Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 30, 2012 1:29AM ET
A key component to ending Morsi's executive decree that gives him near universal power in Egypt is almost ready for him to approve. Except that everyone who doesn't agree with Morsi still hates it.
Nov 29, 2012 10:50PM ET
Dominique Strauss-Kahn just got one big step closer to not having any outstanding legal problems Thursday evening. He finally settled things with the maid from the Sofitel hotel.
Nov 29, 2012 9:45PM ET
Did you hear? Did you hear? I'll tell you everything, my dears. The pope didn't cancel Christmas after all!
Nov 29, 2012 5:03PM ET
Early Thursday evening, even after some last-minute diplomatic swings, Palestine easily won a vote in the U.N. General Assembly, changing its status from "entity" to "non-member state" — just like the Vatican. So what's the big deal?
Nov 29, 2012 2:04PM ET
Choosing a vacation based on your current mood just got a lot easier, thanks to this new map from The Washington Post's Max Fisher.
Nov 29, 2012 1:50PM ET
A South Korean newspaper is claiming that a group of U.S. officials took an undercover trip to Pyongyang back in August, the second "secret" diplomatic meeting they've allegedly held in North Korea this year.
Nov 29, 2012 11:48AM ET
A 21-year-old woman thought Mumbai shouldn't have been shutdown for the funeral of an Islamophobic leader. Broadcasting such opinions on Facebook was apparently grounds for arrest.
Nov 29, 2012 11:39AM ET
Rumors began spreading early this morning that phone and internet services were failing in major Syrian cities, but several Internet traffic companies have now determined that every single Syrian IP address has effectively been blocked.
Nov 29, 2012 9:25AM ET
According to The New York Times, the White House is "considering several alternatives" to intervention in the Syrian civil war, but remains leery about the backlash of sparking a wider conflict—even as time runs down on how or whether to step in.
Nov 29, 2012 9:06AM ET
Amy Davidson on Hillary Clinton, Matthew Yglesias on the fiscal cliff, Daniel Byman on Al Qaeda, Bill George on H.P., and Shikha Dalmia on immigration.
Nov 29, 2012 7:33AM ET
A court in Moscow ruled today that the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot are "extremists" and that any website that continues to host video clips shot by and of them should be blocked.
Nov 28, 2012 11:49PM ET
As if the story of the deadly blaze that killed 112 people in a Bangladeshi garment factory couldn't get any worse, new details suggest that somebody locked the workers in the burning building.
Nov 28, 2012 5:11PM ET
It would be a generally bad idea for Terry Jones, the Florida pastor most famous for burning Korans and being a generally terrible human being, to vacation in Egypt right about now. Because he would die.
Nov 28, 2012 12:55PM ET
Earlier this month, Iran's news agency provided visual evidence that its government had figured out to make a fancy new drone that could take off and land vertically. What they didn't tell us is that they used Photoshop.
Nov 28, 2012 12:47PM ET
On the day three employees of BP are to be arraigned on criminal charges, the United States announced that the company is banned from winning any new government contracts until they get their act together.
Nov 28, 2012 11:09AM ET
It may or may not win tomorrow's vote to achieve "non-member observer state" status at the United Nations, but several European powers are changing their opinion on Palestine.
Nov 28, 2012 9:30AM ET
Jonathan Cohn on Medicare, Grover Norquist on the fiscal cliff, Lynette H. Ong on China's construction boom, Bess Lovejoy on digging up the dead, and Jane Kramer on female bishops.
Nov 28, 2012 7:43AM ET
Two of Egypt's highest courts have suspended their work in protest of Mohamed Morsi's controversial immunity decree, saying they won't be intimidated by the president's attempt to limit their power over him.
Nov 28, 2012 6:42AM ET
More than 50 people were killed this morning when two coordinated car bombs were set off in a mostly Christian neighborhood in the center of the Syrian capital, prompting fears of a new "Battle for Damascus."
Nov 27, 2012 5:01PM ET
Turns out, that employee from the Mars research team was just really excited about the mission — and not one specific, universe-altering discovery.
Nov 27, 2012 12:20PM ET
Tuesday brought yet another day of protest to Cairo's Tahrir Square, as Egyptians continue to fight back against President Mohamed Morsi's power grab — and with many more on the way, as the demonstrations are expected to grow throughout the night.
Nov 27, 2012 10:23AM ET
With the conflict in Gaza at a tenuous point, a Holocaust-denying Hungarian lawmaker thought the next logical thing to do would be to ask the government to draw up a list of Jews who pose a national security threat. Because, really, what could go wrong with that?
Nov 27, 2012 9:52AM ET
Joe Nocera on Obama's new cabinet, Jonah Goldberg on Mohamed Morsi, Dana Milbank on Rick Santorum, Peter Hakim on Mexico, and Sarah Ditum on gender-neutral toys.
Nov 27, 2012 8:55AM ET
Gosh, it's totally inappropriate to laugh at the conflict in the Middle East, right? Well, it's totally Jon Stewart's fault.
Nov 27, 2012 6:45AM ET
The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were exhumed and quickly reburied today as scientists removed samples from his body in the hopes of learning whether or not he might have been poisoned.
Nov 26, 2012 3:15PM ET
After handing himself new powers over the weekend — and taking heat for it across the globe — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi met with the country's top judges to assure them that he hasn't usurped their authority. So who believes him?
Nov 26, 2012 12:55PM ET
As the Syrian economy began to unravel and the military pressed hard against an armed rebellion, a Syrian government plane ferried what flight records describe as more than 200 tons of "bank notes" from Moscow.
Nov 26, 2012 9:59AM ET
The warden at his detention center denied the Times request to interview Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in person, so he delivered written responses through his lawyer instead. But the story does provide plenty of new background about how he duped actors and financial backers into helping to make his movie.
Nov 26, 2012 9:23AM ET
Warren Buffett on taxing the ultra-rich, William D. Cohan on Jon Corzine, Dennis Ross on the Middle East, John Vidal on climate change, and E.J. Dionne on the Catholic Church.
Nov 26, 2012 8:59AM ET
Thousands took to the streets today to protest factory conditions in Bangladesh, as a second clothing-factory fire broke out just two days after a horrific blaze killed over 100 garment workers.