Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 20, 2012 1:36PM ET
The most noxious, wrongheaded, misleading, silly, and downright awful pieces of punditry to somehow end up in print or online this year.
Dec 20, 2012 9:41AM ET
Jeffrey Rosen on Robert Bork's legacy, Ezra Klein on what would make a good fiscal cliff deal, Adam Gopnik on gun control, Andres Oppenheimer on Latin America and the Senate, and Timothy Garton Ash on Britain and the EU.
Dec 19, 2012 6:35PM ET
Discovered: Once Earth's ruined we should hightail it for the Tau Ceti system; how reindeers get red noses; one in two men will get cancer; what flying squirrels have in common with Top Gun.
Dec 19, 2012 9:36AM ET
Michael Bloomberg on gun control, Matt Miller on gun buyback programs, Lydia DePillis on Instagram, Chris McDermott on the Keystone XL pipeline, and Scott A. Snyder on South Korea's first female president.
Dec 18, 2012 6:14PM ET
Jen Doll rounded up the year's worst words today, setting one of our commenters off on a mini-rant about noun-ified verbs.
Dec 18, 2012 6:06PM ET
Discovered: Data shows Sandy's online outage toll; what MRIs can tell us about freestyle rap; spiders confuse predators with doppelgänger decoys; thoughtful orangutans.
Dec 18, 2012 1:49PM ET
California's biggest music festival is still months away, but Coachella speculation is already in full swing. With the Rolling Stones and Daft Punk among the rumored headliners, let's take a look at the likelihood of them topping the bill.
Dec 18, 2012 9:28AM ET
Jonathan Cohn on the emerging fiscal cliff deal, Frank Bruni on a shooting's aftermath, Jeffrey Toobin on the Second Amendment, Haytham Manna on Syria, and Josh Kraushaar on Tim Scott.
Dec 17, 2012 6:30PM ET
Discovered: We're one step closer to soap-fueled vehicles; a protein that may stave off aging; toxic tides could be claiming thousands of squid lives; pacemakers built from viruses.
Dec 17, 2012 6:12PM ET
The New York Times reported on Newtown residents' thwarted efforts to regulate guns earlier this year. One of our commenters wondered if she should take a firmer stance on gunfire in her neighborhood.
Dec 17, 2012 5:21PM ET
Researchers have found no connection between autism and violence, but that hasn't stopped the mainstream media from harping on Newtown shooter Adam Lanza's apparent bout with Asperger's syndrome. It hasn't stopped the emotional responses, either.
Dec 17, 2012 12:41PM ET
An official at Newtown High School has said that the Sandy Hook shooter appeared to feel no physical pain, suggesting he may have been congenitally insensitive to it. Research has shown that such conditions can sometimes lead to empathy problems.
Dec 17, 2012 9:36AM ET
Patrick Radden Keefe on gun control, Molly Redden on Michigan Republicans, Paul Krugman on the deficit, L. Gordon Crovitz on Internet freedom, and Hannah Beech on Japanese elections.
Dec 14, 2012 7:48PM ET
Discovered: Recent research findings about gun control, autism, mass violence, and PTSD to help put the Newtown shootings in context.
Dec 14, 2012 6:13PM ET
As the Newtown tragedy unfolded, Americans couldn't look away from one of the worst school shootings in history. Here's what we saw.
Dec 14, 2012 3:04PM ET
For some perspective about just how awful the events Sandy Hook Elementary were, here is a list of the deadliest school shootings in history.
Dec 14, 2012 9:38AM ET
Max Fisher on Chuck Hagel, Roger Cohen on oil, Simon Jenkins on North Korea, Jeffrey Goldberg on Australia, and Palav Babaria on Obamacare.
Dec 14, 2012 12:22AM ET
Move over Todd Akin. Step aside Richard Mourdock. Derek Johnson has something totally ignorant to say about rape—namely that women's bodies "will not permit that to happen" if they really don't want it.
Dec 13, 2012 10:46PM ET
In an interview late Thursday night after withdrawing from the running for Secretary of State — and in a new op-ed published overnight — Susan Rice insisted about the Benghazi conflict that ruined her future that "it's our obligation to try to explain it as best we can to the American people."
Dec 13, 2012 9:28PM ET
Damien Hirst—the insanely wealthy British artist-provocateur famous for encasing a dead shark in formaldehyde—has severed ties with the well-heeled Gagosian Gallery, which represented him for the last 17 years.
Dec 13, 2012 8:35PM ET
The Geminid meteor shower—which should be the year's most impressive, according to astronomers—peaks tonight. If skies are clear where you live, be sure to go outside and look up.
Dec 13, 2012 5:21PM ET
Discovered: Pigging out is a bigger concern than starvation; Christmas trees haven't evolved much in 100 million years; Rhesus monkeys have no rhythm; a really, really cute new (and endangered) primate.
Dec 13, 2012 12:47PM ET
A high-brow publishing house is seeking new interns. Job requirements include working for free, having no life, and keeping your mouth shut. So, you know, your soul.
Dec 13, 2012 9:24AM ET
Michael Bloomberg on the fiscal cliff, Ezra Klein on conservative fiscal policies, Amy Davidson on Antonin Scalia, Michael Mazza on North Korea, and Xu Zhiyong on Tibet.
Dec 12, 2012 6:30PM ET
Discovered: Male fish who engage in same-sex flirting lure in female fish; cheese dates back 7.5 millennia; Americans love public transportation once they give it a chance; depressed mice cheer up after brain stimulation.
Dec 12, 2012 12:06PM ET
Can Paul McCartney pull off grunge? That's the question on everyone's mind going into his performance tonight with the remaining members of Nirvana. It's undoubtedly a weird collaboration, but should we really call it a Nirvana reunion?
Dec 12, 2012 10:43AM ET
The sitar maestro died from respiratory and heart problems. Shankar had received heart-valve replacement surgery last week, just after being nominated for another Grammy.
Dec 12, 2012 10:19AM ET
Harold Meyerson on the downside of right-to-work, Adam Ozimek on the upside of right-to-work, Maureen Dowd on Zero Dark Thirty, Francisco Toro on Venezuela after Chavez, and Soner Cagaptay on Turkey.
Dec 11, 2012 6:22PM ET
Discovered: No sign of a gay gene, but homosexuality could start in the womb; childhood obesity is going down; that fish you're eating probably isn't really fish; a new SARS to freak out about.
Dec 11, 2012 10:01AM ET
Ralph Benko on Paul Ryan's decline, Jonathan Chait on Marco Rubio's rise, Pankaj Mishra on Asia's insurgents, Jonathan Steele on Afghanistan, and Noam Scheiber on jumping the cliff.