Today's Five Best Columns
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Mar 31, 2014 9:01AM ET
For those who want to defend the CIA's torture program, the link between the interrogation programs and the capture of bin Laden has been both a frequent argument and a crown jewel. But there is no link.
Mar 28, 2014 3:44PM ET
David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority, tendered his resignation on Friday — not because of his involvement in the bridge scandal, Christie assured the press, but because he was old and tired.
Mar 28, 2014 1:13PM ET
There's no mystery to the climate change crisis, as three news articles published this week make clear.
Mar 28, 2014 11:29AM ET
Things about which Dick Cheney has zero qualms: torture ("the results speak for themselves"), NSA spying ("I don’t have any problems with our people doing that"), and suggesting that Snowden didn't act alone.
Mar 28, 2014 9:07AM ET
If you're curious why Bridgegate happened, a clue from the new Chris Christie-backed report exonerating the governor: his aide Bridget Anne Kelly was emotional, insecure, and perhaps lashing out after a bad breakup.
Mar 26, 2014 7:42PM ET
Twitter announced on Wednesday that it would allow users to tag other people in photos shared on the site. Here is how to prevent that.
Mar 26, 2014 5:02PM ET
"It’s not a question of 'if' we fix our broken immigration laws," Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan said on Wednesday, but "a question of 'when'." The answer to "when": No time terribly soon, if his other troubles are a guide.
Mar 26, 2014 3:23PM ET
Surrounded by the flags of his European allies, Barack Obama spoke from Brussels on Wednesday to make clear his (and their) position on Russia: no isolated nation, however big, can derail the ongoing push toward freedom.
Mar 26, 2014 2:32PM ET
If you would like to make a fortune producing news, here's our advice, based on Pew Research's new survey of the industry: one, start Fox News and two, understand that you will not make a fortune producing news.
Mar 26, 2014 12:24PM ET
In a brief statement during his weekly press conference, Boehner endorsed taking phone metadata collection away from the NSA over privacy concerns — but backed a bipartisan House bill, not Obama's.
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.