Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 5, 2012 11:46AM ET
Joseph Kennedy III, who you can probably guess is a member of that Kennedy family, wants to run for Barney Frank's vacated seat in Congress, reports The Boston Globe.
Jan 5, 2012 10:44AM ET
Like some American political pundits, an Irish bookmaker considers Monday's Iowa caucus results too close to call too, refunding $6,000 to bettors who chose barely second-place Rick Santorum.
Jan 4, 2012 6:05PM ET
Forget polls and fancy models: if you wanted to make a decent prediction of how the candidates would finish in Iowa, you would have done a decent job looking at how often the GOP candidates have been made fun of by late-night comedians.
Jan 4, 2012 2:04PM ET
Americans Occupiers in Zuccotti Park made famous phrases like "the 1 percent" to protest wealth disparity within the U.S. -- but the rest of the world can throw that term right back at us.
Jan 4, 2012 11:48AM ET
Fifth place in Iowa apparently isn't deterring Rick Perry just yet, as he's now tweeting that he's moving on in his campaign to South Carolina.
Jan 4, 2012 9:06AM ET
AllThingsD's Kara Swisher has the scoop that Yahoo is ready to name Scott Thompson, current president of eBay's PayPal service, as its next CEO.
Jan 4, 2012 8:34AM ET
One curious thing we've learned from Sunday's horrific arson attacks in Queens is that Starbucks Frappuccino bottles may not have been randomly chosen as the weapon of choice, since they apparently are ideally suited for making Molotov cocktails.
Jan 3, 2012 5:55PM ET
New Yorkers, next time you moan about how long your commute is (i.e., when your leave work today), don't make your complaints aimlessly. Aim them straight at the subway lines that could've taken you home faster if only they'd been built!
Jan 3, 2012 3:32PM ET
Quick: What's Mitt Romney's real first name? (No Googling!) If you didn't guess "Willard," you're in the same boat as 94 percent of America that somehow still doesn't know all that much about a guy who's been running for president for five years.
Jan 3, 2012 11:46AM ET
Like Apple with Siri, another big-name tech company, Facebook, created a little abortion-related controversy of its own when it pulled home abortions instruction from its site last week.
Jan 3, 2012 10:02AM ET
Ahead of today's caucuses in Iowa, Newt Gingrich woke up early to do some heavy Mitt Romney bashing only to go on to say that he'd still vote for him in a head-to-head matchup with President Obama.
Jan 3, 2012 9:05AM ET
The United States and Taliban certainly has a tense relationship this last decade - the U.S. ousted it from power in Afghanistan, after all -- so mending that relationship in 2012 needs a very basic starting point: a place to negotiate.
Jan 2, 2012 4:54PM ET
The New York Times has raised its price from $2 to $2.50 (or "to 2.50 from $2" if we go with The Times's style) for non-Sunday issues beginning today.
Jan 2, 2012 12:46PM ET
Bob Anderson, who died on Sunday in a British hospital at 89, is known for bringing to life one of the most iconic Hollywood images -- the Star Wars lightsaber battle -- but we were never really suppose to know about him in the first place.
Jan 2, 2012 11:16AM ET
On Saturday, members of what the AP and The New York Times call Israel's community of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested against secular Israelis by comparing them to Nazis -- a move which got the latter (predictably) riled up.
Jan 2, 2012 11:16AM ET
You probably didn't know that the Cartography and Geographic Information Society annually names the best map of the year (or that such an organization existed), but for 2011 the award was won not by a map made by National Geographic or any other big institutions but instead by one made a single indie mapmaker.
Dec 29, 2011 4:30PM ET
Meet "Antonio C," the name court documents give to a nearly century-old Italian man looking to divorce his wife of 77 years.
Dec 29, 2011 1:16PM ET
Newt and Callista Gingrich's romance gets the typical People treatment that the magazine gives all celebrities who should be out of the spotlight already.
Dec 29, 2011 10:46AM ET
With Iowa caucus five days away, The New York Times has taken to the important business of figuring out the people behind the poll numbers by putting on its own episode of MTV Cribs.
Dec 29, 2011 9:48AM ET
Reports are filtering out of Syria this morning that security forces opened fire on protesters several blocks away from a government building Arab League fact-finders were visiting.
Dec 29, 2011 8:57AM ET
Yep, it's another controversial statement from Hugo Chavez -- but he really seems to dial up the Nut-O-Meter to 11 with this cancer conspiracy theory.
Dec 28, 2011 12:49PM ET
Sure, we knew that China some air pollution problems, but this photo getting attention on Reddit drives the point home.
Dec 28, 2011 12:23PM ET
The numbers are in, and they show what studio execs likely feared and mass-market movie-goers likely suspected all along: not a lot of people went to the movies this year.
Dec 28, 2011 9:46AM ET
Journalists covering the Iowa caucus face a profound dilemma this New Year's Eve: Where are the good parties at in Des Moines?!
Dec 28, 2011 8:59AM ET
As the U.S. preps further sanctions against the Iran, the rogue nation wants us to know, by the way, that it controls the Strait of Hormuz, through which, just so you know, a huge chuck of the world's oil supply flows.
Dec 27, 2011 6:29PM ET
Wow, Jerry Sandusky apparently doesn't want the media circus around him to end anytime soon.
Dec 27, 2011 4:22PM ET
Rats and roaches and other assorted vermin aren't knocking New Yorkers like they used to, as the average life expectancy of a newborn today in New York is 2.4 years higher than the national average.
Dec 27, 2011 3:11PM ET
A good indication that, despite complaints on Twitter, we got the smartphones we wanted for Christmas? Just check out all the apps we downloaded to celebrate the birth of Jesus this year.
Dec 27, 2011 12:05PM ET
Woman today in Egypt won a right that they obviously should have had all along after an Egyptian court banned the administration of "virginity tests" on female prisoners, reports MSNBC and CNN.
Dec 27, 2011 11:13AM ET
Since posting this story, we've gotten a few reader emails suggesting that the FBI never had Mullah Omar on its most wanted terrorist list in the first place.