Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 2, 2013 3:47PM ET
The short answer, after he left an Indiana hospital Tuesday to join the Cardinals in Atlanta this weekend, is yes — but not for a while, and the fallout could have been worse for another player.
Apr 2, 2013 2:47PM ET
About 90 million Americans believe aliens exist. Some 66 million of us think aliens landed at Roswell in 1948. These are the things you learn when there's a lull in political news and pollsters get to ask whatever questions they want.
Apr 2, 2013 1:25PM ET
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and today marks the kickoff of a new program focused on Laurie Halse Anderson's classic Y.A. novel Speak, which tells the story of a high school girl coping in the aftermath of being raped.
Apr 2, 2013 12:53PM ET
Two inmates — one accused of strangling someone with a shoelace — used their feet to make a mad dash to freedom Tuesday when they successfully broke out of a Texas prison.
Apr 2, 2013 10:49AM ET
After three assassinations in two months, top law enforcement officials are concerned that white supremacist prison gangs may be targeting them.
Apr 2, 2013 10:43AM ET
Catherine Rampell in The New York Times on paid paternity leave, Francesca Mari on Jill Lepore's American history, Farhad Manjoo on technological cynicism, Alison Gash on gay adoption, and Megan McArdle on college admissions.
Apr 1, 2013 10:58PM ET
Despite a brief spike in interest after the Sandy Hook shootings, Americans care less about gun control than ever, even as gun control passes in Connecticut and stumbles through the Senate. Sounds like a great time for the NRA to stage another PR stunt! And that's exactly what the NRA is doing on Tuesday.
Apr 1, 2013 9:11PM ET
The case of the white supremacist suspected of killing the head of Colorado's prison system and a pizza man just got weirder. Apparently, a clerical error enabled the alleged killer to leave jail four years early.
Apr 1, 2013 8:21PM ET
The owner of a New York City apartment is accusing former tenant Arianna Huffington of trashing the place, leaving bloodied mattresses, gouged wood floors and a very expensive scratched up table.
Apr 1, 2013 6:22PM ET
According to Bill Kristol and Rick Santorum and other pundits, there's one reason for a surge in American support for gay marriage: television. But the question is: Which television show? We crunched the numbers. Sort of.
Apr 1, 2013 5:31PM ET
On a day full of enough bad jokes across the Web, and stunts from Google, and accidents in newspapers, and horrifying bunnies at the White House, these nine stories cut through the debate on April Fool's Day — whether they seemed fake or not, believe it: They were just patently absurd enough headlines from our world to be the actual news of April 1, 2013.
Apr 1, 2013 4:29PM ET
Exxon moved quickly to put up oil containment booms, and there are no reports that any oil has entered Lake Conway in Arkansas. Or, rather, not oil. What spilled is a product called "diluted bitumen," or "dilbit" — the watered-down product of a fuel extracted from oil sands.
Apr 1, 2013 4:11PM ET
The latest chapter in lessons of Kim Jong-un's saber-rattling has left us with this: South Korea and U.S. are pretty convinced North Korea isn't that serious about making good on its bellicose threats of war. So why is the U.S. continuing its own show of force by moving a big ole missile destroyer and a mobile-radar station in the direction of North Korea?
Apr 1, 2013 3:35PM ET
A lengthy piece at Slate today by Matthew J.X. Malady delves into the question of why we humans insist on taking such pleasure in hating words so vociferously. But maybe we just hate words because it's fun.
Apr 1, 2013 2:59PM ET
People went a little nuts today when a story, headlined "Wolf Pack's Prey," went up on the Daily News website (and remained at least as late as 1:15 p.m.) with a timestamp that reads "MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013, 11:17 AM." But it was a technical mistake.
Apr 1, 2013 1:58PM ET
Is it a day of unrelenting pain, or 24 hours of pure delight? Are the naysayers missing the point, or are the pranksters to be condemned? We discuss, in another round of Cocktail Crossfire.
Apr 1, 2013 12:12PM ET
Our finalists: Mike Lopresti and Norah O'Donnell — which is why our bracket has taken America by storm. Oh, in case you were wondering, Mike Lopresti writes for USA Today. And somehow, ESPN's Dick Vitale may be the underdog who would win this thing if it were an office pool instead of a really meta contest. (Unless President Obama did.)
Apr 1, 2013 9:58AM ET
Ian Crouch on Kevin Ware's injury, Paul Krugman on California's absent crisis, Michael Brendan Dougherty on the golden era of baseball, Kurt Schlichter on losing the gay marriage battle, and Mary McConnell on homeschooling.
Apr 1, 2013 9:33AM ET
It may be the chorus most heard in these modern times: technology and the way we use it has killed etiquette entirely. (Thank you?). Fortunately, the good people at the New York Times have set to work debunking this theory. Etiquette is everywhere. Is it still etiquette, though?
Apr 1, 2013 9:27AM ET
On Monday Elwin Wilson, a reformed Ku Klux Klansman, will be laid to rest. His life was notable for the hate therein — cross burnings, cantaloupe throwing, and, most famously, the beating of John Lewis — until around four years ago, when Wilson began apologizing, making his history, after he died last week, worth another look.
Apr 1, 2013 8:36AM ET
You didn't have to watch the Cardinals's reserve guard suffer one of the most gruesome leg injuries in college sports history Sunday, but surely you heard about the emotional news — now there's some good news.
Apr 1, 2013 7:22AM ET
If it seems like more and more kids these days are coming down with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, you're not going crazy. The numbers are through the roof.
Mar 31, 2013 1:10PM ET
Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia Woodward McLelland were found slain in their Texas home Saturday evening and some are connecting their deaths to the January killing of McLelland's assistant district attorney.
Mar 30, 2013 12:14AM ET
Just in case you were thinking of enjoying the tasty gifts bestowed upon you by the Easter bunny, the BBC would like you to keep in mind that they might ruin your beautiful face.
Mar 29, 2013 10:25PM ET
A grand jury has indicted 35 school administrators and teachers for their alleged part in the biggest standardized test cheating ring in our nation's history.
Mar 29, 2013 6:11PM ET
A big week for gay rights in Washington was a big one for the entertainment world, too, and it looks like the NFL could have its first gay player come out of the closet in time for Week One of the new season. Here's a rundown of the locker rooms where the NFL's mystery man might feel welcome — and less so.
Mar 29, 2013 5:20PM ET
Discovered: An autism myth based on a myth, debunked; a link between frackin and an earthquake; the key to more effective math classes; desert "fairy circles" explained.
Mar 29, 2013 4:02PM ET
The Human Rights Campaign's social media blitz was so effective that Facebook engineers decided to map the portions of the United States, county by county, where users were most likely to change their avatar.
Mar 29, 2013 3:57PM ET
Student fees have been something of a known irritant for years, often criticized as a kind of stealth, second tuition imposed on unsuspecting families. But such fees are still on the rise on many campuses. And though their names can border on the comical — i.e., the "student success fee" — there's nothing funny about how they can add up.
Mar 29, 2013 3:19PM ET
This Sunday is Easter, which brings up all sorts of important religious, metaphysical, emotional, whimsical, rhetorical, and candy-based questions to mind. For the purposes of this piece, we will focus on questions of Peeps.