Today's Five Best Columns
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May 23, 2012 1:34PM ET
Time's cover this week features another mother-son pairing, but since it's Mitt Romney and his mom, Lenore, it's likely to be less buzzy than the magazine's last mother-boy pairing. Inside, you'll also find Mark Halperin's interview with a sniffling Romney.
May 23, 2012 9:32AM ET
Steve Rattner on Bain and jobs, Richard Grenell on gay Republicans, Reuel Marc Gerecht and Mark Dubowitz on Iran talks, Holman W. Jenkins Jr. on Facebook's IPO, and Dana Milbank on banking regulations
May 22, 2012 4:56PM ET
The Congressional Budget Office warns that the scheduled tax increases and spending cuts slated for next year affectionately known as "the fiscal cliff" would in fact lead to a recession, according to their newly released analysis.
May 22, 2012 4:04PM ET
A video of South Carolina AFL-CIO President Donna Dewitt smashing a piñata with the face of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is going viral Tuesday, and though she tells The National Review's Katrina Trinko she doesn't regret the game, she probably should.
May 22, 2012 2:28PM ET
Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn said on MSNBC Tuesday he had a problem with Mitt Romney and Bain Capital "raping companies and leaving them in debt," a poorly selected metaphor that even his friends don't much like.
May 22, 2012 1:45PM ET
Every now and again Google's homepage Doodle rises above the level of novelty, and the fully functional Moog synthesizer they have planned for tomorrow, is certainly one of the more notable in recent memory
May 22, 2012 1:45PM ET
The long rumored news that former Democratic congressman Artur Davis is considering a Congressional run as a Republican means journalists will have to find a new go-to guy to fill the role of "dissatisfied black Democratic critic of President Obama."
May 22, 2012 9:34AM ET
Charles Lane on gas prices, Jeffrey Goldberg on the TSA, David Brooks on private equity, Harry J. Enten on the Hillary-Biden switch, and Frank Bruni on political spouses.
May 21, 2012 3:36PM ET
Good news for America's snoozing layabouts in need of some soft news: ABC's Good Morning America is branching out with a newly announced afternoon show, creatively titled ... Good Afternoon America.
May 21, 2012 2:43PM ET
How did one of the perfectly apt descriptions of a product come about? When it comes to "pink slime" (AKA, lean finely textured beef), it turns out the name arose in exactly the way you'd expect.
May 21, 2012 12:25PM ET
In recent years, Congress has gone from speaking at an 11th level to a 10th grade level, according to a report from the Sunlight Foundation featured on NPR Monday, and while it's easy to see this as an example of our dumbed-down discourse, it seems more like a sign that our politicians are becoming better at communicating.
May 21, 2012 9:39AM ET
James Surowiecki on Facebook's IPO, Michael Medved on the popular vote, Garry Kasparov on the Russian alliance, Noah Feldman on Mormon assimilation, and Roderick MacFarquhar on Bo Xilai
May 18, 2012 5:51PM ET
In this week's The New York Times Magazine, Well columnist Tara Parker-Pope asks, "Does Facebook turn people into narcissists?" which, when paired with The Atlantic's own recent cover story by Stephen Marche, "Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?" leads us to wonder whether we're all a bunch of isolated self-obsessed twits.
May 18, 2012 3:10PM ET
Just days after General Motors decided to pull all its Facebook advertising, deeming it "ineffective," the automaker has decided it won't be advertising on the Super Bowl broadcast either. Broadcast networks, consider yourselves warned.
May 18, 2012 2:28PM ET
The Associated Press is highlighting a fun story: a Texas city council election resulted in a tie, and rather than spend the city's money on a re-vote, the candidates decided to just flip a coin, which is apparently something that Texas election law actually allows.
May 18, 2012 9:35AM ET
Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein on partisanship solutions, George W. Bush on the Arab Spring, Charles Krauthammer on Obama's gay marriage arguments, Paul Krugman on the euro's collapse, and Joshua Green on the filibuster.
May 17, 2012 5:42PM ET
Americans Elect announced that they officially won't be fielding a third party presidential candidate after all, the group said in a statement Thursday.
May 17, 2012 4:15PM ET
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Mitt Romney answered a question on a statement he made about Reverend Jeremiah Wright by saying, "I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said. Whatever it was."
May 17, 2012 2:36PM ET
Breitbart's senior management appended a long editor's note to their post that "exposes" a promotional booklet from President Obama's literary agency in 1991 that describes him as "born in Kenya," and their justification for running with it is ridiculously thin.
May 17, 2012 1:52PM ET
Dealbook's Evelyn M. Rusli reports that the music-sharing company Spotify is raising money as part of a deal that values it at $4 billion, and fresh off this morning's enormous $1.5 billion valuation for Pinterest, we can't help but fear this is more evidence of a social media bubble.
May 17, 2012 11:57AM ET
This week, several media outlets rediscovered an old New York Times chart that tells you how popular your birthday is, ranking each day of the year from 1 to 366. While it's fun to learn the most common birthdays in the U.S., it's much more fun to think about the most popular conception dates!
May 17, 2012 9:32AM ET
Gustin Reichbach on medical marijuana, George Will on subsidized college loans, Ezra Klein on American decline, Michael Tomasky on Romney and the Tea Party, and E.J. Dionne on Romney's praise for Clinton
May 16, 2012 4:05PM ET
We had some fun Monday with The Washington Post's report that Henry Kissinger, wheelchair bound and unrecognized by TSA security guards, underwent a "full Monty" patdown, but ever the Realpolitik practitioner, Kissinger himself didn't take too much issue with the incident
May 16, 2012 2:15PM ET
Herman Cain hosted a somewhat random press conference Wednesday to announce (for the second time!) that he's endorsed Mitt Romney, a man who has no Republican competitors in his race for president.
May 16, 2012 9:30AM ET
Margaret Carlson on Rob Portman, Tom Frost on big banks, Ruth Marcus on John Edwards, Holman W. Jenkins Jr. on Facebook's IPO, and George Packer on Biden and LBJ
May 15, 2012 4:34PM ET
It's the second biggest George W. Bush endorsement of the day: The former president is now a cat person.
May 15, 2012 3:21PM ET
General Motors is ending their $10 million ad campaign with Facebook, reports The Wall Street Journal, because the automaker determined their ads "had little impact on consumers."
May 15, 2012 11:47AM ET
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon may be having a rough time after his bank lost $2 billion on a bad trading position, but it does not mean he is sparkly on the inside.
May 15, 2012 9:40AM ET
Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers on economics of gay marriage, Jonathan Macey on J.P Morgan, Frank Bruni on Republicans and marriage, Michael Gerson on Romney's Liberty University speech, and Atossa Abrahamian on dual citizenship.
May 14, 2012 4:00PM ET
A wheelchair bound 89-year-old Henry Kissinger was submitted to a "full Monty" pat down (per The Washington Post's In the Loop) from the TSA at New York's LaGuardia Airport Monday.