Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 21, 2012 10:46AM ET
For the first time in years, everyone seems to agree that the economy truly appears to be back on track, as most of this week's new economic indicators zoomed past expectations.
Dec 21, 2012 7:18AM ET
North Korean officials admitted on Friday that they have detained a Korean-born American citizen, accusing him of an unspecified "crime."
Dec 21, 2012 12:01AM ET
Midnight has come and gone on December 21 and the world is still intact. At least where we are.
Dec 20, 2012 3:32PM ET
The WikiLeaks founder re-emerged today for a Christmas address promising a leak guaranteed to affect "every country in this world." Fine, we'll bite. Maybe.
Dec 20, 2012 1:36PM ET
The most noxious, wrongheaded, misleading, silly, and downright awful pieces of punditry to somehow end up in print or online this year.
Dec 20, 2012 12:34PM ET
The world is ending right now! Unless you believe the Mayans were operating on Daylight Savings Time, in which case the clock is ticking on both Earth's final hours and the race for the stupidest ways to get ready.
Dec 20, 2012 9:41AM ET
Jeffrey Rosen on Robert Bork's legacy, Ezra Klein on what would make a good fiscal cliff deal, Adam Gopnik on gun control, Andres Oppenheimer on Latin America and the Senate, and Timothy Garton Ash on Britain and the EU.
Dec 20, 2012 9:33AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin took questions from the media in a marathon press conference today that covered everything from Gerard Depardieu to the end of the world, and even a few things that actually matter.
Dec 20, 2012 9:16AM ET
Today the country has blessed us with Pyongyang Racer, the first video game ever to come out of North Korea, and just like their satellite, it's not very good.
Dec 20, 2012 7:01AM ET
The Israeli Defense Forces have been accused of violating international law when they targeted media offices during the recent military campaign in Gaza.
Dec 19, 2012 9:14PM ET
The Ikea monkey's mom is mad. First, animal control officials took away her precious Darwin. Now, they won't give him back. So she decided to stage a protest with 15 friends.
Dec 19, 2012 2:24PM ET
The world was briefly fascinated by a video that purported to show a Golden Eagle snatching a baby right in the middle of a Montreal park. But, as with most wonderful things on the Internet, it was only a matter of time before it was revealed to be fake.
Dec 19, 2012 12:35PM ET
Just hours after the release of a report criticizing the State Department for its security failures, the Assistant Secretary of State in charge of security has resigned. So have two others.
Dec 19, 2012 11:01AM ET
In response to U.S. criticism of Russia's human rights record, parliament in Moscow is considering a bill that would prohibit American citizens from adopting Russian children.
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.