Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 15, 2012 12:47PM ET
You know what's wrong with America? Its jeans. Glenn Beck denounced Levi's last year after the company featured global protests and revolutions in their ads, and now he's put denim where his mouth is and launched his very own jean line at 1791 Supply & Co.
Oct 15, 2012 10:03AM ET
Bill Keller on sexual predators, Jackson Diehl on Obama and Syria, Paul Krugman on health care, Tim Judah on the EU's Nobel Peace Prize, and Lawrence Summers on the vicious economic cycle.
Oct 12, 2012 5:41PM ET
The controversial war on drugs not only costs a lot, it has done almost nothing to curb the drug addiction rate since 1970, according to this stunning chart by documentary filmmaker Matt Groff comparing the cost of drug control to the drug addiction rate.
Oct 12, 2012 10:20AM ET
David Brooks on the VP generation war, Dana Milbank on Biden framing the campaign, Iain Martin on the EU peace prize, Kathleen Sharp on EPO culture, and Laura Ling on North Korea.
Oct 12, 2012 8:41AM ET
The candidates for president and vice president are actually the cream of the crop compared to the awful candidates for House and Senate, as Jon Stewart examines last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 11, 2012 6:30PM ET
In spite of baggage fees and rising oil prices, air travel is actually cheaper overall than it was in the past, according to this chart by Mark J. Perry of American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.
Oct 11, 2012 10:33AM ET
Gary E. MacDougal on poverty, Ezra Klein on campaign hope and promise, Dana Milbank on outing the CIA, Laura Bush on Malala Yousafzai, and Noliwe M. Rooks on standardized testing.
Oct 11, 2012 8:49AM ET
After Romney said he'd get rid of Big Bird, the Obama campaign simply has not let go of it, and Jon Stewart had some advice last night on The Daily Show: it's time to let it go, guys.
Oct 11, 2012 8:28AM ET
The editor of The Onion Will Tracy checks Twitter so that the satirical newspaper doesn't use your jokes and checks newspaper sites so that The Onion responds to more current events.
Oct 10, 2012 6:35PM ET
J.R.R. Tolkein put a lot of detail into the world of Lord of the Rings, and one avid fan has cataloged all of those details to produce lots of charts, like this one of Middle Earth's population by race and sex.
Oct 10, 2012 5:47PM ET
Some entrepreneurial gentlemen are generously offering to help couples cope with a sperm-donor shortage in China, according to the Global Times, by having sex with the wives.
Oct 10, 2012 4:45PM ET
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is going big with its charges against embattled cyclist Lance Armstrong: Not only did Armstrong dope, the agency says, he "ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."
Oct 10, 2012 10:23AM ET
Jack Welch on the jobs report, Maureen Dowd on Obama on his own, Clive Crook on "elected autocracy," Ross Douthat on liberal failure, and Dana Milbank on the campaign's Snuffleupagus.
Oct 10, 2012 8:56AM ET
Now that Mitt Romney has an "insurmountable, unblowable lead" in the election, Jon Stewart decided to actually look at what he's been saying about policy last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 9, 2012 3:12PM ET
When it comes to book publishing, not all countries are created equal, as this distorted map of the world by the International Publishers Association based on publishing market size shows.
Oct 9, 2012 10:00AM ET
Joe Nocera on campaign finance, David Rothkopf on Iran, Dana Milbank on Romney's brainwash, Jonathan Cohn on a delayed pivot, and Andrew Sullivan on Obama giving up.
Oct 9, 2012 8:53AM ET
After Mitt Romney said he'd end Sesame Street in last week's debate, conservatives started railing on the Public Broadcasting Network. Why do they hate it so much? Jon Stewart checked it out last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 8, 2012 4:16PM ET
Does being the last undefeated NFL team make a difference in playoffs? Yes, according to this chart by reddit user Tripp Jones.
Oct 8, 2012 10:14AM ET
E. J. Dionne Jr. on the moral hole, Bill Keller on end-of-life care, Mark Buchanan on social influence and the market, Eric Posner on drone wars, and Buzz Bissinger on voting for Romney.
Oct 5, 2012 4:15PM ET
Yes, okay, New Yorkers love to complain—but what are they complaining about? You can now see who's whining about what in this interactive map of New York 311-complaints by media artist Dietmar Offenhuber.
Oct 5, 2012 2:18PM ET
Sports talking heads Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, ESPN anchor Bram Weinstein, and ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon get in a spat about whether Washington, D.C., is a "terrible" sports town.
Oct 5, 2012 10:32AM ET
Dana Milbank on Obama's evasiveness, Paul Hodgson on bank clawbacks, Timothy Egan on the idiot undecideds, Jonathan Weil on hedge funds from prison, and Thomas J. Espenshade on affirmative action.
Oct 5, 2012 8:52AM ET
The consensus among pundits was that Obama did poorly in the debate Wednesday night, so Democrats had to find a way to "polish that turd," as Jon Stewart explained last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 4, 2012 2:37PM ET
Ah, Starbucks: You know you're in civilization when you're near one, and now, you can see just how ubiquitous it is with this map of the U.S. based on Starbucks locations by If We Assume's James R. A. Davenport.
Oct 4, 2012 2:17PM ET
Ohio county prosecutor Laina Fetherolf wants to clear things up with voters: She did not drop her panties onto a judge's bench and say "problem solved." Did not.
Oct 4, 2012 10:28AM ET
Ezra Klein on Obama and Romney's differences, Matt Miller on Romney's audacity, Karen L. Cox on being gay in the South, Sudhir Venkatesh on guns and gangs, and Chloe Angyal on the contraception debate.
Oct 4, 2012 8:35AM ET
Jon Stewart was not impressed with Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson "racially charged" video of Barack Obama from 2007 that turned out to be a widely reported speech. In fact, Stewart pointed out last night on The Daily Show that Obama sounded just like a "notorious black liberation theologist": George W. Bush.
Oct 3, 2012 1:08PM ET
Remember Lost, that lengthy show with tons of characters and a sprawling narrative? If you still like dissecting it, designer Santiago Ortiz has created an elaborate interactive of all 115 episode scripts, visualizing the anatomy of dialogue and character relations in an overly elaborate way that, well, is just very, very Lost.
Oct 3, 2012 10:40AM ET
Newton N. Minow on debates, Dana Milbank on zingers, Peter Orszag on progressive entitlements, Michael Kinsley on gaffes, and Josh Ozersky on meat supply.
Oct 3, 2012 8:49AM ET
The Pennsylvania court ruled that its controversial voter ID law would not go into effect this year, and Jon Stewart looked at why last night on The Daily Show.