Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 19, 2012 10:36AM ET
What Engel and NBC didn't tell us about was missing technical support staffer Ian Rivers. We didn't know about him until NBC released a statement Wednesday morning.
Dec 19, 2012 9:36AM ET
Michael Bloomberg on gun control, Matt Miller on gun buyback programs, Lydia DePillis on Instagram, Chris McDermott on the Keystone XL pipeline, and Scott A. Snyder on South Korea's first female president.
Dec 19, 2012 7:46AM ET
President Barack Obama has won Time's Person of the Year for the second time.
Dec 19, 2012 7:42AM ET
Attacks on United Nations health workers in Pakistan continued for a third straight day, even though their polio vaccination program had been suspended due to the violence.
Dec 19, 2012 7:15AM ET
An appeals court in France refused to drop prostitution-related claims against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, which means his legal troubles are not yet finished after more than a year of sexual scandals.
Dec 18, 2012 11:42PM ET
So, you thought you had a traumatic childhood. Were you ever abducted by one of the world's deadliest birds of prey? This tiny toddler from Montréal just was.
Dec 18, 2012 1:39PM ET
A heist that threatened to devastate the Canadian economy (sort of) has been solved (for the most part).
Dec 18, 2012 10:30AM ET
The rogue country's successful launch last week of a "space object" quickly tumbled out of control and, well, it's spiraling somewhere over your head right now — and it might not stop floating around up there for the next several years.
Dec 18, 2012 9:28AM ET
Jonathan Cohn on the emerging fiscal cliff deal, Frank Bruni on a shooting's aftermath, Jeffrey Toobin on the Second Amendment, Haytham Manna on Syria, and Josh Kraushaar on Tim Scott.
Dec 18, 2012 7:25AM ET
Gunmen in Pakistan have killed six people and wounded several others who were working on an anti-polio vaccination program, amid accusations that the campaign is part of a Western conspiracy against Muslims.
Dec 18, 2012 6:47AM ET
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is in a Baghdad hospital after apparently suffering a stroke.
Dec 17, 2012 1:17PM ET
The official inquiry into a garment factory fire that killed more than 100 workers in Bangladesh last month has concluded that the fire was deliberately set, though it can't say who did it or why.
Dec 17, 2012 9:36AM ET
Patrick Radden Keefe on gun control, Molly Redden on Michigan Republicans, Paul Krugman on the deficit, L. Gordon Crovitz on Internet freedom, and Hannah Beech on Japanese elections.
Dec 17, 2012 7:49AM ET
Kate Middleton may have some competition in the dynastic pregnancy game as new pictures out of North Korea appear to show Kim Jong-un's wife sporting a very important baby bump.
Dec 17, 2012 6:31AM ET
Farouk Al-Sharaa is technically still the vice-president of Syria, but is quick to remind everyone that he doesn't make any decisions on behalf of the regime.
Dec 16, 2012 10:30PM ET
It's scary enough to think of what the Assad regime could do with the several hundred tons of chemical weapons that are scattered across Syria. It's simply horrifying to think of what terrorists would do.
Dec 16, 2012 11:17AM ET
Mohamed Morsi's controversial constitution went to a public referendum on Saturday, and despite being up against a very large, vocal opposition, it appears the bill will survive.
Dec 16, 2012 10:29AM ET
Greece is planning to crack down on its tax evasion problem with a committee of wise guys. No, seriously, that's their plan.
Dec 14, 2012 9:52AM ET
The United Nations and Iran ended their latest negotiations over the country's nuclear program with an agreement to hold more negotiations, which is what amounts to a breakthrough in this ongoing stalemate.
Dec 14, 2012 9:45AM ET
Yes, this is an actual picture of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un watching his country's (mostly) successful and not-quite-nuclear launch of a satellite into space this week... while relaxing with a smoke.
Dec 14, 2012 9:38AM ET
Max Fisher on Chuck Hagel, Roger Cohen on oil, Simon Jenkins on North Korea, Jeffrey Goldberg on Australia, and Palav Babaria on Obamacare.
Dec 14, 2012 9:07AM ET
Liu Qiyuan refuses to die on December 21 — the day of this alleged Mayan apocalypse — which is why he's spent around $350,000 constructing seven gigantic survival pods strong enough, he claims, to withstand fires, tsunamis, and earthquakes.
Dec 14, 2012 5:46AM ET
The United States has agreed to send two Patriot missile batteries to defend Turkey's border against Syria missiles, and that also means 400 more American troops will be on the ground and closer than ever to the ongoing fight in Syria.
Dec 13, 2012 5:38PM ET
This chart from Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project looks at social media's global reach, but as an interesting aside it also reveals how many people say they don't use the Internet.
Dec 13, 2012 1:37PM ET
Though Russians are panicking about the upcoming doomsday and Gail Collins is writing her column about zombies, it's important to note this new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service.
Dec 13, 2012 1:08PM ET
The British government is still trying to solve the bizarre 2006 poisoning death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who was apparently not only working for MI6 but also with Spanish intelligence and his ex-KGB pals.
Dec 13, 2012 9:24AM ET
Michael Bloomberg on the fiscal cliff, Ezra Klein on conservative fiscal policies, Amy Davidson on Antonin Scalia, Michael Mazza on North Korea, and Xu Zhiyong on Tibet.
Dec 13, 2012 7:51AM ET
A high ranking Russian minister has publicly admitted that the Syrian government might lose its civil war, but doesn't seem excited about the possibility of a future without Bashar al-Assad.
Dec 13, 2012 6:32AM ET
China once again challenged Japanese claims to a disputed set of islands in the East China Sea, this time by sending a plane to patrol the area, which prompted Japan to scramble its own air force.
Dec 12, 2012 1:01PM ET
It's the first time Assad's forced have used the weapons inside their own country. A senior official says that Obama administration considers this "a significant escalation" — especially given the possibility that SCUDs could be used to deliver chemical weapons.