Today's Five Best Columns
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Jun 11, 2012 9:54AM ET
Today in Ad Watch: Mitt Romney pounces on President Obama's comment that the private sector is "fine," a pro-Obama Super PAC launches several ads attacking Romney as a jerk, and Allen West shows his warm and fuzzy side.
Jun 8, 2012 5:58PM ET
Steve Schmidt is the guy everyone blames -- himself included -- for convincing Sen. John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.
Jun 8, 2012 5:31PM ET
On Friday WBUR broadcasters Tom and Ray Magliozzi announced that they would stop making new episodes of their 35-year-old car advice phone-in program Car Talk. This is very sad. Or is it?
Jun 8, 2012 1:50PM ET
It should come as no surprise that Mitt Romney suffered a mental block when he tried to say the word "doughnut" at an Iowa diner Friday. We've been seeing the warning signs of Romney's problems with food for months.
Jun 8, 2012 11:34AM ET
Washington people are very excited by reporter Marc Ambinder's claim that there is a whole lot of secret sex going on in the city.
Jun 8, 2012 9:29AM ET
Today in Ad Watch: Mitt Romney responds to President Obama's attacks on his jobs record, while the Republican National Committee makes Obama look like a whiner.
Jun 7, 2012 7:36PM ET
The latest nugget in conservatives' "vetting" of President Obama is the revelation by the National Review's Stanley Kurtz that in 1996, a pro-union third party called the New Party named Barack Obama as a member in meeting minutes.
Jun 7, 2012 4:49PM ET
Did you hear? Bangs are back! Or so says The New York Times' Thursday Styles section. Let's put it through The Atlantic Wire's trend-story rating system to figure out if this true, probably, true, or totally fake.
Jun 7, 2012 1:41PM ET
Today in Ad Watch: A mustachioed Arizona congressional candidate tries to get his name out there by shooting a law, Karl Rove's organization begins airing ads in three state races, and Obama insists we've made progress on jobs.
Jun 7, 2012 11:34AM ET
There are four ways to interpret what President Obama meant Wednesday when he said that his wife "doesn't go all the way down" at last night's fundraiser at the home of Glee creator Ryan Murphy.
Jun 7, 2012 10:01AM ET
President Obama's adviser David Axelrod sounded confident and a little mystical in October when he said of the Republican presidential candidates, "Campaigns are like an MRI for the soul — whoever you are, eventually people find out." But the vetting of Mitt Romney has not revealed him to have a terrible dark side. Instead, it's painted a picture of him as a fun-killing square.
Jun 6, 2012 5:16PM ET
In today's Poll Watch: Mitt Romney's campaign makes a big presentation on how he'll win enough swing states to get 270 electoral votes, and it doesn't add up to 270 electoral votes. Romney can't count on Wisconsin turning, either.
Jun 6, 2012 3:01PM ET
Presidential campaigns are no longer just about the "boring white guys" running for office -- they're also an American Idol-style tryout for the aspiring media stars of the candidate's families.
Jun 6, 2012 11:09AM ET
There is much punditocratic disagreement over what the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday night means for Gov. Scott Walker, President Obama, Democrats, and the general election. But there seems to be near universal agreement on one thing: Unions are toast.
Jun 6, 2012 9:47AM ET
A bleeding-heart liberal from one of the most wholesome states in the union slapped Tom Barrett in the face for conceding to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the recall election Tuesday night.
Jun 5, 2012 6:38PM ET
When it comes to our view of Congress, we are the boy who cried "worthless."
Jun 5, 2012 4:58PM ET
The most important election Tuesday is the vote to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but the funnest election is the California Republican Senate primary, where birther queen Orly Taitz has some chance of becoming an actual Republican nominee.
Jun 5, 2012 1:05PM ET
In today's Poll Watch: The elite fantasy of a silent libertarian majority appreciative of success and yearning for the right David Brooksian candidate is a total delusion, as swing voters are just as populist as Democrats. Plus, white folks don't like Obamacare and middle income folks do like Mitt Romney.
Jun 5, 2012 10:02AM ET
Mitt Romney didn't just sign an individual health care mandate into law when he was governor of Massachusetts, he wanted to publicly shame companies who didn't provide insurance with a quarterly ad in the lamestream media.
Jun 4, 2012 6:52PM ET
In Monday's Washington Post, Monica Hesse revisits an annual conundrum: how to dress for the D.C. summer in an air conditioned office that often feels like winter. It's a complaint as regular as the changing of seasons. But is it valid? We discuss.
Jun 4, 2012 5:44PM ET
The Republican National Committee and allied Super PACs have all made countless puns on "hope and change" at the expense of President Obama this election, but those with the true creative gift for Obama punnery are the the unpaid and unheralded anonymous trolls on news websites.
Jun 4, 2012 3:03PM ET
President Obama's campaign posted a video Monday urging voters not to freak out over a few bad polls, and yet it shows a map labeling Wisconsin, a blue state, as a toss-up.
Jun 4, 2012 11:42AM ET
President Obama and the RNC debate whether Vogue editor Anna Wintour is a silly person., Obama attacks Mitt Romney's record as Massachusetts governor, and Karl Rove's Super PAC complains Obama is being too mean too early.
Jun 4, 2012 10:15AM ET
It is very clear how last week's bad jobs report will affect the presidential race. It is less clear how it will affect policy that could create jobs.
May 30, 2012 6:16PM ET
Fox & Friends aired an attack ad against President Obama that many have said could have been produced by the Republican National Committee. But the Fox video is actually a cartoon version of the Mitt Romney campaign's series of ads it's released in recent weeks titled "Broken Promises."
May 30, 2012 3:28PM ET
Mitt Romney's birth certificate was released Tuesday night, and after so many years of scrutinizing the birth certificate of Barack Obama, we couldn't help wondering what they made of the Republican nominee's eligibility to be president.
May 30, 2012 2:38PM ET
For years conservatives have tried to turn Michelle Obama's extracurricular obsessions -- organic gardening, healthy eating, exercising -- into a political symbol. But her husband's up for re-election which means there's a First Lady in waiting, Ann Romney, who has her own hobbies, like the expensive horse riding sport called dressage.
May 29, 2012 7:12PM ET
President Obama and Mitt Romney don't just want veterans to love them -- they want the adoration that comes with being the candidate most loved by the troops.
May 29, 2012 3:40PM ET
One theory for why Mitt Romney is holding a big splashy fundraiser with renewed birther Donald Trump Tuesday is that all the money Trump will bring in is worth a few bad headlines. Unfortunately, the Trump-Romney fundraiser happens to be on a very slow news day, so perhaps the campaign is getting a few more headlines than expected.
May 29, 2012 1:15PM ET
Every president inspires conspiracy theories, and there is no shortage of crazy stories involving President Obama. But every single one of them is conspicuously boring. Where's the sex? Or, if not sex, drugs? Violence? We'd even accept aliens.