Today's Five Best Columns
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Mar 26, 2014 10:57AM ET
A possible excuse has emerged for why the intelligence community failed to predict the Russian push into Crimea — although it requires assuming that Vladimir Putin's opposition to using electronics is the standard for the country.
Mar 26, 2014 9:52AM ET
The conventional wisdom says that the botched Obamacare rollout and the program's general unpopularity are dooming Democratic chances in November, but it's wrong.
Mar 25, 2014 5:51PM ET
We can all agree that Millennials are the worst. But what is a Millennial? A fight between The New York Times and Slate inspired us to try and figure that out.
Mar 25, 2014 4:29PM ET
At some point this week, a report commissioned by Chris Christie and paid for by the Christie administration and completed by friends of Chris Christie will be released, and it will apparently say that Chris Christie was not involved in Bridgegate.
Mar 25, 2014 4:26PM ET
A baker in Belgium made a life-sized cookie depicting President Obama wearing a "USA" sweatshirt and holding a basketball.
Mar 25, 2014 1:54PM ET
The Tea Party's subtle transition from grassroots sign-makers into savvy fundraisers with DC addresses becomes more obvious once you look at how the groups are spending money.
Mar 25, 2014 11:58AM ET
Asked if he thought "Mitt Romney had a point" when he said in 2012 that Russia was America's "number one" geopolitical foe, Obama took advantage of the question to slam his current political opponent, Vladimir Putin.
Mar 25, 2014 11:12AM ET
Good news for the Clinton 2016 camp: musician/pundit Pharrell is completely confident she will be our next president. And while the analogies he uses are exotic, the rationale really isn't that different from a number of other political pundits.
Mar 25, 2014 9:52AM ET
After 12-and-a-half years, President Obama will ask Congress to end the collection of metadata on Americans' phone calls. But he runs the NSA; why not just shut it off?
Mar 24, 2014 5:43PM ET
Nate Silver's first electoral prediction was that Democrats are likely to lose the Senate. Democrats quickly issued a memo because Silver threatened to move perceptions from hard-but-doable to ugh-why-bother territory.
Mar 24, 2014 4:09PM ET
Socialist British hospitals are aborting babies and then burning up the fetuses to generate electricity. As with all things, this should be taken with a dose of skepticism.
Mar 24, 2014 12:49PM ET
Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams, there have been 514 upsets, involving 183 colleges. Here is your complete guide, by college, by team, and by tournament
Mar 24, 2014 11:22AM ET
More than half of the states in the US have or are considering voucher systems that let parents take tax money to pay for religious instruction. So: What's the lower boundary for considering something "education"?
Mar 24, 2014 9:49AM ET
The Wall Street Journal gives anonymous American officials a chance to point fingers at Snowden for their failure to predict Crimea. After all, where else are they going to point them?
Mar 21, 2014 6:13PM ET
At a fundraising event in Miami on Thursday, Obama told the audience that they needed to get Democrats to the polls in November because "in midterms we get clobbered." And recently, that's true — under certain conditions.
Mar 21, 2014 4:02PM ET
Since Edward Snowden began leaking NSA documents, Obama has met with his civil liberties board three times. As of Friday, tech companies have gotten the same number of meetings. They need more.
Mar 21, 2014 11:29AM ET
In 2011, over 8,000 kids were suspended from preschool. More than half were black. We can entertain a lot of theories why this is the case, but I am going to go with this one: America has a problem with racism.
Mar 21, 2014 10:15AM ET
As Times' front page on Friday made clear, the Koch brothers' plan is simple: They're building an entire political party outside the legal and practical limitations of the Republican National Committee.
Mar 20, 2014 4:15PM ET
Christie has been accosted by voters about the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge all week. At last, he's answered one of the questions he skipped during his January press conference.
Mar 20, 2014 3:14PM ET
As of Tuesday, precisely 0.02 percent of the state of California was not experiencing drought. We talked to the team that calculates that number to figure out how they know.
Mar 20, 2014 12:28PM ET
Bad news for Sen. Mary Landrieu, "Harry Reed," and Sen. Dick Durbin's mother: Russia has released a list of nine Americans who are prohibited from travel to the country.
Mar 20, 2014 10:38AM ET
The Department of Justice has been asked by the CIA to investigate Senate staffers, by the Senate to investigate the CIA, and by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to investigate the IRS. The DOJ has replied "maybe," "maybe," and "no," respectively.
Mar 20, 2014 8:58AM ET
Bernie Madoff, whose housing is currently provided by the government thanks to his having siphoned billions of dollars from clients into his own pockets, is "not a great fan of redistribution of wealth."
Mar 19, 2014 4:53PM ET
A new initiative will open up data related to extreme weather events to the public. The move came the same day as two bits of news illustrating why the initiative will make no headway.
Mar 19, 2014 3:21PM ET
Standing in one of the most Democratic parts of the country, Rand Paul will criticize President Obama for embracing surveillance tools that were turned against the civil rights movement.
Mar 19, 2014 1:44PM ET
Tuesday's statewide primary in Illinois set up a potentially close contest in November. But Illinois' a blue state, right? Walk in the park for the Dem? Not this time. And, in fact, not often.
Mar 19, 2014 11:27AM ET
Today we will decide which of the tens of thousands of years of human existence was the best year of human existence. You have 16 options.
Mar 19, 2014 9:51AM ET
The increased tensions with Russia is objectively bad and undeniably complex. Unless you spent years being paid to rail against the Soviet threat, in which case it's just like slipping on an old shoe.
Mar 18, 2014 6:25PM ET
The share of income held by the richest people in 34 countries has grown sharply since 2010. At the same time, poor families in those countries are less able to buy food. Welcome to 2014!
Mar 18, 2014 3:17PM ET
Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus argued on Tuesday that his party doesn't have a problem with female voters. And he's right. Its problem continues to be with black and Latino voters.