Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 21, 2013 5:34PM ET
From initially defining marriage as "between a man and a woman" to citing Stonewall as a civil rights milestone in his second inaugural address on Monday, here are the defining moments in how Obama's public pronouncements on gay rights have evolved.
Jan 21, 2013 2:46PM ET
George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, even Oprah Winfrey — the famous people who didn't attend Barack Obama's second inauguration say as much about the ceremony as those who did turn up.
Jan 21, 2013 1:46PM ET
Let's take a look at the instant pundit reaction to specific segments of the inaugural address, from gay rights and health care to gun violence and climate change.
Jan 21, 2013 9:45AM ET
Paul Krugman on recapping Obama's first-term successes, Simon Johnson on Bernanke's successor, Jason Burke on al-Qaeda's non-resurgence, Alan Johnson on Israeli elections, and Penn Bullock on stand-your-ground laws.
Jan 18, 2013 5:45PM ET
Discovered: Those crustaceans you're eating probably do feel pain after all; sleeping sickness carried by animals; let's look for aliens on moons instead of planets; new tick-transmitted disease.
Jan 18, 2013 5:04PM ET
Aren't conservative supposed to be hawkish on terror? They tend to be when it comes to foreign terrorists, but many are taking umbrage at a new West Point report on violent far-right extremists home-grown right here in the U.S.
Jan 18, 2013 1:44PM ET
District cab drivers will be forced to start accepting credit cards soon, according to a new decree from the D.C. Taxicab Commission. But the change won't come in time for Obama's second inauguration.
Jan 18, 2013 1:19PM ET
Once an adventurous diner who frequented hip D.C. eating establishments, President Obama can now be found picking over bland fare at fusty old-school restaurants, apparently.
Jan 18, 2013 9:35AM ET
Howard Kurtz on the media and Manti Te'o, Paul Krugman on the deficit non-crisis, Jill Lepore on Roe v. Wade at 40, Mimi Whitefield on Cuba's travel restrictions, and Molly Redden on Teddy Turner.
Jan 17, 2013 6:54PM ET
Discovered: Even your DNA won't be private anymore; a rock harder than diamonds; the depression gene remains elusive; ancient sea creatures straight out of Dr. Seuss.
Jan 17, 2013 6:12PM ET
Energy drink benders have been sending an alarming number of people to the emergency room lately. ER admissions have doubled since 2007, and lawmakers are now demanding to know what energy drink makers put in these brews.
Jan 17, 2013 3:23PM ET
The Nobel-winning physicist brought an empirical focus to the Department of Energy. But after struggling to solve the formulas behind Beltway politics, the star scientist will reportedly step down.
Jan 17, 2013 12:44PM ET
A Seattle radio station claims to have their hands on the new single by garage rock revivalists The Strokes, and fans are already foreseeing a fifth album, and maybe—just maybe—another tour.
Jan 17, 2013 10:37AM ET
Skrillex is burning up. In fact, the dubstep poster boy is such a hot commodity on the superstar DJ circuit that his hair caught on fire last night.
Jan 17, 2013 9:42AM ET
Dana Milbank on kids being used in the gun debate, Fred Kaplan on Mali, Jonathan Mahler on Lance Armstrong, Slavoj Žižek on European elites, and Ricky Sekhon on playing bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.
Jan 16, 2013 6:50PM ET
Discovered: Racial separation corresponds with more lung cancer; barnacles have gross sex; social interaction is genetic in ants; Facebook is more memorable than books for many people.
Jan 16, 2013 5:56PM ET
No matter what Obama says about putting armed police officers in schools, the NRA keeps criticizing him. Lost in all that shouting are the voices of people who'll actually work in such schools — the teachers.
Jan 16, 2013 3:41PM ET
Time to add #FreeChiefKeef to the lexicon of hip hop hashtags. The young Chicago rapper was jailed yesterday for violating his probation, and—bizarrely enough—the music taste-makers at Pitchfork might've helped put him behind bars.
Jan 16, 2013 1:32PM ET
Gun advocates are already in a fit over one of the president's directive regarding healthcare professionals. Except that the order actually just preserves a legal expectation for doctors to report on their patients that has existed for 37 years.
Jan 16, 2013 10:44AM ET
Things just keep getting bleaker for the two Pussy Riot members still in prison. Today, Maria Alyokhina asked a Russian court to defer her sentence until her 5-year-old becomes a teenager. They denied her plea at an emotional hearing, sending her straight back to jail.
Jan 16, 2013 9:43AM ET
Debra Saunders on the White House press corps, Maureen Dowd on President Standoffish, Simon Jenkins on EU membership, Karin Klein on the right to die, and Mark Mills on California's fracking goldmine.
Jan 15, 2013 6:37PM ET
Discovered: Lighting up might not lead to dumbing down; playing music can put you on a natural high; black carbon is twice as bad as we thought; evidence that obesity is inherited.
Jan 15, 2013 6:02PM ET
James Holmes' sanity is already an important issue in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial. And now the alleged shooter's mental health is at question in another lawsuit against his psychiatrist.
Jan 15, 2013 4:53PM ET
Don't look now, and don't blame the bad karaoke, but Lena Dunham really cannot do wrong: According to recent numbers online and off, HBO's Girls has become a kingmaker to just-under-the-radar musicians, sending their record sales abuzz
Jan 15, 2013 12:10PM ET
A New York retail magnate bequeathed a trove of artwork, but after a series of recent high-tech inspections, many of the donations turned out to be fake. And because of the benefactor's will, the museum can't even throw them out.
Jan 15, 2013 10:10AM ET
The court reporter's filing on yesterday's historic Supreme Court session is in, committing to public record the moment Thomas ended his seven years of silence... with a joke about Yale. Here's what he reportedly said—all four words of it.
Jan 15, 2013 9:54AM ET
Jeffrey Toobin on Obama's gay marriage stance, David A. Bell on France's domestic malaise, Matthew Yglesias on dueling hedge-fund managers, Dana Milbank on Obama's new bad-cop routine, and Mark Frazier on an aging China.
Jan 14, 2013 6:54PM ET
Discovered: the most depressing day of the year; the problem with dieting after age 75; the truth about chimps; the dingo might not even be Australian.
Jan 14, 2013 3:56PM ET
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas went nearly seven years without making a peep during oral arguments, but today he just had to get in a jab at Yalies.
Jan 14, 2013 2:01PM ET
Public health efforts around the country have been calling out soda's central role in the obesity crisis. In response, Coca-Cola debuted a new commercial today that already has people drawing the big-tobacco comparisons.