Today's Five Best Columns
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Mar 7, 2014 11:54AM ET
No more bets, no more bets! Whoever had "March 7" in the "When will some columnist write about how Obama is the first female president?" pool can collect your winnings.
Mar 7, 2014 9:57AM ET
For the Republican party, it's hard to see Pew's new survey of American millennials as very good news.
Mar 4, 2014 3:07PM ET
Putin's invasion of Ukraine is President Obama's fault, as Obama critics have been hasty to point out. But what Obama specifically did is still up for contention. Here are the nominees.
Mar 4, 2014 1:20PM ET
On Tuesday, the White House released its proposed 2015 budget, a document that The Los Angeles Times describes as "policies far more likely to be written into a campaign ad than a federal law."
Mar 4, 2014 10:28AM ET
You might recall a time when President Obama was a strongman hell-bent on subverting democracy. That was way back in February. Now, Obama's critics point out that he is an untough wimp who, in the evocative words of Sarah Palin, "wears mom jeans."
Mar 3, 2014 10:28AM ET
Putin's annexation of Crimea caught Washington off guard. The points of consensus seem to be these: The only responses available are un-tough ones, and the only reason Putin did what he did was because Obama wasn't tough enough.
Feb 28, 2014 3:57PM ET
Organizing For Action, the non-profit outgrowth of the 2012 Obama For America campaign, had to return a $100,000 check to a donor with a felony conviction that was reported by NBC News.
Feb 28, 2014 1:34PM ET
President Obama announced on Thursday a new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper" aimed at bolstering the ability of young men of color to succeed in America.
Feb 27, 2014 6:21PM ET
People have been playing around with a tool from Clarity Campaigns that tells you how Democratic or Republican a first name is. We put it to the test with the most partisan group in America: Congress.
Feb 27, 2014 5:02PM ET
Mark Penn, dropped by the 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign well after it was clear she would lose, landed at Microsoft, where he's been running the company's marketing efforts against Google.
Feb 27, 2014 10:55AM ET
Joe Biden is almost certainly as close to the presidency as he's going to get, bless his heart. He's 73, he feels younger, and everything says that he should run for president except the polls.
Feb 27, 2014 9:39AM ET
Time has the story of the team of guys (basically all guys) that fixed Healthcare.gov, making it a footnote in the great war over Obamacare and paving the way for Democrats like Hillary Clinton to embrace it.
Feb 26, 2014 2:14PM ET
Rand Paul put a hold on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General on Tuesday. His sole concern, echoing nearly a month of critique from conservatives, is that Murthy opposes guns.
Feb 26, 2014 12:32PM ET
The evolution of the role of the presidency and politicians from staid wig-wearers to guy-I-want-to-drink-beer-with has led to a man-of-the-people arms race in which Americans in every state will suffer.
Feb 26, 2014 3:37AM ET
Lawyers for the Obama administration have presented four possible methods for retooling the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
Feb 26, 2014 1:01AM ET
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met in the Oval Office for an hour-long one-on-one conversation on Tuesday, and the session turned into a quick overview of many issues facing the country.
Feb 25, 2014 1:16PM ET
The politics of race are simpler than we pretend: Some people are racist, and candidates need their votes to win. Which is why senate candidates Mary Landrieu and Alison Lundergan Grimes made one smart strategic decision early in their careers: being born white.
Feb 25, 2014 9:57AM ET
The Tea Party, never an actual party so much as a brand name and a pick-and-choose list of conservative values, has launched a semi-organized push to oust the GOP's Congressional leadership. It's not going well.
Feb 24, 2014 10:12AM ET
The Supreme Court today will hear arguments about the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions precisely when the political debate is become focused on Obama's use of such executive authority.
Feb 21, 2014 1:37PM ET
Ted Nugent apologized for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" in January but not before comparing his comments to 44 even-more-offensive things.
Feb 21, 2014 9:19AM ET
Next month, Obama will release his 2015 budget, proposing an increase in spending and tax revenue. Obama finally appears to be done playing the "compromise" game.
Feb 19, 2014 3:20PM ET
While traveling in Mexico on Wednesday, President Obama addressed the ongoing violence in Ukraine on Wednesday with a strong statement aimed primarily at the Ukrainian government.
Feb 19, 2014 10:38AM ET
The value of an art history degree has become The Political Issue of Our Time.
Feb 19, 2014 9:47AM ET
Door-knocking. Expensive television ads. Independent groups lining up in support. President Obama's third political campaign — this time, to make Obamacare a success — looks like his first two. But it isn't going quite as well.
Feb 17, 2014 5:46PM ET
In 2014, Obamacare is likely to be a big issue — and a negative one for Democrats. Their damage control strategy will likely come down to: "The Republicans would do worse."
Feb 17, 2014 12:45PM ET
A new theme is emerging for November, a repeat from the Congressional elections of 1775, had there been some. A king — Obama — is trying to tell us what to do, and we — Republican patriots — won't allow it.
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 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 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 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.