Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 24, 2012 2:53PM ET
The big news out of the George Zimmerman trial today is that the defendant has officially pleaded "not guilty," and no, you're not crazy if you think that news sounds familiar.
Apr 24, 2012 1:57PM ET
CNBC reports that Facebook's much-ballyhooed IPO may be pushed from May to June due to "a string of acquisitions and other business distractions."
Apr 24, 2012 1:39PM ET
The Justice Department has filed its first criminal charges related to the massive Gulf oil spill in 2010, a watershed moment indeed, except that the charges aren't for the alleged crimes one might expect.
Apr 24, 2012 9:45AM ET
Gideon Rachman on the French elections, Ramesh Ponnuru on Reagan's memory, David Brooks on competition, Peter Beinart on anti-Mormonism, Peter Diamond and Emmanuel Saez on raising taxes
Apr 23, 2012 5:17PM ET
In the most discomfiting of petty crime news today, a Florida man will be charged with a felony for allegedly filling up on stolen soda with the complimentary water cup a cashier provided him at McDonald's.
Apr 23, 2012 3:34PM ET
With a headline-grabber that should be familiar to us all by now, Social Security trustees reported Monday that the program's trust fund will be totally depleted by 2033, three years earlier than they previously thought.
Apr 23, 2012 2:00PM ET
Mitt Romney and President Obama agree on something: They both want to keep interest rates on federal student loans low, a policy Obama was staking out as his own big issue until Mitt Romney just up and agreed with him while speaking to reporters Monday.
Apr 23, 2012 9:48AM ET
James Surowiecki on unemployment, Norman Matloff on software engineering, Arthur Hunter Jr. on Arizona's immigration law, Ann Marlowe on the U.S. military's photo scandal, and Karl Ove Knausgaard on the Breivik trial.
Apr 20, 2012 2:13PM ET
Rich Ross, once lord-of-the-tweens at Disney Channel with hits like Hannah Montana and High School Musical was, alas, not so successful in his role at Disney Studios; he resigned on Friday after Disney lost epic amounts of money on the film John Carter.
Apr 20, 2012 11:39AM ET
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan argued Friday that America is suffering from a "crisis of character," and while her decades of perspective are important in judging these trends, Noonan doesn't take into account how technology has changed that perspective over the years.
Apr 20, 2012 9:49AM ET
Andrew Exum on new technology in the battlefield, Ta-Nehisi Coates on Girls, Charles Krauthammer on the Discovery shuttle's flight, Michael Kinsley on Romney's success, and James Forman Jr. and Trevor Stutz on stop-and-frisk.
Apr 19, 2012 3:32PM ET
Levon Helm, singer and drummer for The Band, passed away at 71, after battling throat cancer.
Apr 19, 2012 2:48PM ET
We love how 7-Eleven's spokesperson responded to the latest non-scandal involving Mitt Romney saying wealthy-sounding things so much, we might run out and buy some cookies after this. (We're also hungry.)
Apr 19, 2012 2:11PM ET
The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg posted an interview Thursday with Matt Damon about the actor's NGO, Water.org, but as with a few other Goldberg interviews we can think of, things get slightly out of hand—in the best way possible.
Apr 19, 2012 9:43AM ET
Caroline Baum on BLS jobs numbers, Margaret Talbot on the "war on women," Joshua Green on Roger Clemens's trial, David Schulz on the press and Guantánamo, and Jim Sollisch on donating a kidney.
Apr 18, 2012 6:38PM ET
Things are looking worse for members of the Secret Service detail caught bringing prostitutes to their Colombian hotel. There's news that three employees "will separate from the agency."
Apr 18, 2012 5:07PM ET
Ah, Buzzfeed, from the moment news of Dick Clark's death began to spread on Twitter, we knew, oh how we knew, that you were preparing the inevitable "Some Number of People Don't Know Who Dick Clark Is" post.
Apr 18, 2012 2:44PM ET
The New York Times scored an interview with one of the prostitutes who slept with several U.S. Secret Service agents in Colombia, setting off a scandal here in the U.S., and The Times leads its story with a pretty oddly-selected quote from the Colombian woman.
Apr 18, 2012 1:37PM ET
In the wake of his seemingly threatening comments about President Obama, Ted Nugent told Glenn Beck Wednesday that there's an important addition to everything violent he ever says: "... in November at the voter booth."
Apr 18, 2012 1:04PM ET
New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman's call Wednesday for a third party candidate to run for president yielded an unusually high-volume round of mustache-bashing from bloggers, but this is all part of a cycle that's beginning to feel pretty rote.
Apr 18, 2012 9:37AM ET
Ann Patchett on the fiction Pulitzer, Ryan Lizza on Romney's government cuts, Maureen Dowd on the "mommy wars," Robert Leider on Stand Your Ground laws, and Clive Crook on Instagram.
Apr 17, 2012 5:18PM ET
Warren Buffett has announced to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that he got diagnosed with stage I prostate cancer, but that "my condition is not remotely life-threatening or even debilitating in any meaningful way."
Apr 17, 2012 2:34PM ET
Herein is our Reader's Digest version of Chris Christie's very winding thoughts on becoming Mitt Romney's vice presidential nominee as told to reporters Tuesday: He's not interested, unless he is.
Apr 17, 2012 9:44AM ET
Ramesh Ponnuru on Romney's focus on gender, Leonard Burman on the Buffett Rule, Marc Thiessen on Romney's gaffes, Bret Stephens on Bo Xilai's scandal, and Michael Tomasky on Obama's swagger.
Apr 17, 2012 8:00AM ET
The New Yorker senior editor and Close Read blogger begins her daily media consumption with a crucial question: Sports Center or Morning Joe?
Apr 16, 2012 2:37PM ET
G.S.A. regional commissioner Jeffrey Neely had a rough Monday as he very publicly invoked his 5th Amendment rights during a Congressional hearing into his agency's spending scandal, and photos of him and his wife doing all that aforementioned spending leaked around the internet, thanks to ABC New's Jake Tapper.
Apr 16, 2012 1:18PM ET
For the first time in 16 years, it appears ABC's Good Morning America may have finally beaten NBC's The Today Show in weekly ratings, but it wasn't the during the Katie Couric-Sarah Palin death-match. The New York Times's Brian Stelter credits the inimitable Sherri Shepherd, a member of The View's day-time debating panel.
Apr 16, 2012 9:42AM ET
Jackson Diehl on Obama's delay tactics, Mohamed Keita on African journalism, Juliette Kayyem on Indonesia's tsunami prep, L. Gordon Crovitz on journalism on the internet, and Adam Gopnik on Mad Men nostalgia
Apr 13, 2012 5:15PM ET
Politico's Dylan Byers has maybe finally answered the question on many regular New Republic readers' minds as soon as they heard that Facebook's Chris Hughes had purchased the political biweekly from Marty Peretz: Would Peretz keep blogging there?
Apr 13, 2012 4:06PM ET
This is as official as it's probably going to get with these two: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, or Brangelina if you must, will be gettin' hitched, though their publicist says there's no hard date, just "a promise for the future."