Today's Five Best Columns
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Mar 26, 2012 5:12PM ET
Calling Russia our "number one geopolitical foe" in a CNN interview Monday, Mitt Romney rather unproductively distracted everyone from focusing on the critique he was making of President Obama.
Mar 26, 2012 2:06PM ET
Rick Santorum would definitely serve as Mitt Romney's vice presidential nominee if asked, he said Monday, in comments that come shortly after Santorum pseudo-suggested we all should just vote for Obama if Romney gets the nomination.
Mar 26, 2012 1:30PM ET
The Orlando Sentinel reports Monday that witnesses lent support to the version of events George Zimmerman gave police after he shot and killed the unarmed Trayvon Martin, but we're left wondering just who these police witnesses are, what they said, and where they've gone.
Mar 26, 2012 9:38AM ET
Eran Ben-Joseph on parking lots, John Cassidy on Mitt Romney, Lawrence Summers on the recovery, Fred Hiatt on North Korea, and Tom Nassif on guest workers.
Mar 23, 2012 5:18PM ET
Friday marked a small but significant landmark in the now two-year history of the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" -- President Obama's team used the word "ObamaCare" -- long the preferred pejorative for the law on the right -- in a campaign e-mail to supporters and asked Twitter followers to use it, too.
Mar 23, 2012 3:47PM ET
Belvedere Vodka is getting some much deserved backlash on social media after they posted an ad on their Facebook and Twitter pages Friday that seems to make light of sexual assault.
Mar 23, 2012 2:15PM ET
In a quote that's bound to give him a heck of a lot of trouble, Newt Gingrich said, when asked why so many voters continue to mistakenly believe President Obama is a Muslim, that he shouldn't act like such a Muslim.
Mar 23, 2012 9:36AM ET
Eugene Robinson on Trayvon Martin, Howard Kurtz on disinterest in the campaigns, Michael Kinsley on age discrimination, Jack Shafer on covering presidential kids, and Witold Rybczynski on Eisenhower's memorial.
Mar 22, 2012 4:59PM ET
A knock-off website for clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is selling pants using an offensive racial slur, and enough people on social media have been fooled into thinking the site is official that "Abercrombie & Fitch" is a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
Mar 22, 2012 4:07PM ET
Dick Durbin announced Thursday that the Senate will hold a hearing to look into practice of paying sports players bounties to injure others, because, of course, Congress loves a good professional sports scandal.
Mar 22, 2012 12:42PM ET
With a primary win and a big-name endorsement, Mitt Romney could have had a better news cycle Wednesday had the media not been far more entertained by the gaffe his adviser made about campaigns-as-Etch-A-Sketches. Did his campaign bring it on itself?
Mar 22, 2012 9:40AM ET
John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham on Afghanistan, Margaret Carlson on Etch-A-Sketch, Nicholas Thompson on Apple, Nicholas Kristof on psychology and personal politics, and Bill Maher on giving offense.
Mar 21, 2012 5:26PM ET
On Wednesday, political reporters jumped on Mitt Romney's statement that it was George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, who saved the economy in 2008. Why? Because Republican candidates usually do their best to avoid talk of the most recent two-term Republican president altogether.
Mar 21, 2012 4:39PM ET
People are having some fun with the story about notable ambush-video journalist Jason Mattera publishing what he thought was a hard-hitting interview with U2's Bono, but what was, in fact, a hard-hitting interview with a Bono impersonator.
Mar 21, 2012 4:28PM ET
Politico reported Wednesday that the Bloomberg View editorial criticizing Greg Smith's Goldman Sachs op-ed that Michael Bloomberg thought so highly of was written by Bloomberg columnist Michael Kinsley.
Mar 21, 2012 3:11PM ET
Here's the most disconcerting thing we've read this afternoon: an explainer from Mark MacKinnon, The Globe and Mail's China correspondent, on why reporters can't really nail down hard information about rumors of a coup in China. Wait, a coup in China?
Mar 21, 2012 2:28PM ET
Kony 2012 filmmaker Jason Russell's family released a statement Wednesday to say doctors believe his very public breakdown last week resulted from "a brief reactive psychosis," continuing their campaign to make sure the public ruled out the possibility that Russell might have been using drugs or alcohol.
Mar 21, 2012 12:08PM ET
Veteran professional GOP primary watchers are starting to sound a wee bit bored: Mitt Romney won big in Illinois, but because they all saw it coming (it's their job to make accurate predictions, after all) nothing has changed in the presidential race.
Mar 21, 2012 9:37AM ET
Dana Milbank on Paul Ryan's budget, Angelo Izama on Uganda, Scot Lehigh on Rick Santorum, Peter Orzag on water shortages, and Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. on hackers.
Mar 20, 2012 5:52PM ET
CNN reports that President Obama plans to "expedite the permit" for the Keystone XL pipeline's southern portion, which looks like a public play to appear responsive to higher gas prices even as it comes just a few months after Obama blocked the natural gas pipeline's original permit.
Mar 20, 2012 4:48PM ET
The biggest donor to the Romney Super PAC was Bob Perry, most well-known for funding the Swift Boat ads that helped defeat Sen. John Kerry in 2004, notes The Washington Post's Aaron Blake, who made the good catch while looking through the latest FEC filings.
Mar 20, 2012 2:49PM ET
Rick Santorum decided Tuesday to politicize the vacation destination of Malia Obama just hours after Newt Gingrich got up in arms over a joke Robert De Niro made about first ladies: Yep, it's been a banner day in the race to manufacture campaign issues.
Mar 20, 2012 2:14PM ET
We wondered Tuesday morning why Ben Bernanke was offering a live-streamed lecture series to college students on the history of the Federal Reserve, and now we have at least one answer: He's reaching out to young people -- the young people who conveniently make up a core constituency of notorious Fed-antagonist Ron Paul.
Mar 20, 2012 9:40AM ET
George Packer on Sergeant Bales, Emily Bazelon on Dharun Ravi, Jeffrey Goldberg on Israel and Iran, Dana Milbank on the Supreme Court, and Bryan Walsh on gas prices.
Mar 19, 2012 6:30PM ET
Mitt Romney's campaign gets a turn at playing the partial-quoting game after Rick Santorum made the mistake of saying, "I don't care what the unemployment rate's gonna be. It doesn't matter to me," at a campaign event on Monday.
Mar 19, 2012 5:26PM ET
Apple announced Monday that they had sold 3 million of their new iPads in the opening weekend, blowing away the nearly 1 million iPad 2s they sold when that device launched last year.
Mar 19, 2012 3:39PM ET
Rush Limbaugh has added singer Cee-Lo Green to the list of folks he thinks the media is letting off as they criticize the radio show host for his attacks on a Georgetown Law student.
Mar 19, 2012 2:23PM ET
In a speech Monday, Mitt Romney debuted some colorful language -- by Romney's buttoned up standards, at least -- to attack the Obama administration for over-regulation, and, from our vantage, he got a few facts mixed up.
Mar 19, 2012 9:36AM ET
David Ignatius on Bin Laden, L. Gordon Crovitz on Enyclopaedia Britannica, Noah Feldman on Afghanistan withrdrawal, James Surowiecki on Uniqlo and labor, and Mary Anastasia O'Grady on the Pope's visit to Cuba.
Mar 16, 2012 6:20PM ET
Ugandan official are putting together a military force to capture warlord Joseph Kony, but they would really like to stop hearing about "Kony 2012" from Westerners.