Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 7, 2013 1:51PM ET
An editor from Guns & Ammo resigned from the publication and fired the author of an editorial advocating for regulation on gun ownership after reader outcry. The two will hereafter be expressing their First Amendment rights non-professionally.
Nov 7, 2013 1:04PM ET
A Republican group in Kentucky blasted a Democratic Senate candidate on Thursday for taking money from Hollywood celebrities as Hollywood celebrities lashed out at Obamacare. Maybe "Hollywood" isn't that simple?
Nov 7, 2013 9:14AM ET
November 7, 2013, dawns the exact same way Nov. 7, 2012, did, with the GOP at each others' throats over an unexpected loss — and there's no reason to think that the divided party will get less fragmented any time soon.
Nov 6, 2013 5:25PM ET
When Rand Paul lashed out at the media for criticizing his plagiarism, he avoided picking some extremely low-hanging fruit. Some of the revelations were reported first by BuzzFeed, which has had similar problems.
Nov 6, 2013 5:06PM ET
After Marty Walsh won the Boston Mayor's race on Tuesday, Marty Walsh got a call from the vice president. The two Marty Walshes, however, were not the same man.
Nov 6, 2013 2:50PM ET
If you are an Asian-American man: Congratulations. You make more, on average, than any member of any other race-gender pairing. And, the data shows, you always have.
Nov 6, 2013 12:40PM ET
The Republican defeat in Virginia's gubernatorial race is being pitched as a victory for conservatives, who argue that the exit polling proves voters were angry about Obamacare. This is not a good argument.
Nov 6, 2013 11:40AM ET
Centrists are, given their positions of prominence in business and the media, oddly insecure. From those prominent positions on Tuesday came analysis of the election results: America loves centrism.
Nov 6, 2013 10:06AM ET
There was a lot of time to fill during cable news broadcasts on Tuesday, some of which was filled with other news stories. But a lot of it was spent talking about an election three years from now.
Nov 5, 2013 11:12PM ET
With a critical win in a fairly quiet primary run-off in Alabama, the Republican establishment had its first good day in politics since before its conservative base dragged it into the shutdown.
Nov 5, 2013 8:28PM ET
The Virginia gubernatorial race was expected to be one of Tuesday's closest. But it ended up far closer than predicted, giving both Republicans and Democrats fodder in their bigger picture and premature arguments over 2014.
Nov 5, 2013 5:49PM ET
Barack Obama is almost the least popular he's been since he took office. But don't blame him. Blame the economy. Or, better yet: Blame Congress.
Nov 5, 2013 4:42PM ET
The National Republican Senate Committee has put its foot down, according to NBC News: No longer will it sit out party primaries. Why it thinks this will make a big difference isn't clear.
Nov 5, 2013 3:40PM ET
A sizeable number of Americans, 12 million or not, believe that reptilian beings control the government. Why they believe that isn't a political or scientific question. It's a human one.
Nov 5, 2013 1:03PM ET
Bill de Blasio better hope his vote total today tops the write-in tally he put together in 2009 — one single vote, the same total cast for the 20th century's most notorious mass murderer.
Nov 5, 2013 11:32AM ET
One race — between two conservatives in Alabama's conservative First Congressional District — has turned into the must-watch contest. The establishment is being challenged by an insurgent, and the insurgent is winning.
Nov 5, 2013 9:49AM ET
Within minutes of polls closing, media outlets are likely to declare winners in at least two of the day's three big contests. Here's what it would take for each of the races to turn into an upset.
Nov 4, 2013 6:40PM ET
An old National Geographic interactive being passed around on Monday shows what the continents would look like if the oceans rose 216 feet. That figure is probably too low.
Nov 4, 2013 4:51PM ET
A 55-year-old woman in Texas plead guilty to voter fraud on Monday. The case will certainly become fodder in the defense of the state's new voter ID law. But it shows, above all else, how unnecessary that law actually is.
Nov 4, 2013 4:06PM ET
If you love guns, have a bit of disposable income, and need pants, a bind: Whose hot new conservative clothing line best represents your interests — gun manufacturer Remington or outrage manufacturer Glenn Beck?
Nov 4, 2013 2:52PM ET
National players are increasingly stepping into smaller scale races in an effort to protect profits, establish precedent — and play a long game with an eye toward the presidency.
Nov 4, 2013 12:59PM ET
Bush and Romney exemplify two of the five responses to presidential election losses that we've seen in recent history. One is much less flattering.
Nov 4, 2013 10:59AM ET
ENDA — the bill that would outlaw firing people based on sexual orientation — got enough votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster just in time for John Boehner to announce his opposition.
Nov 4, 2013 9:47AM ET
New polls in New Jersey, Virginia, and Alabama for Tuesday's races show a Republican Party in which dogmatic conservatism has become a liability anywhere except the most uniformly Republican areas.
Nov 1, 2013 6:14PM ET
America is excited about Double Down: Game Change 2012, the new book about the 2012 campaign. But, a problem: the authors may not actually know what "double down" means.
Nov 1, 2013 3:29PM ET
An anonymous U.S. intelligence official tells the AP that a drone attack in Pakistan's Peshawar province has killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban in that country — also reported killed in 2010.
Nov 1, 2013 12:47PM ET
A shooting incident Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport left one TSA employee dead, and several others wounded.
Nov 1, 2013 11:59AM ET
The D.C. Circuit Court has upheld a legal challenge to the provision of the Obamacare that mandates employer coverage of birth control, arguing that it "trammels" the expression of religious freedom.
Nov 1, 2013 9:48AM ET
On an 11-4 vote, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to approve the "FISA Improvements Act," a bill that keeps the NSA's toolset completely intact. At this point, could any bill do better?
Nov 1, 2013 9:44AM ET
Mitt Romney seriously considered choosing New Jersey governor Chris Christie as his 2012 running mate — but he didn't, in part because Christie is overweight. Cool leadership, Mitt.