Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 9, 2013 5:04PM ET
A man known for dressing up as the jubilant, ticklish Sesame Street character was sentenced to one year in jail by a New York judge Wednesday for trying to extort $2 million from two Girl Scout leaders. Whether or not he'll wear his costume behind bars will be left up to your imagination.
Oct 9, 2013 2:13PM ET
The tale of Twitter's creation is a long and messy one, filled with an intriguing series of "what ifs" presented in reporter Nick Bilton's new book about the company, which is excerpted in the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine.
Oct 9, 2013 1:39PM ET
Chelsea Manning has issued her first statement since being sentenced to 30 years in prison for leaking troves of classified documents to Wikileaks and revealing her request to be identified as a woman, explaining she's not the pacifist people make her out to be.
Oct 9, 2013 1:30PM ET
Haitians who suffered from a post-earthquake cholera outbreak that killed thousands and infected hundreds of thousands more are trying, perhaps fruitlessly, to sue the United Nations for billions in damages.
Oct 9, 2013 9:33AM ET
U.S. Special Forces went into Tripoli and got their man, capturing an al-Qaeda operative without firing a shot, but now the Libyan government is claiming they had no advance warning of the operation, even though the Americans are claiming otherwise.
Oct 8, 2013 5:18PM ET
Just weeks after Apple unveiled a slate of brand new iPhones, the company is also on the verge of announcing brand new iPads, too. According to an AllThingD report, we're getting new iPads and new iPad Minis in two weeks
Oct 8, 2013 4:41PM ET
Over the last week we've learned police have been investigating Toronto mayor Rob Ford since March -- before journalists, let alone the world, knew about the infamous (alleged!) crack video -- and occasionally using a spy plane. When asked about the investigation today, Ford just screamed about subways and laughed like a maniac.
Oct 8, 2013 3:18PM ET
The CIA no longer has any "black site" prisons where they used to carry out "enhanced" interrogations far away from the soil (and civil rights laws) of U.S. prisons. What about a naval vessel floating international waters?
Oct 8, 2013 1:14PM ET
Now that black market website Silk Road is down, police around the world are beginning to round up the people who were allegedly dealing drugs on the heavily encrypted online marketplace.
Oct 8, 2013 12:31PM ET
The off-duty undercover cop who was riding with a motorcycle gang when a driver was dragged out of his SUV and brutally beaten in front of his wife allegedly participated in the attack, according to new video evidence obtained by the New York Post.
Oct 8, 2013 9:14AM ET
There's a salmonella outbreak affecting hundreds of people in multiple states right now while food safety inspection crews sit at home, furloughed because of the government shutdown.
Oct 7, 2013 9:12PM ET
Today was the 12th anniversary of the U.S. invasion Afghanistan. Very few people noticed.
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.