Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 30, 2012 4:25PM ET
Advocates are rallying around a Montana man facing a lifetime behind bars for cultivating what he emotionally insists was legal pot.
Nov 30, 2012 1:17PM ET
A new fantasy poll — albeit a very legitimate one — says Christie could beat Bruce Springsteen, the state's beloved bard and the governor's own personal hero.
Nov 30, 2012 12:44PM ET
Did you hear about crazy Harvard, approving that crazy new BDSM sex club? Actually, they're hardly the first Ivy League school to recognize an organization for kinky students.
Nov 30, 2012 9:48AM ET
Therese Poletti on Groupon, Anthony Lane on the Leveson report, Paul Krugman on class war, Ana Marie Cox on #Obama, and Ruth Marcus on Susan Rice.
Nov 29, 2012 5:48PM ET
An analysis of Obama campaign emails revealed today that supporters will cough up $690 million if you guilt trip them hard enough. One commenter recalls the desperation flooding his inbox.
Nov 29, 2012 5:32PM ET
Discovered: Weight loss surgery fails to reduce diabetes; E. coli often comes from cities, not cattle; big guts could mean brittle bones for men; sea levels rose nearly half an inch over past 20 years.
Nov 29, 2012 3:21PM ET
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall swears he never took any performance enhancing drugs. But he tells the AP he's heard of "some crazy stuff," like "guys using Viagra."
Nov 29, 2012 12:19PM ET
What to buy for someone who already has everything no decent person would ever want? How about George Zimmerman's autograph?
Nov 29, 2012 11:48AM ET
A 21-year-old woman thought Mumbai shouldn't have been shutdown for the funeral of an Islamophobic leader. Broadcasting such opinions on Facebook was apparently grounds for arrest.
Nov 29, 2012 9:06AM ET
Amy Davidson on Hillary Clinton, Matthew Yglesias on the fiscal cliff, Daniel Byman on Al Qaeda, Bill George on H.P., and Shikha Dalmia on immigration.
Nov 28, 2012 6:32PM ET
Discovered: The black hole that takes up the most space, proportionally speaking; how running can be bad for you; why "keep your eye on the ball" is good advice after all; developing a universal cancer blood test.
Nov 28, 2012 6:03PM ET
Public universities and colleges in the two suddenly pro-pot states, despite this month's successful ballot measures, intend to keep enforcing anti-pot policies on their campuses — for now.
Nov 28, 2012 3:10PM ET
Instead of just groaning and reading on, a legion of spelling sticklers are using Twitter to try and sweep the web clean.
Nov 28, 2012 9:30AM ET
Jonathan Cohn on Medicare, Grover Norquist on the fiscal cliff, Lynette H. Ong on China's construction boom, Bess Lovejoy on digging up the dead, and Jane Kramer on female bishops.
Nov 27, 2012 6:15PM ET
Discovered: Mothers living near freeways more likely to have autistic kids; siblings that get along turn out healthier; high fructose corn syrup linked to diabetes; strange ancient life in Antarctic ice.
Nov 27, 2012 6:13PM ET
GOP leaders are already hinting at possible candidates for president in 2016. One exhausted commenter wonders if perpetual presidential jockeying has become an existentialist nightmare.
Nov 27, 2012 4:40PM ET
Discovered: Climate change threatens the fanciest of ingredients; permafrost is melting; WiFi networks could stifle bovine belching; scientists find relatives of Lonesome George the tortoise.
Nov 27, 2012 1:07PM ET
While we already knew that show business would be giving the guitar legend a double-necked present — a movie starring Andre 3000 and a "new" album — plans for the latest incarnation of all things Hendrix are finally starting to get a little less, uh, hazy.
Nov 27, 2012 9:52AM ET
Joe Nocera on Obama's new cabinet, Jonah Goldberg on Mohamed Morsi, Dana Milbank on Rick Santorum, Peter Hakim on Mexico, and Sarah Ditum on gender-neutral toys.
Nov 26, 2012 6:50PM ET
Discovered: why social media's popular kids are stressed out; cigarettes harm brain activity; ocean acid is corroding snail shells; the end of the permanent case of the tryptophan naps.
Nov 26, 2012 5:26PM ET
With pot legalization taking hold in Colorado and Washington after Election Day, marijuana proponents are pushing to make weed legal in New York, Rhode Island, Montana, and a slew of other states. But they'll face stiff resistance from the feds — and ambivalence from growers.
Nov 26, 2012 2:16PM ET
Andrew W.K. was all set to show Bahrainis the "power of positive partying," until those buzzkills over at the State Department actually found out about it — then cancelled his would-be trip to the U.S. Embassy in Manama.
Nov 26, 2012 12:15PM ET
"This is the last big show for three years or so," Chris Martin told an Australian audience, hinting that the band will be giving themselves—and our ears—a much-needed break from all that earnest falsetto and twinkly piano.
Nov 26, 2012 9:23AM ET
Warren Buffett on taxing the ultra-rich, William D. Cohan on Jon Corzine, Dennis Ross on the Middle East, John Vidal on climate change, and E.J. Dionne on the Catholic Church.
Nov 21, 2012 5:29PM ET
Discovered: Why a key dwarf planet has little atmosphere; roots of PTSD run deep; climate change could affect our past as well as our future; studying holes in old books reveals insect histories.
Nov 21, 2012 4:17PM ET
Going meatless is a great way to green your Thanksgiving. But meat-lovers have long mocked the idea of vegetarians replicating their most indulgent creation, the turducken—until now. Meet the veggieducken.
Nov 21, 2012 3:13PM ET
Freed Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich has accused the band's former legal team of theft and deception, blaming them for the continued imprisonment of other band members. With a new lawyer at the helm, will the other two Pussy Riot prisoners see freedom anytime soon?
Nov 21, 2012 1:05PM ET
E.L. James's series was never even in contention for this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award, since it's shelved under erotica, apparently. Can you tell the difference between these Fifty Shades excerpts and this year's nominees?
Nov 21, 2012 12:04PM ET
Today in books and publishing: News Corp. now wants to merge HarperCollins with Simon & Schuster; Sandy ruined 9,000 books in a New York store; you'll never guess which two series have sold the most Kindle books.
Nov 21, 2012 9:39AM ET
Mark Bittman on Thanksgiving dinner, Jeffrey Goldberg on Israel, Jeffrey Toobin on the filibuster, Ian Bremmer on Syria, and John Podhoretz on how Obama won.