Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 14, 2014 12:50PM ET
President Obama headed to dusty, drought-choked California to make the case that the government should better prepare for climate change. It makes sense — and it won't happen.
Feb 14, 2014 12:34PM ET
With the Olympics almost half over — the closing ceremony is on the 23rd — we decided to recap our favorite moments and stories from the first week of sports.
Feb 14, 2014 11:18AM ET
A document obtained from the Senate clerk shows which of the Republican Senate caucus switched their votes on the debt ceiling increase, apparently in an effort to force Republican leaders into action.
Feb 14, 2014 9:45AM ET
In an interview Thursday night, venture capitalist Tom Perkins said many things about the one percent that you'll be mad about, because Tom Perkins is now just trolling you.
Feb 14, 2014 9:04AM ET
You know those terrible parody Twitter accounts for Bill Murray or Will Smith that tweet dumb jokes as though they're from the celebrities themselves? That, in large part, is what @BarackObama has become.
Feb 13, 2014 6:22PM ET
"The American people, whether they know it or not, are mired in a silent war," Bobby Jindal will say in a speech Thursday night. It's like Braveheart, really.
Feb 13, 2014 4:56PM ET
If you are poorish and have 35 minutes to spare, you might consider "disrupting" the all-powerful Edible Arrangement industry. I did. End result: I saved $100 and wasted 35 minutes.
Feb 13, 2014 1:25PM ET
Al Roker got very angry at Bill de Blasio on Twitter because the mayor left schools open despite weather forecasts. Making Roker only the latest rich New Yorker to complain about how the mayor deals with snow.
Feb 13, 2014 12:50PM ET
Over the course of the last 50 to 100 years, every single site where the Winter Olympics has ever been held has gotten warmer.
Feb 13, 2014 10:47AM ET
Mitch McConnell did not want to have to vote to advance the debt ceiling bill, not with a primary looming and not with the issue being unpopular with conservatives. But his caucus, it seems, didn't give him any choice.
Feb 13, 2014 9:13AM ET
Russia's prime minister unilaterally announced new limits on adoption by gay couples in the country on Thursday. Before you get too cocky: the Kansas House just passed similarly ridiculous legislation.
Feb 12, 2014 4:40PM ET
Four more of the contingent of "super-wealthy Americans who'd like to share their opinions about income inequality" have weighed in. Let's see what they have to say!
Feb 12, 2014 2:51PM ET
Ted Cruz is at it again, filibustering the effort to increase the debt ceiling. Other GOP senators seemed disinclined to offer the votes it would take to bring Cruz's crusade to a halt — but ultimately did.
Feb 12, 2014 1:04PM ET
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson has apparently reached his breaking point with the media. Why? Because journalists "have such erections" for President Obama that they won't report on his "latest b.s."
Feb 12, 2014 12:35PM ET
The number of people without health insurance coverage will likely decline enough this quarter to be at the lowest level since before the recession, according to Gallup.
Feb 12, 2014 10:48AM ET
Did you know that sometimes officials use the Olympics for the purpose of "promoting themselves and their country with someone else's money"? Mitt Romney knows about this, and he thinks it's just awful.
Feb 12, 2014 10:23AM ET
Wall Street Journal columnist Neil King ponders a question that seems to have begun on or around January 21, 2013: Is President Obama a lame duck?
Feb 12, 2014 8:52AM ET
Sen. Rand Paul will on Wednesday announce a class action suit against the NSA for scooping up Americans' telephone call data. Want to join in? Just give Paul your email address.
Feb 11, 2014 5:55PM ET
Less than 24 hours after drafting a debt ceiling bill aimed at extracting concessions from Democrats, the House instead passed a suspension of the debt ceiling until March 2015.
Feb 11, 2014 5:31PM ET
The NSF's annual survey of Americans' science smarts is in. The bad news is this: People think astrology is science. (It isn't.) The good news: Now you can prove you know science better.
Feb 11, 2014 3:49PM ET
The Republican-led House Armed Services Committee concluded its review of the 2012 attack at Benghazi. In short: The most feverish of conspiracy theories have no basis in fact.
Feb 11, 2014 1:39PM ET
San Francisco's increasingly contentious debate between its rich and poor residents was neatly captured by the front page of the city's largest paper on Tuesday.
Feb 11, 2014 1:16PM ET
The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto would like society to spend a little more time holding young women accountable for having been sexually assaulted.
Feb 11, 2014 11:20AM ET
The conservatives responsible for the government shutdown last October are very angry that House Republicans will pass a debt ceiling increase, because they seem to have forgotten how the shutdown ended.
Feb 11, 2014 9:31AM ET
With only days left before the government is no longer able to pay its bills, House Republicans see this as the perfect time to renege on their December concessions.
Feb 10, 2014 5:23PM ET
Patrick Kennedy, one-time member of Congress and lifelong member of the Kennedy clan, will appear on The Colbert Report on behalf of an anti-marijuana-legalization group. Which is pretty ironic, given Kennedy's drug-related arrests.
Feb 10, 2014 4:34PM ET
If you were hoping to prove your conservative bona fides this week, there was one important place to be seen: the 50th birthday video created by a conservative women's PAC for Sarah Palin.
Feb 10, 2014 3:16PM ET
A French website alleged that the U.S. and Russian Olympic teams were conspiring to cheat in the Olympics. Which allows us the chance to explore the rich history of Olympic cheating scandals that benefitted the Russians.
Feb 10, 2014 12:53PM ET
"Voters need to meet the real Hillary Clinton," a 1992 memo drafted for the Bill Clinton electoral effort read, marking perhaps the first time that particular effort was being undertaken. It has barely stopped since.
Feb 10, 2014 10:06AM ET
The unpalatable candidates of 2010 and 2012 are being weeded out before there are even primaries because, after five years of Tea Party insurgency, the GOP establishment is finally hitting back.