Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 6, 2012 11:56PM ET
Obama won a second term! And just as with every other point in the election, the nation's pundits are already telling us what it means. Here are all their takes as they come in.
Nov 6, 2012 3:45PM ET
Reuters on African penguins, The New York Times on fake beaches, NPR on Norfolk, VA and rising sea levels, The Washington Post on geoengineering, and The Daily Climate on women in climate science.
Nov 6, 2012 1:23PM ET
Pennsylvania, home to the guy who said voter ID laws would help Romney win the state, should not be worried about minorities not voting. It should obviously be more worried about white voters being intimidated by black guards at majority black polling stations, according to conservatives.
Nov 6, 2012 10:27AM ET
Ramesh Ponnuru on drones, Michael Gerson on math and politics, Kevin M. Kruse on truth in politics, Randy E. Barnett on the Libertarian Party, and Sasha Issenberg on why we vote.
Nov 6, 2012 9:04AM ET
It's finally Election Day! And last night Jon Stewart checked in on the home stretch on The Daily Show.
Nov 5, 2012 4:10PM ET
Election day is near, and from the looks of Google search trends, people are taking the opportunity to check whether Barack Obama is Muslim, socialist, or a citizen.
Nov 5, 2012 12:35PM ET
The Guardian on dire climate change warnings for business, Associated Press on dwindling green jobs, Reuters on oil spill clean-up tech, San Francisco Chronicle on Shell drilling for oil, and Grist on archiving emails.
Nov 5, 2012 10:08AM ET
Aaron B. O'Connell on military-industrial complex, Robert J. Samuelson on campaign disconnect, David Corn on political truth, Steven Greenhut on California's spending problem, and Gordon G. Chang on China's Enrons.
Nov 2, 2012 2:23PM ET
Automobile Magazine on Tesla Model S, The New York Times on wolf-hunting, Bloomberg BNA on local environmental issues, The Guardian on Malaysia's eco-city plans, and Reuters on Chinese environmental protests.
Nov 2, 2012 12:42PM ET
Romney and Obama have really hopped, skipped, and turned all across the country to campaign, as you can see in this fun animated map video of their campaign travels by statistician Jerzy Wieczorek.
Nov 2, 2012 10:31AM ET
Paul Krugman on partisan politics, Charles Krauthammer on ideological ascendancy, Haley Barbour on disaster relief, Thomas K. McCraw on immigrant innovation, and Carl Pope on politics of green.
Nov 2, 2012 8:47AM ET
Things are improving in New York, and all things said, conditions could be worse, Jon Stewart mused last on The Daily Show. Just look at what life is like in the Swing State Hell that is Ohio.
Nov 1, 2012 5:48PM ET
Wall Street does not donate to Barack Obama like it used to, and this striking month-by-month comparison chart from Center for Responsive Politics shows just how much its fallen out of love with the president since the last election.
Nov 1, 2012 2:07PM ET
Los Angeles Times on San Francisco's green identity, Grist on the dirty details of clean coal, Slate on Denmark's bikers, Time on caring for trees, and Reuters on a huge elephant tusk seizure.
Nov 1, 2012 10:44AM ET
The Daily Show returned last night, and Jon Stewart looked to his news team to compare Hurricane Sandy damage in lower Manhattan versus upper Manhattan.
Nov 1, 2012 10:15AM ET
Matt Miller on Sandy's moral instinct, Susan Antilla on the broken brokerage system, E.J. Dionne Jr. on compromise, Xiao Guozhen on Chinese law and advocacy, and Donald Cohen on the minimum wage.
Oct 31, 2012 5:59PM ET
Weird Uncle Joe Biden showed up to campaign for Barack Obama in Florida today, and man, was he on top of his weird uncle game. "I'm being a good Biden today," he said.
Oct 31, 2012 1:59PM ET
Center for Public Integrity on pollution and oil refineries, The New York Times on the axolotl salamander, BBC on bananas as the new potato, The Guardian on diseased forests, and Nature on agriculture and greenhouse gases.
Oct 31, 2012 11:41AM ET
The internet may seem abstract, but it does actually need hardware—hardware that can be damaged by storms like Sandy. As this chart from internet intelligence group Renesys shows, outages happened across the Northeast but were concentrated in New York City.
Oct 31, 2012 10:15AM ET
David Rohde on Sandy and inequality, Yonah Freemark and Lawrence J. Vale on housing aid, David Weigel on glamorizing the flip-flop, Kathleen Parker on the race card, and Ted Galen Carpenter on the Mexican drug war.
Oct 30, 2012 3:49PM ET
The havoc Sandy is wrecking may cost some $20 billion in economic damage, according to risk firm Eqecat Inc. Lot of money—so much, in fact, that the costs places Sandy in the top 10 most expensive hurricanes ever, as you can see in this chart.
Oct 30, 2012 1:02PM ET
Scientific American on Sandy and climate change, New York Times on oysters and New York, Treehugger on sustainable design for storms, Wired UK on glow-in-the-dark roads, and Houston Chronicle on seafood safety in the Gulf.
Oct 30, 2012 10:12AM ET
Ana Marie Cox on Hurricane Sandy, Jeffrey Rosen on wiretapping, Richard Cohen on Obama's authenticity, Richard Vedder on online learning, and Noah Feldman on the Supreme Court.
Oct 29, 2012 3:53PM ET
Much of lower Manhattan could lose electricity soon. People are tweeting about getting robo-called from Con-Ed informing them that they may need to turn off electricity.
Oct 29, 2012 2:01PM ET
Mother Jones on Romney's energy adviser is a fracking booster, National Geographic on a fast new supercomputer, The Daily Beast on China's green protest, California Watch on textbooks and plastics, and Grist on green shopping.
Oct 29, 2012 10:29AM ET
Bill Keller on "no agenda" myth, Michael Hiltzik on high taxes and millionaires, Thomas B. Edsall on rogue billionaires, Brian Lee Crowley on U.S. and Canada, and Jeffrey Toobin on the right to vote.
Oct 26, 2012 1:30PM ET
Los Angeles Times on Australia's fracking protests, The Guardian on damaged reefs, Reuters on BP's biofuel plant, Associated Press on the Navy's mattresses, and Grist on the complications of farming.
Oct 26, 2012 10:31AM ET
Roger Cohen on self-absorbed foreign policy, Eugene Robinson on America's identity, Jonathan Cohn on the auto bailout, David Brooks on being moderate, and Evan Osnos on China's corruption.
Oct 26, 2012 9:06AM ET
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan doesn't like that Obama uses the government to pick which industries win and which industries lose, and Jon Stewart looked at just why it's a problem last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 25, 2012 5:40PM ET
The denser the place, the greater the racial integration—or, in other words, cities tend to be more racially diverse while less dense areas generally have higher percentages of white people, according to this chart from Bill Rankin at racialcartography.net.