Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 7, 2011 1:43PM ET
Rod Blagojevich, who's managed to avoid jail time since infamously trying to sell then-congressman Obama's Senate seat, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday.
Dec 7, 2011 12:38PM ET
Today in academia: commencement buzz, a finals season library protest, the skinny jeans ban, the latest ROTC on-campus arrival and mixing fake drinks for credit.
Dec 7, 2011 9:57AM ET
Discovered: how far cockroaches can jump, a lifespan myth debunked, glass half-full on cancer prevention and, yes, bedbugs get even more gross.
Dec 7, 2011 8:11AM ET
The potentially hilarious Donald Trump moderated GOP debate has had few contenders sign up so far, and Jon Stewart made it clear last night why they might be hesitant: Trump "can't ever let anything go."
Dec 6, 2011 5:27PM ET
Thanks to two heavily retweeted witnesses who said that he'd been kicked off a plane, the Internet has been full of speculation about what was going on with 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin on an American Airlines flight before he responded on Twitter.
Dec 6, 2011 3:51PM ET
A couple GOP strategists, Ari Fleischer and Nicholas Thompson, have some words of advice on how best to attack the president: stick to branding him a flip-flopper and skip the personal critiques because people actually like the president as a person.
Dec 6, 2011 1:28PM ET
Today in academia: employers aren't happy, free tuition for life, where the professors party, Goldman Sachs gets avoided, and lots of incidents of SAT irregularities.
Dec 6, 2011 10:51AM ET
Discovered: diamond planets, crocodiles and nuclear plants, a psychedelic revival and the random facts about the left-handed.
Dec 6, 2011 8:10AM ET
Jon Stewart is sorry to see any Pokémon-quoting candidate suspend his campaign, so to memorialize Herman Cain's run coming to an end, he cued up his own inspirational moments from Pokémon: the Movie 2000.
Dec 5, 2011 4:58PM ET
With Newtmentum still chugging along, Mitt Romney has unveiled a secret weapon to halt his sluggish polling: an endorsement from former vice president Dan Quayle?
Dec 5, 2011 3:28PM ET
It's several times larger than Earth and 600 light years away, but a newly discovered planet, Kepler-22b, is also said to be 72 degrees--and NASA's Kepler mission has named it as a planet that's just enough like the one where humanity currently resides.
Dec 5, 2011 1:43PM ET
Today in academia: Finals season begins, the highest paid college presidents, Oxford's many trademarks, and Obama's scheduled chat about steep tuition.
Dec 5, 2011 11:32AM ET
Discovered: citizen scientists, when gossip is good, ominous global warming stats to skip over, and some more terrible things about apple juice.
Dec 2, 2011 2:36PM ET
What it means, no one seems to be quite sure, but Herman Cain will announce something he thinks is "major" on Saturday in Atlanta.
Dec 2, 2011 1:56PM ET
It's an announcement that feels perfectly appropriate for this election cycle: Donald Trump has agreed to moderate a debate sponsored by Newsmax right before the Iowa caucuses.
Dec 2, 2011 12:24PM ET
Today in academia: dumpster diving, infomercials, cheating scandals, changing UPenn's name and the sociology of all things Jay-Z.
Dec 2, 2011 10:17AM ET
Discovered: a 'dirty secret' of science, StarCraft's research value, how exercise effects the depressed, and three's a trend when it comes to doctor hygiene studies.
Dec 2, 2011 8:34AM ET
Jon Stewart tried to keep the tone light in his appraisal of a Bloomberg News report showing that the cost of bank bailout during the financial crisis was much bigger than anyone thought, but there seemed to be palpable outrage when he quipped: "Our government is the world's dumbest loan shark."
Dec 1, 2011 5:42PM ET
When we think of dogs serving in the military, the conjured images might be of the formidably enhanced heros that assisted the Navy SEAL team take out bin Laden--maybe not the estimated 5 percent of K9's who, like many soldiers, are also suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dec 1, 2011 3:36PM ET
GOP pollster Frank Luntz has advice for Republicans on how to talk about Occupy Wall Street: don't use the word "capitalism," shift the class war conversation to one on "hardworking taxpayers" and never use the word "bonus" to talk about executive bonuses.
Dec 1, 2011 1:41PM ET
Today in academia: Penn State reports more applicants this year, M.B.A's are forgoing non-profit work, ROTC is getting comfortable at Yale, and some schools that don't leave students with as much debt.
Dec 1, 2011 10:39AM ET
Discovered: cheaper DNA sequencing, a hopeful HIV mouse study, chewing gum for weight loss, when robots act self-aware, and a math model to identify the origin of one's beer.
Dec 1, 2011 8:35AM ET
Last night, Brian Williams did another thing that firefighting blogs might chide a former volunteer firefighter like himself for doing: he concocted a fake alarm to interrupt Jon Stewart during a clip reviewing Williams unflappable on air alarm moment on Tuesday.
Nov 30, 2011 2:53PM ET
Speaking to Neil Cavuto, Herman Cain was more specific on the timetable for reassessing his campaign: "A week from now I will have made a final decision."
Nov 30, 2011 1:52PM ET
Mayor Bloomberg, who always fends off the suggestion that he'll make a run at the White House, had to spell out why he's just as powerful where he's sitting in Manhattan: "I have my own army," for one.
Nov 30, 2011 1:19PM ET
Today in academia: a warning label for higher education, maintaining urgency over rising tuition costs, a single-sex dorm complaint gets dismissed and finally getting used to video game-based classes.
Nov 30, 2011 10:23AM ET
Discovered: a more competitive age group, why that person who never sleeps has so much energy, learning from weightless space worms and the latest salvo in the "legalize it" debate.
Nov 30, 2011 8:17AM ET
Last night Jon Stewart bid a brief farewell to Barney Frank, who, he notes, might just be missed most by the conservatives who were giddy at the news of the 16-term congressman's upcoming retirement.
Nov 29, 2011 5:23PM ET
It turns out the "Greenwich asset managers win the $245 million jackpot to the chagrin of everyone" story may be more complicated: the people you see slightly smiling pictured may have just been collecting the money for a client, according to a neighbor who has talked with plenty of media outlets.
Nov 29, 2011 3:25PM ET
Previously, Rick Perry has shown that he is capable of remembering two out of three things at a time, but on Tuesday, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, he reportedly forgot both the United States voting age and the date of the general election.