President Obama. The best parts of the conversation came when Obama criticized two of the most controversial people in Washington: one who works in politics, and one who owns a football team.
Oct 5, 2013 10:49AM ET
The government shutdown is four days old and shows no sign of concluding anytime soon. This is partially because one of the shutdown's main players, Speaker of the House John Boehner, has only a loose plan to end this battle.
Oct 2, 2013 2:48PM ET
Is no one policing the skies over New York City? Days after two men parachuted into Manhattan without detection, someone's drone fell from the sky and nearly injured a man. It's dangerous out there, folks. Maybe helmets are necessary from here on out.
Oct 2, 2013 11:39AM ET
Realizing their resistance is futile, the National Park Service decided the veterans determined to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. despite the government shutdown are exercising their first amendment rights, which lets them through. The vets will not be stopped.
Oct 2, 2013 11:38AM ET
The gruelling legal battle between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball finally got under way Monday, and so we finally learned what the Yankee shortstop's defense against his mammoth steroid suspension is. In short, Rodriguez claims he was duped.
Oct 2, 2013 10:43AM ET
An old friend, occasional driver, and alleged drug dealer for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, was arrested last night on charges of trafficking marijuana, complicating Ford's efforts to steer clear of any more drug-related scandals.
Oct 1, 2013 6:52PM ET
Despite a slight glitch last week, the Internet in Iran is still heavily censored. But new president Hassan Rouhani called for more open access again on Tuesday at the behest of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey.
Oct 1, 2013 4:28PM ET
Fox News has been adding new faces this year, and Tuesday they landed a big one: conservative commentator George Will who will be ended a 32-year relationship with ABC News and This Week.
Oct 1, 2013 12:15PM ET
A group of World War II veterans aren't letting a pesky government shutdown stop them from visiting a Washington, D.C. memorial. These are your first, and probably only, bad-ass heroes of the government shutdown.
Oct 1, 2013 10:40AM ET
What does it really mean now that the U.S. government has been shut down for the first time in seventeen years? This is the government shutdown: what's open, what's closed, and what the whole sad scene looks like from the front lines.
Sep 30, 2013 4:54PM ET
Were they criminals, hobbyists, or just two people who wanted to live life like a video game? We don't know yet, but police are still searching for the two finely dressed men who parachuted into lower Manhattan, landed near the Goldman Sachs building and then disappeared early on Monday morning.
Sep 30, 2013 3:28PM ET
Canada's medical marijuana industry is about to grow from a small-scale industry into a huge $1.3 billion corporate behemoth.
Sep 30, 2013 11:52AM ET
Chicago Transit Authority are investigating how two trains — one of them out-of-service — were involved in a head-on collision Monday morning that sent dozens of people to area hospitals.
Sep 30, 2013 10:42AM ET
The Justice Department will raise the stakes in its fight against controversial voter ID laws on Monday by filing a lawsuit against North Carolina to block recently adopted legislation.
Sep 29, 2013 6:32PM ET
Women are fighting for the right to drive in Saudi Arabia right now, but one conservative cleric made his position clear over the weekend when he said that women cannot drive because it damages their ovaries and could potentially harm their children.