Today's Five Best Columns
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Mar 3, 2014 5:37PM ET
After 20 years, we're starting to come to terms with the immediacy of the web. But we're only just starting to figure out what its permanence means.
Mar 3, 2014 3:58PM ET
The Associated Press asked Ellen DeGeneres for permission to share her now-famous Oscar selfie with subscribers to their photo service. But does Ellen have the right to give it away? Who owns that picture?
Mar 3, 2014 2:41PM ET
Paul Ryan on Monday published a teaser of his upcoming budget proposal, focused on programs for addressing poverty. In short: government money is being wasted. Proposals for improvement were not presented.
Mar 3, 2014 10:28AM ET
Putin's annexation of Crimea caught Washington off guard. The points of consensus seem to be these: The only responses available are un-tough ones, and the only reason Putin did what he did was because Obama wasn't tough enough.
Feb 28, 2014 6:06PM ET
Sarah Palin, who is "usually not one to Told-Ya-So," is on social media, this afternoon to remind the world that she predicted that Obama would let Russia invade the Ukraine.
Feb 28, 2014 3:57PM ET
Organizing For Action, the non-profit outgrowth of the 2012 Obama For America campaign, had to return a $100,000 check to a donor with a felony conviction that was reported by NBC News.
Feb 28, 2014 2:34PM ET
As promised, the Clinton Presidential Library on Friday released 5,000 pages of previously withheld documents from the Clinton White House.
Feb 28, 2014 1:34PM ET
President Obama announced on Thursday a new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper" aimed at bolstering the ability of young men of color to succeed in America.
Feb 28, 2014 10:54AM ET
With poll after poll after poll showing Clinton leading a hypothetical 2016 presidential race, her opponents on the right hope to prove either that she's too scandal-ridden or too sick to actually run.
Feb 28, 2014 10:03AM ET
The Republican right/far-right civil war is the guiding narrative for the party in 2014. So it's fitting that the first big skirmish of the year — Arizona's "religious freedom" bill — should have been part of that bigger war.
Feb 27, 2014 6:21PM ET
People have been playing around with a tool from Clarity Campaigns that tells you how Democratic or Republican a first name is. We put it to the test with the most partisan group in America: Congress.
Feb 27, 2014 5:02PM ET
Mark Penn, dropped by the 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign well after it was clear she would lose, landed at Microsoft, where he's been running the company's marketing efforts against Google.
Feb 27, 2014 12:59PM ET
At his regular press conference on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner set a reporter straight on his name.
Feb 27, 2014 12:32PM ET
Last month, I suggested that his repeated pretend campaigns for president/governor/attention should be met with stony silence. That was wrong. This week, we've seen the value in letting Trump be himself.
Feb 27, 2014 10:55AM ET
Joe Biden is almost certainly as close to the presidency as he's going to get, bless his heart. He's 73, he feels younger, and everything says that he should run for president except the polls.
Feb 27, 2014 9:39AM ET
Time has the story of the team of guys (basically all guys) that fixed Healthcare.gov, making it a footnote in the great war over Obamacare and paving the way for Democrats like Hillary Clinton to embrace it.
Feb 26, 2014 5:04PM ET
If court rejections of gay marriage bans in Texas and three other states are upheld, just over 50 percent of gay Americans will for the first time apparently live in states where they can legally marry.
Feb 26, 2014 2:14PM ET
Rand Paul put a hold on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General on Tuesday. His sole concern, echoing nearly a month of critique from conservatives, is that Murthy opposes guns.
Feb 26, 2014 12:32PM ET
The evolution of the role of the presidency and politicians from staid wig-wearers to guy-I-want-to-drink-beer-with has led to a man-of-the-people arms race in which Americans in every state will suffer.
Feb 26, 2014 11:38AM ET
After the shutdown, Ted Cruz pledged not to work with a group pushing to defeat incumbent Republicans. So now that the party's on the mend, Cruz is working with another group trying to put his colleagues out of work.
Feb 26, 2014 10:37AM ET
Employers increasingly want to see SAT scores from job applicants. Because SATs are unerring predictors of future success and not merely a general knowledge bubble test taken by sullen, droopy-eyed teens.
Feb 26, 2014 9:22AM ET
A Republican proposal meant to tweak Obamacare could kick a million people off employer health coverage. This is the party's predicament: Obamacare changes likely mean reducing access to health insurance.
Feb 25, 2014 6:30PM ET
The New York Times reports a "stunning" finding on childhood obesity: obesity rates among kids between 2 and 5 years old dropped 43 percent. Good news, but is the economy to blame?
Feb 25, 2014 4:37PM ET
For a brief, shining moment, it seemed that the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference would welcome a gay atheist group to its annual gathering in March.
Feb 25, 2014 3:36PM ET
Yes, Chuck Hagel is proposing reductions in the size of the United States military. But the terrifying spectre of an Army at "pre-World War II levels" pretty dramatically oversells the case, as we can demonstrate.
Feb 25, 2014 1:16PM ET
The politics of race are simpler than we pretend: Some people are racist, and candidates need their votes to win. Which is why senate candidates Mary Landrieu and Alison Lundergan Grimes made one smart strategic decision early in their careers: being born white.
Feb 25, 2014 11:00AM ET
The people challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican primary next month include: a guy who calls immigrants "wetbacks," a guy who compared Mitch McConnell to a cartoon turtle, and Steve Stockman.
Feb 25, 2014 9:57AM ET
The Tea Party, never an actual party so much as a brand name and a pick-and-choose list of conservative values, has launched a semi-organized push to oust the GOP's Congressional leadership. It's not going well.
Feb 24, 2014 4:48PM ET
A prominent lobbyist is drafting a bill to ban gay players from the NFL. Don't expect it to amount to anything. It's likely a nonsense publicity stunt from a small-time conservative podcast host.
Feb 24, 2014 3:24PM ET
Bobby Jindal, on a new PR blitz, took advantage of bipartisan group's White House press conference to criticize Obama for "waving the white flag" on growth. Gov. Dan Malloy of Connecticut had a response: The comment was "insane."