Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 7, 2014 11:19AM ET
Less than an hour after the surprise vote ending a Republican filibuster blocking unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, President Obama on Tuesday made his case for why Congress should pass the final bill.
Jan 7, 2014 10:08AM ET
Congressional Republicans, fingers to the wind, are ready to do something about poverty and the income gap. Not extending unemployment insurance or raising the minimum wage, probably, but something. TBD.
Jan 6, 2014 4:17PM ET
Americans who've been out of work for half a year or more look different than the newly unemployed. They're older, slightly better educated, and less likely to be white.
Jan 6, 2014 1:36PM ET
Ben Sasse, who's running for Senate in Nebraska, has an idea: Move the nation's capital to his home state. And you know what? I agree.
Jan 6, 2014 12:09PM ET
Here's a Hollywood pitch that Republican messaging guru Frank Luntz might, at last, have some luck with: "Sometimes, the hardest message for a famous communications consultant to craft is the one about himself."
Jan 6, 2014 8:35AM ET
Technically, Hillary Clinton isn't sure if she's running for president. Practically, a massive ecosystem of Democratic consultants and campaign hands have already swung into campaign mode.
Jan 3, 2014 6:43PM ET
Joining the ranks of squares who oppose smoking pot was Joe Scarborough on the Friday edition of Morning Joe. Marijuana, he said, "just makes you dumb" — but, then, basically everything is dumb according to Scarborough.
Jan 3, 2014 4:04PM ET
The White House announced new executive actions aimed at making the system of background checks for gun purchases more robust. Previous executive actions, however, haven't lead to any significant increase in failed applications.
Jan 3, 2014 1:38PM ET
America's second-favorite American Idol contestant from the show's second season is apparently thinking about running for Congress. If he did, he'd come in second.
Jan 3, 2014 12:17PM ET
Americans For Prosperity, the Koch-founded conservative PAC, is running $2.5 million in ads against three Senate Democrats focusing on Obamacare. Why now? Three reasons: It has the law, time, and a big bank account on its side.
Jan 3, 2014 10:19AM ET
We don't want to alarm you, but some kids who smoke weed grow up to be professional columnists who rail against drug use without understanding the deeper racial implications of their arguments. Scary, right?
Jan 2, 2014 5:57PM ET
The city of Chicago — 2012 murder capital of the United States and totally-not-because-of-Obama whipping boy for conservatives — had fewer murders last year than at any point since the 1960s.
Jan 2, 2014 3:35PM ET
Peter King told Fox News that The Times is "a disgrace" that doesn't "care about American lives being lost" in the wake of the paper's pro-Snowden editorial. He said worse in 2006.
Jan 2, 2014 2:13PM ET
Guys, did you hear that a "global warming" expedition got trapped in ice and also it's been pretty cold recently? Yes, you did, because both stories have been used as a rationale to deny the existence of climate change.
Jan 2, 2014 12:46PM ET
The combined net worth of the richest people in the world climbed $524 billion in 2013 — an amount far more than you will ever see in your entire life. Allow us to do the math for you.
Jan 2, 2014 10:28AM ET
"Grab Your Guns," the Mossberg firearms company suggests on its page announcing a new line of weapons co-branded with the Robertson family of Duck Dynasty fame. Which is precisely what this debate needs: more firepower.
Jan 2, 2014 9:54AM ET
When Congress returns next week, the Senate and House will begin work on vastly differing policy priorities. Voters are skeptical that the government can get anything done — a skepticism that, given it's an election year, is warranted.
Jan 1, 2014 10:31AM ET
Ready to feel ancient? People born in 2014 are already hours and hours old! Ready to feel even older? Here are a number of totally normal things that people born as recently as 2014 will never experience.
Dec 31, 2013 8:39AM ET
Giving birth at midnight on New Year's Eve? You need a name that will sound cool for the ages. In 2012, no state predicted trendy names better than California — so we looked to see what California might recommend.
Dec 30, 2013 8:56AM ET
Which (possible) 2016 candidate was the best in 2013? The worst? We made a list.
Dec 27, 2013 3:18PM ET
New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio plans to ban Central Park's horse-drawn carriages. Should he? We debate!
Dec 27, 2013 12:38PM ET
In some good news for the NSA, a federal judge has determined that the bulk collection of phone metadata is lawful — using every conceivable argument put forward by NSA defenders to do so.
Dec 27, 2013 11:56AM ET
When 1.3 million people who've been out of work for months lose their unemployment benefits tomorrow, it may lower the unemployment rate. But not only because they're suddenly inspired to start filling out job applications.
Dec 27, 2013 9:55AM ET
Millions of people will soon get coverage under Obamacare. If you've been railing against people getting kicked off of their plans, what do you do next? The best political answer may be simple. Nothing different.
Dec 26, 2013 5:53PM ET
A white guy in Texas punched an elderly black man in the jaw, so of course he gets charged with a hate crime, because he's white. White people are always the victims. Also: the perpetrator allegedly used a racial slur.
Dec 26, 2013 3:27PM ET
"The guy is from Argentina, they haven't had real capitalism in Argentina," Rep. Paul Ryan said last week about Pope Francis. With a wave of Ryan's hand, the tension between his party and his faith is swept away.
Dec 26, 2013 2:00PM ET
Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple and other noteworthy books and poems, has run down her favorite things of 2013. They include Edward Snowden, a conspiracy theorist, and a reptilianism expert.
Dec 26, 2013 1:09PM ET
For only a $50 million investment, the Chamber thinks, it can keep the GOP from hurting business after 2014. The old establishment has come roaring back — but the Tea Party has already won the fight for the party's soul.
Dec 26, 2013 11:32AM ET
In September, 217 members of Congress voted to dramatically cut food stamp availability. Also, they would like to wish you a merry Christmas, and ask that you remember the spirit of the season.
Dec 26, 2013 9:18AM ET
Two-thirds of Americans think Congress is the worst that it's been in their lifetimes. And since a key measure of Congress' performance is "doing something," the data backs that opinion up.