Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 13, 2014 3:02PM ET
The new-found GOP interest in addressing poverty has seized upon an old argument: more marriage. It's an appealing argument for conservatives, blending social values with a bit of anti-government do-it-yourself-ism. But that doesn't mean it would work.
Jan 13, 2014 1:31PM ET
The real corruption being exposed by this whole Gov. Chris Christie bridge closure story is President Obama's. Or so Republicans claimed on the Sunday political talk shows, and in print, and online.
Jan 13, 2014 11:59AM ET
New Jersey's Assembly announced a committee on Monday given subpoena power to investigate the scandal over traffic jams in the town of Fort Lee. Mayors of other towns have things they'd like to have looked at, too.
Jan 13, 2014 11:05AM ET
The Supreme Court returns to the job this week to tackle free speech, presidential appointments, and the role of the bankruptcy court, among other things. Here are the questions they're hoping to answer.
Jan 13, 2014 9:41AM ET
In the waning days of her 2008 campaign, staffers for Hillary Clinton put the final touches on a list of people that they considered to have betrayed the candidate. The problem with losing, however, is that its hard to exact any revenge.
Jan 10, 2014 10:19AM ET
In the middle of a weird weather week, the EPA quietly published one of its first significant climate proposals. Warming reality notwithstanding, we're entering a ferocious new era of Washington climate brawls.
Jan 9, 2014 6:11PM ET
Politico has a new contest challenging readers to come up with the best spin on the latest political tragedy. It's what the ecosystem has been waiting for, a chance to prove that they're adept at Washington's most important skill.
Jan 9, 2014 3:19PM ET
New research from Pew Social Trends says that you have been right for all of these years: Your boss is happier than you are. And in everything, by the way.
Jan 9, 2014 2:53PM ET
"Politics," Gov. Chris Christie said during his two-hour press conference on Thursday, "ain't beanbag." Fine, we get it, we've heard this a million times. So what sport or game is politics?
Jan 9, 2014 1:13PM ET
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie held a lengthy press conference on Thursday about the still-erupting traffic scandal. But a number of critical questions went unanswered.
Jan 9, 2014 10:46AM ET
Gov. Chris Christie answered questions from the press on Thursday about the growing bridge scandal in the state. One staffer has been fired, and the U.S. attorney has reportedly opened a preliminary inquiry into the issue.
Jan 9, 2014 10:05AM ET
A link between Chris Christie's senior staff and the decision to screw up traffic in Fort Lee doesn't just prove to his conservative opponents that he'd be a bad president. It proves that any step away from hard-right politics is a massive mistake.
Jan 8, 2014 6:07PM ET
The massive traffic jam allegedly created as an act of political retribution by staffers for Chris Christie delayed vehicles responding to a medical emergency in Fort Lee. In one instance, a 91-year-old woman later died.
Jan 8, 2014 4:52PM ET
Chris Christie offered a statement responding to new revelations about a staffer being involved in a plan to exact political retribution. In short, it reads: "She did what?" Update: The mayor of Fort Lee lashed out in response.
Jan 8, 2014 3:33PM ET
Here's a secret about the world of politics: the sort of over-the-top, tough-guy bluster that's about to get Chris Christie in a whole lot of trouble is par for the course.
Jan 8, 2014 12:08PM ET
CES is in full swing, offering a chance to preview electronics that many consumers would never buy. We present actual offerings and ones that we made up. Can you tell them apart?
Jan 8, 2014 11:00AM ET
House Republicans return to Washington being asked to stand together — not in support of an agenda but in opposition to the Democrats' plan on unemployment. A memo released by party leadership shows how shaky that ground is.
Jan 8, 2014 10:02AM ET
New documents released under subpoena by a Chris Christie ally quote an aide close to the governor saying it was "[t]ime for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" — the town whose mayor declined to endorse Christie's reelection.
Jan 7, 2014 4:26PM ET
"I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says of Vice President Joe Biden in his new book coming out later this month.
Jan 7, 2014 3:29PM ET
Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel once said that rising gun violence was a function of "hip-hop culture." Nope.
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.