Today's Five Best Columns
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Jun 14, 2012 9:40AM ET
Nicholas Kristof on Iran, George Will on school elections, Joan Vennochi on Scott Brown's pact, Ezra Klein on a new start-up, and Steve Kornacki on Obama and Bush
Jun 13, 2012 5:29PM ET
Our post on keeping kids safe on Facebook inspired some interesting discussions on parenting in the comments.
Jun 13, 2012 4:48PM ET
Not that we needed another piece of evidence for the cultural hegemony of the red Solo cup, but the internet gave us one anyway Wednesday when a clever blog post about the meaning of the ridges on the iconic college party cup took the Internet by storm.
Jun 13, 2012 3:19PM ET
Your frightening tech news of the day comes from The Economist, which reports that weapons designers are developing a "self-aiming bullet."
Jun 13, 2012 2:39PM ET
Here's a new entry in our apparently on-going examination of our favorite Texas election law: A city council race in Webster, Texas was decided by the roll of a dice.
Jun 13, 2012 2:20PM ET
We've heard of single stories getting the Hollywood treatment, but this is unusual: An entire issue of New York Magazine devoted to scandals in the city, has been optioned for a possible television series by Sony Pictures Television, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jun 13, 2012 2:01PM ET
In every election to follow 2000 the Bush-Gore cliffhanger, pundits have wondered, could the most dramatic presidential election in living memory happen again (and thus throw us into another month of rapt pundit-watching on cable TV)? Spoiler alert: Yes! But it probably won't!
Jun 13, 2012 9:40AM ET
Maureen Dowd on the Sandusky trial, Nathaniel Frank on gay parenting, John Dickerson on Jeb Bush, Richard Arenberg on the filibuster, and David Mason on Mormonism.
Jun 12, 2012 6:05PM ET
The Atlantic Wire's Richard Lawson put forward several theories Tuesday for the American television watcher's recent fit of anglophilia, but none of them were quite so bluntly stated as the theory of our featured commenter, HFgm: British TV is better.
Jun 12, 2012 5:14PM ET
Newsweek has been making a name for itself with a string of newly salacious cover images, but not all the provocative ideas end up in print, as editor Tina Brown explained in a video on Newsweek's Tumblr.
Jun 12, 2012 3:26PM ET
Mitt Romney declined to say Tuesday whether he would waive his salary as president as he did in Massachusetts as governor, but he did offer up hints at another tweak to the chief executive's pay: performance bonuses.
Jun 12, 2012 2:30PM ET
The hospital hosting Ronald Poppo, the homeless man whose face was chewed up by a drug-addled man, released some (very graphic) photos and details documenting his recovery, and now we can look forward to the end of the not terribly funny "zombie apocalypse" meme.
Jun 12, 2012 1:58PM ET
MSNBC host and Mika Brzezinski hair stylist Joe Scarborough wrote a column for Politico describing his easy decision to vote for Ron Paul in the Republican primary (in which Ron Paul isn't really competing).
Jun 12, 2012 9:37AM ET
Katrina vanden Heuvel on administration leakers, Joe Nocera on Europe's crisis management, Ramesh Ponnuru on Wisconsin, Frank Bruni on the 2012 race, and Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers on the death penalty.
Jun 6, 2012 8:51AM ET
Michael Tomasky on Walker's win, Scot Lehigh on filibuster reform, Garrett Epps on the Prop. 8 ruling, Christopher Fettweis on the Afghan withdrawal, and Mark Bittman on the soda ban
Jun 5, 2012 5:57PM ET
On Tuesday the commission set up to investigate a Chicago police torture scandal dating to the 1970s finally made its first recommendations on what cases to bring to court, but yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reports, the Illinois legislature defunded the entire project.
Jun 5, 2012 4:58PM ET
Obesity Warrior Michelle Obama came out in support of Mayor Bloomberg's controversial ban on the sale of high volume sugary drinks, but she hedged it about as much as one can.
Jun 5, 2012 4:06PM ET
The Paycheck Fairness Act, supported by Democrats, failed to get the 60 votes it needed to get past a Republican block in the Senate, in what the A.P. is calling "a choreographed showdown."
Jun 5, 2012 3:15PM ET
Boston Globe reporter Jenifer McKim's oddly scientific article on "lax bros" is (intentionally?) funny because she strikes the tone of an enthused but non-native anthropologist, something of a Crocodile Dundee observing a rare beast.
Jun 5, 2012 12:53PM ET
How could we possibly be expected to handle work on a day like this? If The Atlantic Wire had its way, we wouldn't, for we've long advocated June 5 become officially designated Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Jun 5, 2012 9:44AM ET
Margaret Carlson on the Wisconsin recall, Rowena Xiaoqing He on Tiananmen, Ezra Klein on the Keynesian case for Romney, Alan Watson on the Queen's influence, and Jay Pasachoff on Venus's transit.
Jun 4, 2012 6:52PM ET
In Monday's Washington Post, Monica Hesse revisits an annual conundrum: how to dress for the D.C. summer in an air conditioned office that often feels like winter. It's a complaint as regular as the changing of seasons. But is it valid? We discuss.
Jun 4, 2012 3:47PM ET
Here we have the kind of story-as-bad-metaphor through which reporters can freely pretend to see whatever they want to see: a broken urinal soaked the press gallery at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
Jun 4, 2012 1:56PM ET
Mitt Romney's graphics team misspelled (and randomly hyphenated) the words "sneak peek," typing "sneak-peak" instead, in a minor campaign graphic this weekend to the glee of snarky political watchers who fondly remember last week's little "Amercia" incident.
Jun 4, 2012 9:33AM ET
Fred Hiatt on presidential leadership and the deficit, William D. Cohan on Facebook's small investors, Anne Applebaum on the Diamond Jubilee, Preet Bharara on combating cybercrime, and Juliette Kayyem on writing columns.
Jun 1, 2012 6:06PM ET
Deftly demonstrating a "Friday news dump," Mitt Romney has released his financial disclosure records. He's doing just fine, financially speaking.
Jun 1, 2012 3:40PM ET
Would you trust your e-reader to re-edit Tolstoy? As Fast Company's Neil Ungerleider reports, bloggers discovered that Barnes and Noble's Nook readers contain a universal find-replace on the word "Kindle,"substituting it with "Nook" in War and Peace.
Jun 1, 2012 2:49PM ET
As of now, it's still unlikely that this will translate into action, but Warren Buffet responded to an open letter from a New Orleans musician to say, "Naturally I've been following the Times-Pic situation with interest." With interest!
Jun 1, 2012 1:37PM ET
Oral histories, in which TV creators and stars wax on about our favorite shows in the pages of magazines, are like crack for fans, and Marc Spitz's oral history of The Wire in Maxim is no exception.
Jun 1, 2012 9:34AM ET
Peggy Noonan on the candidates' missteps, Noah Feldman on China's pseudo-censorship, Timothy Egan on presidents with business experience, Bob Edgar on ALEC's lobbying, and Maggie Severns on teaching non-English speaking children.