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May 31, 2012 5:28PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
May 31, 2012 4:47PM ET
There's a delightful little post on The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog in which author Thomas Beller has his iPhone stolen by kids in New Orleans that reminded us of a delightful little New York Times essay from 2006 in which Thomas Beller dropped his iPod on New York City subway tracks.
May 31, 2012 4:06PM ET
Mitt Romney had a decent shot at owning the news cycle Thursday when he hosted a press conference in front of Solyndra, every conservative's favorite (Obama) mistake. Talk about bad timing.
May 31, 2012 1:15PM ET
A Federal Appeals court in Massachusetts ruled Thursday that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the Constitution by denying federal benefits to same-sex couples and though it's a narrow ruling, it's still a victory for same-sex marriage advocates as the case makes its way ever-closer to the Supreme Court.
May 31, 2012 11:46AM ET
Reading Bloomberg View Thursday morning, it's easy to imagine that like Newsweek, the site had gone retro in tribute to Mad Men with Amity Shlaes' column on sexual harassment sounding a little too much like throwback to the pre-enlightenment world of the AMC show.
May 31, 2012 9:30AM ET
Amy Davidson on the 'kill list,' Michael Kinsley on military interventions, Alec MacGillis on the Polish gaffe, Matthew Miller on education reform, and Karen Fingerman and Frank Furstenberg on moving in with one's parents.
May 30, 2012 6:08PM ET
Mitt Romney's painless decision to release his birth certificate in response to rumors that he might be a unicorn has given those who love to hate birthers ample opportunity to riff on their flaws.
May 30, 2012 5:28PM ET
The predictable outcome from this morning's news that police had detained News of the World editor-turned-David Cameron aide Andy Coulson is in: Coulson has been arrested and charged with perjury.
May 30, 2012 3:53PM ET
Work and life are often difficult to balance, but Bloomberg makes it even harder with two seemingly opposing stories this week.
May 30, 2012 1:36PM ET
The Sunlight Foundation just launched a really fun, vast new site called "Politiwoops" that collects all the tweets that politicians have deleted from their Twitter feeds in the past six months
May 30, 2012 11:24AM ET
The Los Angeles Times' Michael Memoli has a very fun profile of Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday, focusing on his "everyman appeal," but some points in the portrait actually provide a neat primer—paging, Mitt Romney!—for talking about personal wealth with voters.
May 30, 2012 9:33AM ET
Chen Guangcheng on China's lawless government, Joshua Green on birtherism's origins, Ruth Marcus on Romney's parents, Ron Adner on electric cars, and Emma Keller on Michelle Obama's new book.
May 29, 2012 5:09PM ET
Research in Motion, makers of the Blackberry, released a huge dump of foreboding news about the state of their struggling company today and it's left people asking, is this the end for RIM?
May 29, 2012 3:49PM ET
The ceremony honoring President Obama's Medal of Freedom recipients, who will receive the nation's highest civilian honor, is going on right now took place Tuesday.
May 29, 2012 1:58PM ET
The Washington Post's Twitter feed reached 1 million followers Tuesday, so they put together a fun tribute by embedding the images of their Twitter followers' profile pictures into an interactive graphic.
May 29, 2012 12:19PM ET
In the long tribal dance between reporters and politicians we call the veepstakes, the latest way to make prospective vice presidential candidates squirm is to ask them about the vetting process.
May 29, 2012 9:15AM ET
Joe Nocera on banking regulation, Bret Stephens on Iran negotiations, Ramesh Ponnuru on free trade, DeWayne Wickham on Mitt Romney's education plan, and Philip Gourevitch on intervention in Syria.
May 25, 2012 5:10PM ET
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is proving himself to be a pretty handy politician as mayor of Chicago as you can see in this awesome photo, tweeted out by ABC News' Dan Lopez.
May 25, 2012 2:50PM ET
You know people are really getting stir crazy when the dressing and flirting habits of a friendly group of female jurors start attracting whispers among court watchers
May 25, 2012 2:25PM ET
The hilarious news that a 19-year-old entrepreneur secretly lived on AOL's Palo Alto campus for months reminds us of a very similar story from 2000 and makes us wonder just how closely we're repeating the history of the '90s tech boom and bust.
May 25, 2012 1:37PM ET
As we enter Memorial Day weekend, the season of celebrity commencement speeches is drawing to a close once again, and among the many loftier bits of rhetoric graduating seniors are bound to forget, our nation's elite speakers imparted some valuable life lessons.
May 25, 2012 9:33AM ET
Stephen Carter on the 'faculty lounge,' Joshua Green on private equity, Michael Kinsley on China, Charles Krauthammer on the Nationals, and Tom Manion on Memorial Day.
May 24, 2012 1:32PM ET
Paul Fussell, author, cultural critic, and "public curmudgeon" in the words of his New York Times obituary, died Wednesday at 88.
May 24, 2012 12:15PM ET
A story going around this week about hundreds of Harry Potter fans abandoning the pet owls they foolishly adopted provides us with opportunity to revisit an important lesson: Stop adopting animals because they looked cute in a movie!
May 24, 2012 9:44AM ET
Steve Coll on quitting Facebook, Ezra Klein on Romney's governorship, Thomas Hart Jr. on the high-speed rail, Jonathan Alter on negative campaigns, and Laurence Bherer and Pascale Dufour on Quebec's draconian law
May 23, 2012 6:08PM ET
The New York Times's Jackie Calmes has a great story about an "aw"-inducing photo that's hangs in the White House's West Wing showing President Obama leaning over to allow a 5-year-old boy to touch his hair.
May 23, 2012 4:48PM ET
Hewlett-Packard announced Wednesday that they will cut about 27,000 jobs by the end of 2014 in order to save up to $3.5 billion, so that's obviously not great news for the economy.
May 23, 2012 4:21PM ET
A very gross magazine spread featuring a crude Photoshop of conservative commentator S.E. Cupp in Hustler magazine has provided everyone with occasion to point out that you cannot say crude things about women, regardless of their politics.
May 23, 2012 2:43PM ET
After Hawaii quit trolling Arizona's Secretary of State Ken Bennett for asking them to just maybe double-check that Obama was born in the U.S., and sent him the verification of the president's birth records, Bennett says he's sufficiently convinced and Obama will appear on ballots this November.
May 23, 2012 2:23PM ET
The jury has handed Google a major win in its case with Oracle over whether the search giant violated patents by using some of Oracle's code for its Android apps, The Next Web reports.