Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 10, 2014 8:26AM ET
Buried deep in the video database of the Internet Archive is footage of one of the first Winter Games — Lake Placid in 1932. The Olympics have changed since then; they're safer, smarter, and lamer.
Feb 7, 2014 5:32PM ET
One of the five Olympic rings failed to open at a key moment in today's Opening Ceremony. For those watching at home though: no problem. A non-flawed segment from one of the practice runs was swapped in.
Feb 7, 2014 4:37PM ET
Today The Weinstein Company releases Vampire Academy, yet another YA take on vampires, but how do these bloodsuckers differ from your other varieties?
Feb 7, 2014 4:13PM ET
Meet David Shing, the incongruously titled Digital Prophet for AOL. His appearance on MSNBC's The Cycle on Friday attracted quite a bit of attention online. What he said, less so!
Feb 7, 2014 3:27PM ET
Pat Roberts has represented the great state of Kansas in the U.S. Senate since 1997, bringing "Kansas values to Washington." Not that he actually lives in Kansas.
Feb 7, 2014 1:25PM ET
Speaker John Boehner appeared to drop the other shoe on Republican immigration reform efforts, saying that he "never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year." This may have simply been smart politics.
Feb 7, 2014 12:30PM ET
The NSA's vaunted cell phone metadata collection program only collected about 30 percent of all such information as of last summer.
Feb 7, 2014 8:51AM ET
Vice President Joe Biden can only think of one reason not to run for president in 2016: He wouldn't be able to drive Corvettes. That's it. We went ahead and thought of several others.
Feb 6, 2014 5:42PM ET
People visiting Sochi should "watch their backs," California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told CNN's Jake Tapper. At the same time, the TSA announced new restrictions on carrying liquids and gels on planes.
Feb 6, 2014 4:42PM ET
Vice President Joe Biden compared LaGuardia Airport in New York City to a third world country. To which we say: People who live in Delaware houses should not throw stones.
Feb 6, 2014 1:33PM ET
Following months of insinuation that he is an accomplice to a crime, Glenn Greenwald told Salon's Brian Beutler that he plans to return to the U.S., essentially on a dare. "On principle I’m going to force the issue."
Feb 6, 2014 12:29PM ET
Attention, media: Hillary Clinton will do things between now and 2016 that 1) may not warrant media coverage and 2) may not be related to running for president.
Feb 6, 2014 11:42AM ET
In a particularly poorly considered bit of reassurance, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak said Sochi's problems were being exaggerated. How'd he know? Video surveillance of a shower. Oh.
Feb 6, 2014 11:04AM ET
It turns out that the obviously-made-up story about how Tom Sizemore gave Bill Clinton Elizabeth Hurley's phone number and she flew out to sleep with the president was in fact made up.
Feb 6, 2014 9:34AM ET
We'll make a tentative assessment: The fever — finally — has broken, and it's possible that cooler heads could prevail all the way until Republican primaries in a few months.
Feb 5, 2014 5:32PM ET
Fifty-one of 88 countries at Sochi have never won a Winter medal. Seventeen of them will have only one shot in one sport with one athlete to change that history. These are the Games' real underdogs.
Feb 5, 2014 2:35PM ET
The travails of the early-arriving press corps to Sochi are categorically amusing: unfinished hotels, bizarre signs, undrinkable water. But some of the problems seem … condescending? Let us review.
Feb 5, 2014 1:00PM ET
So far the House Republican strategy on raising the debt limit has been akin to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic after it's already settled on the ocean floor.
Feb 5, 2014 11:40AM ET
Tom Sizemore told two friends that then-President Clinton flew Elizabeth Hurley to the White House to sleep with her. On occasion, guys tell braggy stories with little connection to reality.
Feb 5, 2014 11:07AM ET
The Wall Street Journal editorial board went with an interpretation of new Congressional Budget Office data that suggests, incorrectly, that Obamacare is a job-killer. Its job is opinion, not data analysis.
Feb 5, 2014 9:20AM ET
Sandra Fluke has decided not to seek the Congressional seat held by retiring California Rep. Henry Waxman. Instead, she'll run for the State Senate — which is an altogether better idea.
Feb 5, 2014 8:51AM ET
"I'm running for Congress," American Idol contestant-turned-pop-singer Clay Aiken tweeted Wednesday morning to his (rather unimpressive?) 49,000-or-so followers. He will not win.
Feb 4, 2014 3:29PM ET
The U.S. Senate just approved the compromise Farm Bill. In the classic tradition of Farm Bills, it's a big mix of money for food programs and funding for farmers — helping two largely disparate groups of people.
Feb 4, 2014 1:59PM ET
Sen. Mark Warner was asked by a local radio station whether or not he supported deporting Justin Bieber. "Um, as a dad?," he replied, "Is there some place I can sign?" We're calling the race for Warner right now.
Feb 4, 2014 12:06PM ET
The medium-term effects of Obamacare will likely be fewer hours worked and lower incomes for most income brackets. Expect to hear a lot about this — but not a lot about the significant caveats that apply.
Feb 4, 2014 10:40AM ET
Ted Cruz has suddenly decided that being hated isn't that fun and isn't great politics. Republicans are welcoming him — especially those eager to coddle his conservative fans.
Feb 4, 2014 9:44AM ET
On Tuesday morning, the House Republican caucus debated between two possible debt ceiling hostages: demanding Keystone pipeline approval or pulling a rug out from under Obamacare. This is about November, not February.
Feb 3, 2014 5:21PM ET
A wave of overdoses along the East Coast linked to fentanyl-laced heroin has led to speculation that Philip Seymour Hoffman was killed by a similar blend. The envelopes found next to Hoffman's body and the details of the other deaths offer no evidence — so far — that it was.
Feb 3, 2014 4:23PM ET
The Wire staff remembers our favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman performances—on film and on stage. Which would we recommend to anyone looking to remember Hoffman through his work?
Feb 3, 2014 2:21PM ET
Retailers that catered to middle-class consumers are finding it increasingly hard to do business, because the only growth in spending has been among the richest Americans. Here's what that looks like.