Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 30, 2012 4:06PM ET
President Obama's campaign strategist David Axelrod chimed in Monday on the scandal surrounding the time Mitt Romney drove to Canada with his dog in a crate tied to the roof of his car in the 1980s.
Jan 30, 2012 2:33PM ET
In some exciting news (for media geeks), former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown announced she is giving $30 million to Columbia's journalism school and Stanford's engineering school so they can set up a joint "institute for media innovation."
Jan 30, 2012 2:04PM ET
Julian Assange is going to have a guest spot on the 500th episode of The Simpsons airing in February, and getting the elusive face of Wikileaks onto the show sounds like something out a spy novel, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Jan 30, 2012 1:54PM ET
The White House communications staff must have had a fun Monday as they denied rumors that Michelle Obama spent $50,000 on lingerie during a private shopping spree with the Queen of Qatar at a British boutique
Jan 30, 2012 9:45AM ET
Steve Coll on Iran, Gary Greenberg on the APA, Noah Feldman on Newt Gingrich, Grace-Marie Turner on RomneyCare, and Faiza Patel and Elizabeth Goitein on the NYPD.
Jan 26, 2012 5:33PM ET
After a probe resulted from reports that the CIA was helping the New York Police Department set up surveillance programs in the Muslim community, the CIA is removing its agent from the NYPD, reports the Associated Press.
Jan 26, 2012 4:38PM ET
An immigration group sent East Haven, Conn. Mayor Joseph Maturo 500 tacos to protest his now infamous comment that he might "eat tacos" to reach out to Latinos in the community.
Jan 26, 2012 2:42PM ET
The Weekly Standard drew attention Thursday to video of Vice President Biden discussing the outsourcing of call centers and briefly adopting an Indian accent.
Jan 26, 2012 12:43PM ET
Romney's joke on Letterman last year that "I'm the guy in the photo that comes in your picture frame," seems to be on everyone's mind this month.
Jan 26, 2012 12:37PM ET
President Obama spoke Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada at a UPS center to promote American-made energy and his "An America Built to Last" campaign, and he also addressed, at least implicitly, his Republican detractors.
Jan 26, 2012 9:44AM ET
Dana Milbank on Ben Bernanke, Ezra Klein on election year rhetoric, Amy Davidson on women at the State of the Union, Henry Levin and Cecilia Rouse on graduation rates, and Richard Thaler on corporate responsibility.
Jan 25, 2012 5:41PM ET
Newt Gingrich is raising some eyebrows for pledging Wednesday: "By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American."
Jan 25, 2012 4:35PM ET
Netflix reported a strong fourth quarter Wednesday and confirmed that the rapid exodus of subscribers following this summer's customer relations fiasco has come to an end.
Jan 25, 2012 3:40PM ET
There are some great photos coming out of Egypt Wednesday, the one year anniversary of the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak as thousands gathered in Tahrir to mark the anniversary and advocate more political reform.
Jan 25, 2012 2:56PM ET
Jim Romenesko had the smart, if random, idea to ask the folks at Target headquarters what they think of Kristen Wiig's "Target Lady" character, the friendly but incompetent employee who has abandoned customers at her register for years on live television.
Jan 25, 2012 2:20PM ET
Cuba's former president, Fidel Castro, wrote an op-ed in the state-run media today with some very harsh words about the field of American Republican candidates.
Jan 25, 2012 1:39PM ET
President Obama spoke in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wednesday afternoon to a company that builds conveyor belts, the first stop on his three day tour of five states, and he rehashed themes from Tuesday's State of the Union and emphasized the need to bring manufacturing jobs to America
Jan 25, 2012 12:33PM ET
The mayor of East Haven, Connecticut made a racially insensitive comment this week at a rather racially sensitive moment, and now he's learning that there are just some statements so dumb that they can't be blamed on media sensationalism.
Jan 25, 2012 9:42AM ET
Doyle McManus on the State of the Union, Dana Milbank on Newt Gingrich, Jeff Jacoby on the Massachusetts Senate race, Michael Wahid Hanna on Egypt, and Edward Alden and Liam Schwartz on visas.
Jan 24, 2012 5:39PM ET
Winning Our Future, Newt Gingrich's Super PAC, will spend a whopping $6 million on ads in Florida ahead of the primary to highlight Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care law.
Jan 24, 2012 4:21PM ET
Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, whom prosecutors charged with attempting to assassinate the president after he allegedly shot a gun at the White House while President Obama was away, has pled not guilty to the 17-count indictment.
Jan 24, 2012 2:39PM ET
Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of Egypt's military ruling council, announced the army will lift the state's emergency law, but reserved the right to use it in instances of "thuggery," thereby inspiring anything but confidence among critics of military rule.
Jan 24, 2012 1:40PM ET
With Tuesday's news that Debbie Bosanek, Warren Buffett's famed secretary, would attend the State of the Union as a guest of Michelle Obama, the media got a little hint about the subject of the president's speech (hint: taxes). Now we can put a face to a much-discussed name.
Jan 24, 2012 11:05AM ET
Last month, The Washington Post editorial page raised a few eyebrows when four columnists wrote harsh critiques of Newt Gingrich in a single day, making for, in the words of Ben Smith "the maximum Newt hate a newspaper can fit into a single page." Well, in Tuesday's paper, the Post has done it again!
Jan 24, 2012 9:36AM ET
Bret Stephens on the GOP candidates, Joe Nocera on the NCAA, George Will on Romney and Gingrich, Roger Cohen on Sarkozy, and Ron Klain on Iowa's voting dysfunction.
Jan 23, 2012 3:47PM ET
Sen. Rand Paul spoke to The Daily Caller after his very public claim that he was detained by the Transportation Security Authority in Nashville en route to a speech in Washington, saying "If you’re told you can’t leave, does that count as detention?"
Jan 23, 2012 3:19PM ET
This rejected cover image for Bloomberg Businessweek showing a bloodied and beaten Mitt Romney is making the rounds, reports BuzzFeed, and, boy, does it tell the story of Romney's week in cringe-inducing detail.
Jan 23, 2012 3:05PM ET
Senator John Kerry apparently showed up to an event at the White House honoring the Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins Monday in costume. Ouch!
Jan 23, 2012 2:01PM ET
Whoops. It looks like Sen. Chuck Grassley's account was hacked by an opponent of the anti-piracy laws SOPA and PIPA Monday afternoon.
Jan 23, 2012 9:43AM ET
Peter Beinart on Iraq and Iran, L. Gordon Crovitz on regulating the web, Bill Keller on bombing Iran, James Surowiecki on private equity, and Juliette Kayyem on Islam and Republicans.