Today's Five Best Columns
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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."
Feb 24, 2014 1:34PM ET
Two conservative groups released their annual scorecards on Monday. On both, Republicans running for reelection became more conservative in 2013 than their peers.
Feb 24, 2014 12:24PM ET
Here's what the Heritage Foundation has gotten from Jim DeMint: a rapid transformation from the intellectual center of the Republican Party to the activist center of the Tea Party.
Feb 24, 2014 11:05AM ET
Michigan Rep. John Dingell, a Democrat and auto industry advocate who has served in the House since 1955, announced his impending retirement on Monday.
Feb 24, 2014 10:12AM ET
The Supreme Court today will hear arguments about the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions precisely when the political debate is become focused on Obama's use of such executive authority.
Feb 21, 2014 4:17PM ET
Americans like guns. A look at public data shows how much: Gun production is up, gun background checks are up — and even gun-related baby names are on the rise.
Feb 21, 2014 3:05PM ET
The Fed published transcripts from its 2008 meetings on Friday, documenting the real-time discussion of the nation's economic managers as they faced the worst fiscal crisis in decades. They did not see it coming.
Feb 21, 2014 1:37PM ET
Ted Nugent apologized for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" in January but not before comparing his comments to 44 even-more-offensive things.
Feb 21, 2014 11:22AM ET
If you plan to get into a fight with a nearby northern neighbor, you should at least understand the deep-seated and historically valid reasons that you should hate them.
Feb 21, 2014 10:02AM ET
Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, who bought his house with money made from oil drilling and fracking, filed a lawsuit and petitioned his Texas town council to block a water tower that would be used for fracking.
Feb 21, 2014 9:19AM ET
Next month, Obama will release his 2015 budget, proposing an increase in spending and tax revenue. Obama finally appears to be done playing the "compromise" game.