Today's Five Best Columns
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Aug 27, 2012 12:06PM ET
If ex-Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette discloses classified information in his upcoming tell-all on the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, he could be subject to criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act, as we noted earlier. But even if he doesn't divulge any secrets, he's still got major legal problems.
Aug 27, 2012 10:02AM ET
Julian Assange has made no secret that the Ecuadorian Embassy is a boring, cramped, poorly-lit place to reside (with underwhelming dining options), but he'll have to get used to it: After a heated diplomatic row last week, Britain and Ecuador are back to square one with regards to his extradition status.
Aug 27, 2012 9:29AM ET
We learned two things over the weekend, the first being that in the Kibaale District of Uganda, some people will steal your cell phone even if you're dying of Ebola. The second? That you shouldn't steal cell phones from Ebola patients.
Aug 27, 2012 8:46AM ET
Last we saw John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," he had being captured in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban, but today he's suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons so he and his fellow inmates in a secret Indiana prison can all pray together.
Aug 27, 2012 6:05AM ET
An army helicopter was shot down over a Damascus neighborhood on Monday as Syrians continue to gather evidence of the latest massacre by government troops.
Aug 27, 2012 5:30AM ET
Taliban fighters in Afghanistan murdered and possibly beheaded 17 people over the weekend, reportedly for throwing a party with music, dancing, and mingling of men and women.
Aug 26, 2012 12:13PM ET
Unconfirmed reports coming out of Syria are saying over 200 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the town of Daraya on Saturday, and most of them were killed by sniper fire or "summarily executed."
Aug 26, 2012 10:58AM ET
The official Twitter account for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot announced that two of their members have left Russia to avoid further persecution from Russian authorities.
Aug 24, 2012 2:28PM ET
An attack on a U.S. embassy vehicle that reportedly wounded two Americans now appears to be a mix-up by Mexican police who were pursuing kidnappers, and that the car was either targeted by mistake or caught in the crossfire between police and suspects.
Aug 24, 2012 12:18PM ET
We've totally forgiven Cecilia Gimenez for ruining Elias Garcia Martinez's Ecce Homo, and judging by the numerous remixes of her work, it looks like you guys have too.
Aug 24, 2012 11:12AM ET
It's nice to get an atta-boy, especially after a tough week, especially from the president, so the tweet from President Barack Obama reaffirming his support for Vice President Joe Biden had to feel good.
Aug 24, 2012 10:34AM ET
Congressman Kevin Yoder might be embarrassed about skinny dipping in the sea of Galilee, but based on the latest reporting it sounds like neither he nor the other Republicans in his group are responsible for religious or financial transgressions.
Aug 24, 2012 9:06AM ET
Kim Jong-Un has reportedly requested a formal state visit to Beijing, but his Chinese neighbors may not thrilled by the idea of North Korea's leader crashing on their couch.
Aug 24, 2012 9:02AM ET
It feels like déjà vu all over again: France, which led the charge for military intervention in Libya last year, is now backing a partial no-fly zone in Syria—a step that would for all practical purposes amount to a declaration of war.
Aug 24, 2012 7:11AM ET
The Norwegian man who killed 77 people in mass murder spree last summer has been ruled legally sane and will be sent to prison, instead of psychiatric care.
Aug 23, 2012 6:01PM ET
Not satisfied with just having one of their staffers merely pose as a naked Prince Harry, as they did for today's paper, the U.K.'s Sun tabloid decided to go with the real-life princely flesh on their Friday frontpage, which, as they point out themselves you've probably "already seen on the Internet."
Aug 23, 2012 5:08PM ET
Another foreign journalist is missing in Syria, this time it's Austin Tice, an American who hasn't been heard from in more than a week, though we're hopeful his silence just signals a lapse in communication and not something worse.
Aug 23, 2012 12:39PM ET
The former Navy SEAL Team 6 member and anonymous author of a soon to be released tell-all book about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden better hire a security guard and a good lawyer: He's just been outed by Fox News.
Aug 23, 2012 9:44AM ET
The only place where news outlets could possibly get in real trouble for printing those naked pictures of Prince Harry is in the U.K., where royal officials have warned the press not to print them. Not to be deterred, those papers are printing stories based on pictures which they can't run.
Aug 23, 2012 9:07AM ET
If you'd like to vacation in Iran, you're never going to find a safer time to travel there then next week.
Aug 23, 2012 7:09AM ET
Despite not executing any prisoners in almost 30 years, Gambia's president has promised to carry out the death sentences for all of the nation's death row inmates before the middle of September
Aug 22, 2012 3:57PM ET
If investment in education is correlated with business competition, then the U.S. better watch out: India and China are on our tails as far college graduates go, according to this chart by research institute Center for American Progress.
Aug 22, 2012 3:33PM ET
They were the Republicans' best chance at swift-boating President Obama, but they're unraveling at the seams.
Aug 22, 2012 2:18PM ET
There have been numerous revisions to the official account of how Osama bin Ladan was killed on May 2, 2011, but a new book, set for release on September 11, promises to deliver what no one else has: The perspective of a Navy SEAL who actually participated in the raid.
Aug 22, 2012 1:50PM ET
Thanks to an apparent mix-up on Iran's part, a tantalizing story started circulating on Tuesday night that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un would be taking his first state visit to Tehran this weekend, but South Korean media reported on Wednesday that it wasn't true.
Aug 22, 2012 10:25AM ET
The final few seconds of the last footage shot by Japanese reporter Mika Yamamoto in Syria show gunfire breaking out as the camera falls to the ground.
Aug 22, 2012 10:12AM ET
At a news conference in Moscow Tuesday, Syria's Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil warned the U.S. against foreign military intervention, saying such efforts would lead to "a confrontation wider than Syria's borders."
Aug 22, 2012 9:14AM ET
Releasing the names of all 600 alleged News of the World hacking victims, as The Independent's Martin Hickman reports U.K. prosecutors intend to do soon, will make for a bevy of embarrassing headlines, but it should also have the effect of ripping off a Band-Aid.
Aug 22, 2012 6:27AM ET
The man who is third in line to the British throne might want to re-think some of late-night party antics — or find more discreet friends — after TMZ gets a hold of photos of Prince Harry stark naked in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Aug 21, 2012 6:21PM ET
The quandary of Julian Assange's situation, with diplomatic asylum granted by Ecuador but no way to leave its London embassy without arrest, is just too tantalizing for news organizations not to weigh in on, even if it means suggesting some goofy theories.