Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 24, 2012 3:32PM ET
The New York City board of health held a public hearing on the Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of sugary soft drinks over 16 oz. Tuesday, allowed citizens, representatives from the beverage, movie, and restaurant industries, and city officials to express their thoughts, including Holocaust references.
Jul 24, 2012 1:46PM ET
Fox News's morning show Fox and Friends certainly has the most original rebuttal to President Obama's "you didn't build that" speech that we've seen: The hosts interviewed Clara and Eliza Sutton, two lemonade stand owners and pundits-in-waiting aged seven and four. Seriously.
Jul 24, 2012 9:35AM ET
Mark Ragins on reacting to Aurora, Joe Nocera on the Penn State sanctions, Arthur Herman on modernizing the Pentagon, Charles Lane on European gun sales, and DeWayne Wickham on Michele Bachmann.
Jul 23, 2012 5:19PM ET
The vetting of campaign ad stars continues: Jack Gilchrist, the New Hampshire businessman disgruntled with President Obama's "you didn't build that" line and the star of Mitt Romney's "These Hands" ad, has reportedly received some government help for his business through the years.
Jul 23, 2012 3:47PM ET
A little more than a year after the death of stereo magnate Sidney Harman, his estate is no longer willing to help fund Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Reuters' Peter Lauria reports.
Jul 23, 2012 9:06AM ET
Jill Lepore on the election, Jackson Diehl on the Olympics and the press, Josh Barro on Obama and the rich, Michael Gerson on AIDS prevention, and Seth Goldman on Bloomberg's soda ban
Jul 20, 2012 5:24PM ET
Former President George W. Bush, for the second election in a row, won't be attending the Republican National Convention, a move that makes sense if you imagine that he probably wanted to attend about as much as the Romney campaign wanted to have him there.
Jul 20, 2012 3:51PM ET
Lost creator and writer Damon Lindelof suggested, and then quickly retracted, an idea that those headed to see The Dark Knight Rises pay respect to victims of the Aurora, Colorado, shooting with a moment of silence.
Jul 20, 2012 9:41AM ET
Peggy Noonan on communication failures, Mark Edmunson on online education, Joshua Green on Romney's campaign strategy, Barack Obama on cybersecurity, and Taner Akcam on Turkey's human rights
Jul 19, 2012 3:17PM ET
Two companies have managed to keep the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System, also known as a drone, in flight for over 48 hours by using lasers on the ground to recharge the aircraft's battery mid-flight. That's terrifying and cool.
Jul 19, 2012 3:05PM ET
In the days since fans erupted with rage at the first negative review of The Dark Knight Rises, there have been several more sour takes on the film, but because most of the film's staunch defenders haven't actually seen the movie, their only tool is the ad hominem attack.
Jul 19, 2012 9:36AM ET
Juliette Kayyem on Bachmann's crusade, Gail Collins on the VP picks' writings, Michael Kinsley on Romney's faith, Joseph Thorndike on tax returns, and Maggie Shipstead on weddings.
Jul 18, 2012 3:32PM ET
Mitt Romney is giving a town hall in Bowling Green, Ohio, and in response to a woman's assertion that President Obama is a "monster," Romney replied, "That's not the term I would use."
Jul 18, 2012 1:34PM ET
John McCain gave a pretty forceful floor speech Wednesday morning in defense of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff (and Anthony Weiner's wife), whom a few House Republicans have suggested is part of a Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the American government.
Jul 18, 2012 12:08PM ET
Some experts greeted China's announcement in June that The Great Wall is actually about 2 and a half times longer than previously thought with skepticism, suggesting their motives might not be purely archaeological.
Jul 18, 2012 9:48AM ET
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen on Mexican drug crime, Ta-Nehisi Coates on Joe Paterno's statue, John Lloyd on London's Olympics gloom, Peter Orszag on summer vacation's harm, Clifford Winston on the driverless car
Jul 17, 2012 4:48PM ET
The Knicks are declining to match a $25 million offer from the Houston Rockets for point guard and sensation Jeremy Lin Tuesday, so off he will go to Houston, leaving nothing but five-month-old memories of Linsanity.
Jul 17, 2012 2:21PM ET
Supporters of President Obama have learned a valuable lesson from a laid-off steelworker in a popular anti-Bain ad who has gone off the reservation: just because someone doesn't like Mitt Romney doesn't mean they're an Obama supporter.
Jul 17, 2012 2:06PM ET
Steve Almond's take-down of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart in The Baffler further proves that serious people seem to like when funny people are serious, but funny people aren't much in the market for serious people to join their ranks. And serious people hate that.
Jul 17, 2012 9:41AM ET
Ramesh Ponnuru on the GOP's defense spending hypocrisy, Richard Cohen on the Bain debate, Luigi Zingales on ethics at business school, Frank Bruni on selfishness in America, and John Podhoretz on Romney's apology demands.
Jul 16, 2012 4:37PM ET
Woe unto Marshall Fine, the film critic whose negative review of the massively anticipated Christopher Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, was the first negative one to hit Rotten Tomatoes.
Jul 16, 2012 1:23PM ET
It's not just international dictator gossip that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his mystery lady seem more and more like a married couple. Analysts are scrutinizing the public appearances for signs for how the young Kim's emerging leadership style will veer away from his father's.
Jul 16, 2012 9:29AM ET
Tom Coburn on Grover Norquist, Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change, David Lampo on the GOP and gay rights, Albert Hunt on candidates' fiscal plans, and Megan McLemore on protection for sex workers.
Jul 13, 2012 5:08PM ET
Richard Zanuck died of a heart attack Friday, Variety's Steve Chagollan reports, and it's a fitting time of year to remember the 77-year-old Oscar-winning producer, since he helped create the phenomenon we all call the summer blockbuster movie.
Jul 13, 2012 4:16PM ET
Following reports that News Corp. was putting The Daily "on watch" for its big losses, Jesse Angelo, the iPad newspaper's editor, has lashed out against the rumors and the media organizations making them.
Jul 13, 2012 3:05PM ET
Irvin Goldman, who oversaw risks at JPMorgan until those risks led to a $2 billion $5.8 billion loss in May, has officially left the firm, all this on a big news day (Friday the 13, indeed) for the bank.
Jul 13, 2012 2:21PM ET
Sure, the White House's reaction to the ongoing controversy over the Chinese-made U.S. Olympics team outfits was a little more tepid than, say, Harry Reid's, Nancy Pelosi's, or, um, Donald Trump's, but it's clear that this issue is not going away any time soon.
Jul 13, 2012 9:36AM ET
Peggy Noonan on Condie for VP, Eugene Robinson on Paterno's shame, Joshua Green on Bush's tax cuts, Benjamin Sachs on pensions and Citizens United, and Newt Gingrich on power outages.
Jul 12, 2012 5:16PM ET
President Obama revealed what he believes is "the mistake" of his first term, during a sit down with CBS This Morning's Charlie Rose Thursday, and it's kind of... not the mistake we're used to hearing about from his opponents.
Jul 12, 2012 4:04PM ET
The internet fiends at Reddit are requesting that Newark Mayor Cory Booker participate in an "Ask Me Anything" session with them, and the request's ascent to the Reddit front page shows the large national profile the mayor has.