Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 18, 2014 1:56PM ET
The Connecticut State Senate will consider a bill barring the "knockout game" that passed the state's Assembly partly on the strength of its sponsors' rationale: he has no idea how many such attacks there have been, but there has been "one too many."
Apr 18, 2014 12:07PM ET
What better way for Mitt Romney to exact his revenge against the man that beat him in 2012 than to work to ensure that Republicans retake the Senate?
Apr 18, 2014 10:29AM ET
News that eight million people enrolled in Obamacare provides strong evidence that one prevailing rationale for increasing enrollment was correct, and it isn't that demand was overwhelming: People got health insurance because they had to, as the conservative Heritage Foundation predicted decades ago.
Apr 18, 2014 9:35AM ET
Remember earlier this year when House Republicans said they would deal with immigration reform once the primaries were over? House Speaker John Boehner told a group of donors that they'll pass bills addressing the issue this summer.
Apr 17, 2014 5:45PM ET
Two of the most severe droughts in recent history — California now and Texas in 2011 and 2012 — are immediately obvious when graphed.
Apr 17, 2014 4:55PM ET
America, we are here with the answer to the question which you wanted to have answered: The first day Chelsea Clinton's just-announced baby will be eligible to be president is January 20, 2052.
Apr 17, 2014 4:36PM ET
Asked about the reality of an announced deal aimed at decreasing tension in Ukraine, President Obama was blunt. "I don't think we can be sure of anything at this point."
Apr 17, 2014 1:03PM ET
A press release from the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that 20-year BP employee Keith Seilhan used inside knowledge about the scale of the Deepwater Horizon disaster to avoid losing money on his BP stock.
Apr 17, 2014 12:14PM ET
After the Washington Examiner reported that a "veteran of House of Cards" was working on a reality show focused on young people on Capitol Hill, The Wire found the contents of one of the show's already-filmed scenes.
Apr 17, 2014 11:56AM ET
Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau released a statement on Thursday announcing that he plans to run for governor of the state of Delaware in 2016 according to NBC Philadelphia.
Apr 17, 2014 10:07AM ET
The New York Times ran two articles on possible/likely/obvious 2016 contenders on Thursday — Hillary Clinton and Rick Perry — making one clear point: having a solid political background is not always a huge asset.
Apr 16, 2014 6:13PM ET
After getting off a heated call with President Obama, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released a "blistering statement" faulting Obama for attacking him. According to the White House, however, Obama called to say happy Passover.
Apr 16, 2014 4:52PM ET
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law on Tuesday a measure that would ban cities from increasing their minimum wages above the state's. It's been hailed as move to protect jobs — but the evidence that it will actually do so is heavily disputed.
Apr 16, 2014 2:07PM ET
The Wire spent the morning talking about Heaven Is For Real, a movie about a kid that almost dies and claims to have then gone to Heaven. Then we talked about the times we have been in horrible torturous pain and whether or not we went to Heaven.
Apr 16, 2014 12:43PM ET
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul clarified a position which has come under fire: He opposes allowing Iran to get nuclear weapons and he opposes statements meant to demonstrate to America's opposition to its getting nuclear weapons.
Apr 16, 2014 10:33AM ET
There's some dimension out there in which Sebelius' tenure as HHS Secretary was a success, the sort of thing that would propel her to victory in the Kansas Senate campaign that she is currently considering. That dimension is not this one.
Apr 16, 2014 9:47AM ET
The showdown between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM has now moved into a new phase, marked not by the armed showdown long-desired by anti-government activists, but by the government slowly bringing the grinding weight of its legal powers to bear.
Apr 15, 2014 5:54PM ET
Around the world, no issue is considered more universally immoral than an extramarital affair, according to research published on Tuesday by Pew Research — but even that varies widely by country, as The Wire's maps show.
Apr 15, 2014 4:20PM ET
It's the way of teen fads, really. The once virulent online activism arguing that Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev was innocent of the Boston bombings is just whispers now, a few bedraggled Facebook pages peeling off of bedroom walls.
Apr 15, 2014 2:22PM ET
It is Tax Day in these United States, a good time to remind American citizens that taxes 1) aren't super fun to pay and 2) are used to pay for things you're not happy with and 3) this is the cost of being an American citizen in these United States.
Apr 15, 2014 12:21PM ET
2014 has been punctuated with little skirmishes on the topic of race. But now the debates have splintered, into at least four "this is about race" / "don't play the race card" skirmishes in recent weeks.
Apr 15, 2014 9:30AM ET
Republican leaders appear to be justifiably confident that they've kept far-right candidates from sinking their chances of retaking the Senate. Which simply means that the simmering conflict with Tea Partiers will wait until the GOP is in power.
Apr 14, 2014 6:04PM ET
Very few of the young Americans who carried President Obama to electoral victory in 2008 have chosen to follow him into public service. Which made us wonder: who inspired the current Congress to seek office?
Apr 14, 2014 4:59PM ET
Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Sunday deflected criticism of her party's opposition to equal pay laws by pointing to its historical support for women's suffrage. We checked, and her claims are largely true. But it doesn't mean a whole lot.
Apr 14, 2014 4:05PM ET
So somehow, US Airways' official Twitter account tweeted a picture of a nude woman with a toy airplane inserted into her vagina.
Apr 14, 2014 12:48PM ET
Into the bucket labeled "Small Bits of Good News that Will Not Change People's Minds on Obamacare", throw this: The CBO has reduced its estimate for how much Obamacare will cost and increased its estimate of how many people will be covered.
Apr 14, 2014 11:50AM ET
The choice on climate change is obvious: We can spend money now on reducing the likelihood of the worst effects of climate change, or we can not, and see what how much it costs over the long run.
Apr 14, 2014 9:30AM ET
No group of Americans is less happy about the taxes they pay than the wealthy, The Wall Street Journal reports, glossing over the fact that they are paying more in taxes in large part because they are seeing most of the increase in incomes.
Apr 11, 2014 5:05PM ET
It is Friday, and you need something to argue about at your it's-warm-enough-outside-to-have-a-party-outside-right outside party tonight, so here you go: The definitive taxonomy of rock music released prior to January 1, 2000.
Apr 11, 2014 2:20PM ET
Imagine a world in which single people could instantly be shown pictures of people within a few miles who fit within a certain age range. Ha ha: Surprise! That's America 2014.