Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 19, 2013 11:18AM ET
Having tried and failed three times to get Congress to agree on a comprehensive deficit reduction package, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles are trying one more time live the impossible dream of bipartisan budget agreement.
Feb 19, 2013 9:07AM ET
Eight masked and armed thieves pulled off a daring robbery at Brussels Airport in Belgium on Tuesday, stealing as much as $67 million worth of diamonds in a matter of minutes without firing a shot.
Feb 19, 2013 7:17AM ET
A new report claims that killer who shot 26 children and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, believed that he was "in direct competition" with a notorious mass murderer, but after a closer look, the basis of that claim seems pretty shaky.
Feb 18, 2013 12:51PM ET
After years of wild guess and flawed estimations, Gallup has attempted to get some hard data on just how many gay, lesbian, and bisexual people there are in America. So how good are their are numbers?
Feb 18, 2013 12:40PM ET
It seems that the officially verified Twitter account of the Burger King has become the victim of a prank, since the account announced they were sold to McDonald's and all their employees are on drugs.
Feb 18, 2013 11:05AM ET
From amateur astronomers to space junk traders to Canadian satellite makers to dashboard cam enthusiasts, the flaming Russian Meteorite has captivated the whole planet by offering a little something for everyone.
Feb 18, 2013 8:14AM ET
The theory that Oscar Pistorius may have lashed out at his girlfriend in a "roid rage" attack is apparently more than just wild speculation, as the there are now reports that illegal drugs were found in the Olympic sprinter's home.
Feb 15, 2013 4:10PM ET
Investing giant Carl Icahn is still fighting his war of words against hedge fund rival Bill Ackman, but he swears it's not about personal feelings—it's about making money. Hurting Ackman's feelings in the process is just a nice bonus.
Feb 15, 2013 2:04PM ET
North Korea says it wants to conduct one or two more nuclear tests this year in order to force the United States into diplomatic talks — by doing the exact opposite of what the United States wants them to.
Feb 15, 2013 11:35AM ET
Senate Democrats claim they struck an "agreement" that would head off the looming sequestration cuts, but since the deadline is 14 days away and Congress is in recess for the next ten, you probably shouldn't hold your breath.
Feb 15, 2013 9:30AM ET
As a final indignity perpetrated on the passengers of the disabled Triumph cruise ship after it reached port last night, a bus ferrying tired and disheveled tourists back to their homes broke down halfway to New Orleans this morning.
Feb 15, 2013 6:34AM ET
South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears today after appearing in court to hear a murder charge that his family has come forward to dispute.
Feb 14, 2013 4:59PM ET
The cloture vote failed, 58-40-1, to move Hagel's confirmation forward and end the filibuster. A new vote will be set for after Senate recess, likely either on February 25 or 26.
Feb 14, 2013 2:56PM ET
If case you haven't heard, there's a very smelly and disgusting cruise ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico right now. It's still several hours away from limping into port, but CNN has got you covered right now with riveting wall-to-wall coverage of the slowest moving boat in the world.
Feb 14, 2013 11:14AM ET
Australian and Israeli officials have found themselves squaring off over the death of an anonymous prison inmate who killed himself under very shady circumstances. Here's everything you need to know about the made-for-spy-novel drama as it unfolds.
Feb 14, 2013 7:34AM ET
Leading negotiators for the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency left Tehran this morning after another round of talks with Iranian nuclear inspections accomplished absolutely nothing.
Feb 13, 2013 3:15PM ET
After the scuttled nomination of Susan Rice and rumblings about stopping Chuck Hagel's, it looks as though a Senator may actually pull out their one big "check and balance" gun and put a hold on an Obama nominee.
Feb 13, 2013 1:43PM ET
The Defense Department is reportedly inventing a new medal designed to reward soliders who fight battles from the safety of their computer consoles.
Feb 13, 2013 11:00AM ET
As the papal exit strategy develops, Benedict XVI made his first public appearance since announcing his resignation, reiterating his strong abdication statement that he simply doesn't have the energy to do the job anymore.
Feb 13, 2013 10:33AM ET
He has now given five State of the Union addresses (four officially), and if you watch them all in order you can witness the subtle development in his approach to the speech — one that also mirrors the development of his presidency, and his exercise of power.
Feb 12, 2013 11:02AM ET
The goal of the Olympic movement should be to promote all sports, not pit them against each other, but the IOC recommended today that one of its original sports be dropped from the Summer Games in 2020.
Feb 12, 2013 9:12AM ET
Tuesday's test has the world calling for a strong response, but the world can't negotiate with North Korea, because the world doesn't have anything North Korea wants.
Feb 11, 2013 3:10PM ET
Giffords has narrated a new public service ad pushing for background checks on all gun sales, and it's tough to imagine anyone — even the NRA's Wayne LaPierre — finding a way to attack her message without looking monstrous as the next fight looms.
Feb 11, 2013 1:00PM ET
Pope Benedict XVI caught nearly everyone off guard with his sudden resignation today, but will his surprise departure also manage to shake up the Vatican? The answer to that question rests heavily on who his own people choose to replace him.
Feb 11, 2013 9:38AM ET
Phil Bronstein got the first interviews with the man who actually fired the bullets that killed Osama bin Laden — a man who would be considered a hero to most Americans, but whose story since leaving the Navy has not been a happy one.
Feb 11, 2013 6:09AM ET
The Vatican confirmed this morning that Pope Benedict XVI will resign his position as head of the Catholic Church later this month.
Feb 8, 2013 2:39PM ET
If you're ever in a meeting with the leader of the free world, you know it's important. Or rather, you better show it's important.
Feb 8, 2013 10:15AM ET
The offices of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team were set ablaze last night, apparently in ongoing fight over the team's two new Muslim players.
Feb 8, 2013 7:38AM ET
After French forces changed the dynamic of the conflict in Mali, it has now taken on another new, and sadly predictable, turn—suicide attacks.
Feb 7, 2013 2:30PM ET
President Obama's top counterterrorism advisor faced the Senate Intelligence Committee today.