Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 7, 2013 11:30AM ET
Conservatives are bashing President Obama for taking down the Amber Alert system, a misunderstanding based on thinking that the Justice Department website is necessary for the alert system. Oh, and the misunderstanding that the website is down.
Oct 7, 2013 10:56AM ET
In the tightly contested Virginia gubernatorial race, Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli apparently spent the weekend alternately cajoling and avoiding Sen. Ted Cruz, architect of the shutdown.
Oct 7, 2013 9:46AM ET
There is an easy reason to assume that the shutdown and debt ceiling fights won't be resolved until the last minute, if then. The Republicans haven't acted rationally on either issue, and you can't reason with an irrational actor.
Oct 4, 2013 5:59PM ET
Yet another report on NSA activity indicates that the agency has tried to unmask users of Tor, a system for anonymizing your identity online. The good news: the agency has been unsuccessful.
Oct 4, 2013 5:07PM ET
Since the debate over the budget began, a common argument from conservatives — renewed today by the former governor of Alaska — suggests that only the House can decide what the budget should look like. Wrong.
Oct 4, 2013 12:35PM ET
We've shared the shutdown's effects on normal Americans, replete with curtailed food programs and cuts to Head Start programs. Now, a more harrowing tale: How it is affecting members of Congress.
Oct 4, 2013 12:18PM ET
Excoriating an anonymous White House official's claim of indifference to the length of the shutdown, Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Friday, "This isn't some damn game!" But his answers on how the situation ends seemed mostly like steps backward.
Oct 4, 2013 9:52AM ET
If there's anything that can jostle House Republicans to action on a funding resolution, it hasn't appeared yet. And it's not clear what it might possibly be.
Oct 4, 2013 7:00AM ET
This is Day Four of the government shutdown. Click here for the latest news.
Oct 3, 2013 6:00PM ET
Since the shutdown began, the Capitol Hill Police have been on the job without pay. In the aftermath of Thursday's shooting, Congress united to provide them a compensation even better than money: clapping.
Oct 3, 2013 3:51PM ET
In its November issue, Vanity Fair delineates the new American establishment. Did you know that the power elite is topped by Jay Z? That the head of the NSA is a "disruptor"? If so, you'll do well in this quiz.
Oct 3, 2013 1:29PM ET
An anonymous lawmaker tells The New York Times that John Boehner is quietly telling members of the House that he might bring a debt ceiling increase to a vote even without a majority of Republicans supporting the move.
Oct 3, 2013 1:25PM ET
Well, we're back to a "grand bargain" as the solution to the gigantic budget mess in Washington. These days, the prospect of an everyone-gets-what-he-wants deal is seems unlikely, because more people want a lot more things.
Oct 3, 2013 10:48AM ET
President Obama gave a speech at a Maryland construction company addressing the current budget dispute. "Stop this farce," the president demanded of House Republicans, "and end the shutdown right now."
Oct 3, 2013 10:15AM ET
The push to shutter the government instead of implementing Obamacare is a macrocosm of a fight Republicans have already won: condemning millions of poor residents of their states to a lack of health care coverage.
Oct 2, 2013 6:26PM ET
In a lengthy interview with CNBC on Wednesday, President Obama made a clear case to Wall Street: This isn't just another squabble. His obvious goal wasn't to spook the unflappable markets. It was a call for more lobbying.
Oct 2, 2013 5:40PM ET
According to an interview Grover Norquist gave the Washington Post, he's just a sober, smart-guy type, not prone to standing outside the Capitol demanding impossible things. Except when he did that on Monday, apparently.
Oct 2, 2013 4:12PM ET
Depending on your outlook, the government shutdown is either a sort of diet or it is a damaging disruption of the lives of millions of Americans. We scoured local news sites to find examples of how the shutdown has affected the country.
Oct 2, 2013 2:55PM ET
That the President hasn't simply Led America out of this crisis is as baffling to some commentators as it is a good peg for their columns.
Oct 2, 2013 2:14PM ET
Last week, the NSA's Keith Alexander explained that his agency was not currently gathering location data on Americans. Because, as a statement released Wednesday indicates, they stopped in 2011 — and won't rule out doing it again.
Oct 2, 2013 11:47AM ET
During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley asked the Director of National Intelligence if the government shutdown was putting America at risk. The response was not reassuring.
Oct 2, 2013 11:19AM ET
The push to fund some parts of government is getting a second chance on Wednesday, promising more drama, even as it seems likely that the real fight will be a mega-battle over the budget and the debt ceiling.
Oct 2, 2013 9:51AM ET
Blame for the government shutdown, now in day two, has consistently winnowed to fewer and fewer people. Now it may come down to two people: the bitter feud between the leaders of the House and Senate.
Oct 1, 2013 7:06PM ET
If you've been watching C-SPAN during the government shutdown, you might have found yourself asking, Who are these guys? Take our quiz to see how good you are at recognizing our leaders.
Oct 1, 2013 3:20PM ET
A new possibility for resolving the government shutdown, in part: House Republicans are considering passing measures to fund a few government functions. It shows that the Senate's strategy is working — but that the House is fighting back.
Oct 1, 2013 1:29PM ET
Speaking from the Rose Garden behind a presumably-empty White House, President Obama on Tuesday afternoon highlighted the launch of the Obamacare insurance exchanges — despite the "Republican shutdown."
Oct 1, 2013 1:09PM ET
Over the past ten days, Republicans have repeatedly cast votes leading inevitably to a shutdown of the government. Here are three theories for how those votes are rationalized.
Oct 1, 2013 9:58AM ET
How long the shutdown will last depends on Congress reaching agreement on a funding bill. In other words, the same roadblock that began the shutdown in the first place. The Republicans' position, though, is only getting worse.
Sep 30, 2013 1:21PM ET
As a service to those who don't follow an arch-conservative uncle on Facebook, the National Review collects political memes from the right-wing. Here, we fact-check.
Sep 30, 2013 11:00AM ET
The Atlantic Wire has turned to two recappers who've never seen Breaking Bad before to put fresh eyes on what some have called the best show on television.