Today's Five Best Columns
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Aug 2, 2012 9:37AM ET
Jared Diamond on Romney's 'culture' argument, Juliette Kayyem on India's power outage, Steve Salbu on Chick-fil-A, Michael Kinsley on success, and Robert Samuelson on medical imaging.
Aug 1, 2012 5:04PM ET
When North Korean state media released this delightful photo of newly(ish?)-wed Kim Jong Un on a roller coaster ride, discerning viewers wondered at the identity of the white guy grinning a few rows ahead of him, and at long last Mother Jones magazine has sussed it out: He is Barnaby Jones, a British diplomat at the embassy in Pyongyang
Aug 1, 2012 3:36PM ET
While criticizing the "complicated and burdensome mess" that is our tax code, Marco Rubio proposed an exemption on the taxes Olympic medalists pay on their prize winnings Wednesday.
Aug 1, 2012 2:26PM ET
Republicans held a press conference on Wednesday to protest the Obama administration's requirement that private insurers cover birth control, which goes into effect today, and Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania wins the award for most sensational rhetoric.
Aug 1, 2012 12:03PM ET
"There is no such thing as August," reports The Washington Post's Dan Zak on this, the first day of August. But, rest assured readers: We've double-checked Zak's reporting, and it appears to be a false alarm. August does, in fact, exist.
Aug 1, 2012 10:03AM ET
Ed Kilgore on the Texas primary, Sanjay Gupta on medical mistakes, David Ignatius on anti-leak legislation, Handel Reynolds on mammography, and Steven Rattner on bank regulation.
Aug 1, 2012 8:24AM ET
Gail Collins, New York Times columnist and author most recently of As Texas Goes... buys three newspapers every morning and hopes Jon Stewart won't scoop her at night.
Jul 31, 2012 3:10PM ET
Good news: The federal government came to a spending agreement Tuesday, most likely avoiding a shut-down long before most of us started seriously started stressing about it.
Jul 31, 2012 1:34PM ET
President Obama donated $5,000 to his campaign he announced Tuesday, mostly, it seems, so that he could e-mail supporters about it.
Jul 31, 2012 9:35AM ET
Gideon Rachman on Romney's foreign policy, Lauren Collins on Jordyn Wieber's loss, Josh Barro on 'You didn't build that,' Joe Nocera on the Postal Service payments, and Michael Auslin on the South China Sea
Jul 30, 2012 4:44PM ET
Followers of beefed up Twitter performance artist baseball player Jose Canseco will not be surprised that his debut column for Vice, all about the Aurora theater shootings and gun control, is not the most convincing argument we've seen.
Jul 30, 2012 3:43PM ET
The Democratic Party appears likely to put support for same-sex marriage on its platform this year, a move that months ago would have been interesting for putting the party at odds with President Obama, but following his personal support for marriage equality, now serves as a big sign of how far the issue has advanced
Jul 30, 2012 1:44PM ET
Jonah Lehrer has resigned from The New Yorker on the same day Michael Moynihan makes pretty convincing case in Tablet Magazine that Lehrer invented, deceptively patched together, or at best could not provide documentation for several quotes he attributed to Bob Dylan in his book Imagine: How Creativity Works.
Jul 30, 2012 9:35AM ET
Albert Hunt on one-term presidents, Steve Coll on Romney's trip abroad, John Sununu on party conventions, Raymond Bonner on lethal injection, and Richard Muller on his climate change conversion.
Jul 27, 2012 3:44PM ET
In what is surely the weirdest story we've seen all day, the costume for Wally the Green Monster, the mascot of the Boston Red Sox, went missing from Fenway Park, and what elevated it beyond ho-hum theft (at least for us) was the suspicion that the culprit was wearing the suit about town.
Jul 27, 2012 3:22PM ET
Chick-fil-A Vice President of Corporate Public Relations Donald Perry passed away Friday, reportedly from a a heart attack, according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Leon Stafford, who reports the sad news that coincides with a pretty heavy P.R. week for Perry's company.
Jul 27, 2012 2:50PM ET
There are a couple of unpleasant stories coming out Friday in the wake of last week's Aurora, Col. mass shooting.
Jul 27, 2012 12:51PM ET
As the national political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte approach, we're starting to see signs of an election year tradition: News stories about sex and the delegates—a fairly simple and always sensational tale, but one that should maybe stop surprising us.
Jul 27, 2012 9:40AM ET
Michael Bloomberg on the NRA, Fareed Zakaria on Romney's foreign policy, Stephen Carter on NCAA sanctions, Nicholas Watt on Romney in Britain, and Stephen Marche on art and violence.
Jul 26, 2012 5:42PM ET
Days after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy saying his restaurant wasn't welcome in his city, he's backtracking completely.
Jul 26, 2012 3:44PM ET
While hyping her new morning talk show, Katie Couric mentioned that she's asked Sarah Palin to come on the show, an idea we support if only because they might talk about their last face-to-face, but so far, "no response" from Palin, Couric says.
Jul 26, 2012 2:08PM ET
The grossest news of the day comes out of San Francisco, where officials say that a prime reason escalators in their BART public transit stations break down is the voluminous amounts of human excrement that "gum up" their gears.
Jul 26, 2012 12:58PM ET
In the days since Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno each suggested they wouldn't allow a Chick-fil-A franchises to build in their cities, a lot of people, including supporters of gay marriage, aren't so sure they're acting legally.
Jul 26, 2012 9:34AM ET
Dana Milbank on Romney and defense cuts, Michael Kinsley on changing public opinion, George Will on the Texas Senate race, Andrew Jensen on gun control, and Lisa Biagiotti on AIDS in the rural South.
Jul 25, 2012 6:38PM ET
The Commission on Presidential Debates released dates and details Wednesday so mark your calendar for a tension-filled Halloween season!
Jul 25, 2012 2:19PM ET
Despite Chick-fil-A's attempts to walk themselves out of the culture war surrounding their president's comments on gay marriage, Rich Santorum, one of 2012's most prominent culture warriors, is boldly entering the fray, stomach first.
Jul 25, 2012 1:13PM ET
Jimmy Kimmel had a hilarious segment Tuesday night during which celebrities read aloud from cruel tweets written about them, but if the morning-after reactions of those whose rude missives were featured are any indication, the cruel celebrity-haters of the internet cannot be shamed.
Jul 25, 2012 11:05AM ET
The Hill newspaper has released it's annual want-but-can't-look-away of a listicle: The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People, which rounds up the most attractive politicos the swampland has to offer. The big news this year: Democrats have are now just as attractive as Republicans.
Jul 25, 2012 9:40AM ET
Gary Alan Fine on Penn State's victories, Robert Samuelson on the deficit, Peter Orszag on privatizing the Postal Service, Craig Whitney on the gun control debate, and Margaret Carlson on Yahoo's new CEO.
Jul 24, 2012 6:15PM ET
Ask Jim Henson Company why they're no longer partnering with Chick-fil-A and they'll cite the restaurant president's views on homosexuality, but ask Chick-fil-A why their toys are no longer for sale and they'll blame "potential safety concerns."