Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 16, 2012 6:02PM ET
How is Mitt Romney doing against President Obama now that he's essentially done fighting the Republican primary? We're not sure. Two general election polls were released Monday showing very different results. Here'sour guide to today's polls and which ones matter.
Apr 16, 2012 5:23PM ET
Newt Gingrich has lost the support of most humans -- conservatives, southerners, reporters -- and now he's lost his base: exotic animals.
Apr 16, 2012 3:24PM ET
It's a strange Constitutional quirk that the voters of only a couple states will be lavished with -- and tortured by -- attention from the presidential candidates till November.
Apr 16, 2012 12:22PM ET
Most Republican voters have closed all tabs to the right of Mitt Romney, but conservative politicians won't let him maximize his window.
Apr 16, 2012 10:27AM ET
Sixty-four-year-old Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was spotted downing beers and dancing in Colombia Sunday night, and people love her even more for it.
Apr 13, 2012 7:25PM ET
Ann Romney's very first tweet, in response to a dumb comment about stay-at-home moms, said, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work." She wasn't kidding!
Apr 13, 2012 5:46PM ET
For 24 hours, people cared so much about a mean thing Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney that more people searched for "Ann Romney" on Twitter than "Justin Bieber," the tween Twitter god. This fake outrage -- the "Umbrage Wars"! -- is a terrible thing, according to lots of hand-winging reporters. They're wrong.
Apr 13, 2012 3:07PM ET
It's not that there are no second acts in American political life, it's more like the second and third acts are littered with what comedians refer to as "callbacks," allusions to jokes from Act One.
Apr 13, 2012 12:17PM ET
Mitt Romney has a few favorite words he uses as a crutch when he can't think of anything actually bad to say about President Obama.
Apr 13, 2012 9:38AM ET
Newt Gingrich has admitted that he probably won't become president, and Roger Ailes says there's no future for him at Fox News, but the candidate still insists on being treated like a king.
Apr 12, 2012 4:51PM ET
In late March, there was broad agreement that George Zimmerman should be arrested for killing Trayvon Martin. Now white people and black people are divided over whether Martin was unjustly killed. Here's our guide to today's polls and which ones matter.
Apr 12, 2012 3:13PM ET
Whenever Mitt Romney talks about money, he loses. His wife, Ann, is usually much better than he is at projecting sincerity in the artificial situations of the campaign, but she, too has stumbled when talking about money.
Apr 12, 2012 1:14PM ET
Republican pollster Resurgent Republic had a nifty idea for figuring out how swing voters see President Obama: Have them compare him to cars. But the biggest revelation: voters have a detailed knowledge of the car industry going back decades, but less knowledge about politics.
Apr 12, 2012 11:03AM ET
Hilary Rosen has had a lot of jobs: a Napster-killing lobbyist, the Huffington Post's political director, Democratic talking head on CNN, and, on Wednesday night, she became conservatives' current Enemy No. 1.
Apr 12, 2012 9:40AM ET
Mitt Romney's campaign has launched an all-out war against President Obama to win the ladies back. Unfortunately, the weapons at its disposal are quite limited.
Apr 11, 2012 6:25PM ET
Polls of Americans' economic behavior indicates the economy is gaining momentum, but voters haven't noticed. Even if they still think the economy is weak, President Obama has a surprising lead over Mitt Romney in North Carolina. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Apr 11, 2012 4:49PM ET
Scan a few racist websites and you'll find a pervasive fear that white people are persecuted and threatened with extinction. But this is actually just a bit of projection, because it's actually the people who make a living off being racist who are the endangered species.
Apr 11, 2012 1:06PM ET
Mitt Romney's campaign has made it pretty clear he won't have a running mate like Sarah Palin, one plucked from obscurity with only a couple years in office and little experience with foreign policy. Unfortunately, that describes pretty much all their non-Palin options.
Apr 11, 2012 9:34AM ET
Remember those crazy days when Mitt Romney was struggling to defend himself as conservative enough against Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential primary? When was that? Oh yes, yesterday.
Apr 10, 2012 6:12PM ET
Mitt Romney needed friends back in February, when it looked like Rick Santorum might actually beat him in the Republican presidential primary. Sadly, some friends rushed to his side only after Santorum said he was quitting the race.
Apr 10, 2012 4:42PM ET
Rick Santorum's "suspension" (read: termination) of his presidential campaign has caused an unintentional (we think) meme has sprung fully formed from Twitter's brain.
Apr 10, 2012 3:57PM ET
Unlike most of the Republican field, no one thought Rick Santorum was running to sell books or win a Fox News job. It's a good thing, too, because the most memorable moments of the Santorum campaign were accidents — most of them unhappy ones.
Apr 10, 2012 10:39AM ET
Obama will be giving a speech in Florida on Tuesday about the "Buffett Rule," which would make sure that rich guys like Warren Buffett won't pay a lower tax rate than middle class workers like their secretaries. It would make the tax code more fair, but as a new poll from ABC News and The Washington Post shows, fairness doesn't yet look like a winning strategy for Obama.
Apr 9, 2012 4:34PM ET
Like many high school rebels, Meghan McCain is prone to quoting the icons of like-so-don't-even-care-what-you-think teenage cool: Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain, and Hunter S. Thompson. The only difference is that Meghan McCain is 27-years- old.
Apr 9, 2012 3:08PM ET
If the National Rifle Association is so mad at Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar that it's launching an unusual primary campaign against him, why did it wait until now?
Apr 9, 2012 12:57PM ET
For a moment, Newt Gingrich could picture an amazing improbable victory for himself. But even Newt thinks that is not to be. Gingrich is but a shadow of the anti-Mitt Romney warrior he was only months ago.
Apr 9, 2012 10:55AM ET
White supremacists are rallying to John Derbyshire's side, but not without reservations.
Apr 6, 2012 7:45PM ET
National Review columnist John Derbyshire doesn't write the most racist stuff on the Internet -- not even close! But Derbyshire does effectively demonstrate, year after year, exactly how racist you can be and still get published by people who consider themselves intellectuals.
Apr 6, 2012 6:59PM ET
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is well known for loving guns and threatening vigilante violence, so it's pretty easy to guess what he'd think of Florida's Stand Your Ground law that has come under criticism after the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Apr 6, 2012 4:36PM ET
Activist Ralph Nader has written an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook urging the company to refuse the nearly $30 million in Texan taxpayer money already pledged to lure the company to build a $304 million campus in Austin.