Today's Five Best Columns
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Aug 10, 2012 5:20PM ET
Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, the hip hop duo that makes up Insane Clown Posse is pretty unhappy with the FBI for labeling their fan-base, known as Juggalos, as a "loosely-organized hybrid gang," so unhappy that they're suing.
Aug 10, 2012 2:35PM ET
Jon Huntsman Sr., who was subject of some speculation that he's the Bain investor who leaked knowledge of Romney's tax returns to Harry Reid, flat out denied any role in the story, but he is as curious as Reid to see more Romney returns
Aug 10, 2012 2:07PM ET
American Crossroads released a video Friday calling on President Obama to repudiate a Priorities USA ad that links Mitt Romney to a woman's death from cancer, and in it, they show a lot of skepticism that the Obama campaign operates independently from the Priorities Super PAC.
Aug 10, 2012 9:48AM ET
Jonathan Alter on past elections, Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik on the election's decisive dates, Jonathan Chait on Paul Ryan, Ta-Nehisi Coates on Romney's culture, and Ruth Marcus on Louise Mensch.
Aug 9, 2012 5:22PM ET
Jay Penske, CEO of Hollywood digital publishing company PMC, which owns Deadline.com among others, was arrested early Thursday morning along with his brother Mark after what the police report sketches out as a decidedly unglamorous evening on Nantucket.
Aug 9, 2012 4:30PM ET
Donald Trump tells us in the latest "From the Desk of Donald Trump" vlog that "lots of people have been asking me to review plays and movies," (presumably these conversations happened in private) so he's obliging with a review of Mike Tyson's one man show, Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth. (Now on Broadway!)
Aug 9, 2012 2:43PM ET
Former Clinton lawyer Lanny Davis expressed his displeasure with what we at The Atlantic Wire are calling the Romney-cancer ad, proving that if the Romney camp can't adequately take advantage of an opportunity, a Democrat will have to do it for them.
Aug 9, 2012 11:42AM ET
Greta Van Susteren, Bill O'Reilly, and his reporter Juliet Huddy are being sued by one Aviva Nash, who runs a New York-based drumming business, for their broadcasts on a scandal during which the Fox News personalities took amusingly predictable stances on both the issues of Government Services Administration spending, and the idea of drumming in unison.
Aug 9, 2012 9:39AM ET
Ezra Klein on the tax reform challenge, Ellen Ullman on computerized trading bugs, Arjun Sethi on Sikhs in America, Steve Coll on domestic terrorism, and Nicholas Kristof on Syria.
Aug 8, 2012 5:06PM ET
It is indeed the doldrums of August, a time when political campaigns become dull and repetitive and our pool reporters start to get a little slaphappy, as evidenced by the hilariously detail-laden Romney pool report.
Aug 8, 2012 4:45PM ET
The cast of Jersey Shore put out a PSA with MTV and Funny or Die to get the young'uns to the ballot box in this election, and we'll admit it, we're charmed by the Jersey Shore cast-is-super-informed schtick.
Aug 8, 2012 1:52PM ET
Ted Cruz, who recently beat out Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in the Republican primary for Senate, will get a "key speaking slot" at the Republican National Convention, CNN reports, giving Romney's Tampa party a little more street cred with the Tea Partiers.
Aug 8, 2012 1:25PM ET
Talk of London Mayor Boris Johnson making a bid for Prime Minister got some steam when Rupert Murdoch reportedly backed the idea, but there's at least one guy who isn't so sure about the whole thing: Yep, Boris Johnson.
Aug 8, 2012 9:43AM ET
William Moseley on the drought, Masha Lipman on Pussy Riot, Maureen Dowd on Obama, Dana Milbank on Bain, and Edward Glaeser on city parking.
Aug 7, 2012 4:33PM ET
As Mitt Romney's vice presidential announcement draws nearer, political reporters are undoubtedly revving up their efforts to be first to scoop the name of Romney's pick, and to get a sense of what that's like The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone has a great set piece Tuesday documenting the veepstakes of elections past.
Aug 7, 2012 2:34PM ET
Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle has gone public with a complaint that an opponent's campaign mailer saying he "goes both ways" is trying to suggest he's bisexual: Mr. Quayle, meet the Streisand Effect.
Aug 7, 2012 12:00PM ET
Ramesh Ponnuru's Bloomberg View column arguing that a revived version of CNN's Crossfire could rescue the political debate on cable news has elicited opinions from many a pundit Tuesday, so we think there's only one way to settle it ... From Washington, it's (Atlantic Wire) Crossfire!
Aug 7, 2012 9:36AM ET
Michael Rich on perfecting crime prevention, Farah Stockman on the Tea Party, Fred Crupp on climate change, Michael Gerson on Romney's faith, and Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers on empirical economics.
Aug 6, 2012 4:27PM ET
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has walked back—or let's just say "updated"—his comments that it was a mistake to select Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate in 2008.
Aug 6, 2012 2:58PM ET
Last January's very viral, very gross story about a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed he'd found a mouse in his can of Mountain Dew has finally come to a close, with the defendant, Ronald Ball, reaching some undisclosed settlement with Pepsi.
Aug 6, 2012 2:22PM ET
The White House said Monday that President Obama would support exempting Olympic medalists from the taxes they'd typically pay on their winnings, backing up a proposal Sen. Marco Rubio's proposed last week.
Aug 6, 2012 1:51PM ET
Warner Brothers announced Monday that Baz Luhrmann's 3D version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has been postponed from this December to summer 2013, bringing several more months of anticipating/fearing the very gaudy looking adaptation.
Aug 6, 2012 12:45PM ET
NASA's 'Curiosity' Mars rover landed on the red planet Monday, and because pretty much everything is political until November, at least a few of President Obama's detractors have turned it into the least convincing rebuttal to his "You didn't build that" speech ever.
Aug 6, 2012 9:36AM ET
Susan Crawford on the Olympics and the Internet, Peter Beinart on Romney's taxes, Josh Barro on Chick-fil-A's defense, Richard Hasen on voter fraud, and Bill Keller on leaks.
Aug 3, 2012 3:31PM ET
The Tennessee Democrats have asked that people write-in a candidate of their choice rather than vote for the party's nominee to face Sen. Bob Corker, reports The Tennessean, and that's because the guy who won the Democratic primary, Mark Clayton, sounds ... let's just say not that mainstream.
Aug 3, 2012 2:05PM ET
Fine, we get it: Even this year's big swimming breakout celeb Ryan Lochte pees in the pool, you guys.
Aug 3, 2012 11:36AM ET
Mitt Romney's travelling campaign spokesman Rick Gorka will be taking some time away after he got so frustrated at reporters that he exclaimed, "kiss my ass," and what's entertaining to us about this sabbatical is that it extends the time "family newspapers" will write about the incident without actually writing about the incident.
Aug 3, 2012 9:41AM ET
Ezra Klein on Romney's tax plan, Peggy Noonan on the campaign, William Reilly on fuel efficiency standards, Stephen Carter on inequality, and Joshua Green on demographics.
Aug 2, 2012 3:17PM ET
NBC is dropping its paywall and allowing people to stream the 200 meter men's individual medley race featuring rival teammates Ryan Lotche and Michael Phelps, according to All Things D, which is sort of an interesting concession to the many who aren't super happy the network is keeping the best races for primetime
Aug 2, 2012 2:43PM ET
Slate editor David Plotz revives interest Thursday in a great piece of Abraham Lincoln writing.