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Jul 24, 2014 2:34PM ET
In light of a very curious Twitter account, @Congressedits, which tracks changes made to Wikipedia pages from within the Capitol, Wikipedia has banned anonymous edits to their pages from a congressional IP address.
Jul 24, 2014 10:50AM ET
Michael Bloomberg on Israel, Rich Lowry on Hamas, Nick Kristof on inequality, Harold Meyerson on an open primary, and Rebecca Traister on the inequality of political donations.
Jul 24, 2014 9:54AM ET
Two days after the American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were mysteriously replaced by white banners, police are searching for a group of five young folks seen on security cameras just 20 minutes before the lights went out.
Jul 23, 2014 10:53PM ET
Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was convicted of brutally shooting and killing two people in 1989, took nearly two hours to die.
Jul 23, 2014 6:24PM ET
The Department of Education reported a mistake in Pell Grant application forms that could result in tens of thousands of students losing their financial aid status.
Jul 23, 2014 4:13PM ET
The head of the Centers for Disease Control lab that exposed workers to live anthrax and deadly strains of bird flu by improperly transporting them resigned Tuesday.
Jul 23, 2014 3:17PM ET
President Obama signed an emergency declaration Wednesday, providing federal support to help contain the largest set of wildfires in Washington state's history.
Jul 23, 2014 11:29AM ET
The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal on the latest Obamacare ruling, Leonid Bershidsky on Ukraine, Mark Bittman on French food, and Shibley Telhami on Egypt's role in Gaza.
Jul 22, 2014 5:51PM ET
Garner died Thursday after New York City police tried to arrest him for selling individual cigarettes, something that is illegal, but not uncommon.
Jul 22, 2014 4:27PM ET
Overnight, someone climbed to the top of both the Brooklyn Bridge's two 273-foot towers. A terrifying feat on its own, the culprit(s) decided to stick around and paint the American flags atop the iconic structure white.
Jul 22, 2014 3:11PM ET
Apparently, the longest-serving member of Congress has never heard of Kim, or any, Kardashian.
Jul 22, 2014 11:54AM ET
William Deresiewicz on American colleges, The Wall Street Journal on religious extremism, David Newman on Israel, Sen. Charles Schumer on political primaries, and Jess Zimmerman on Facebook.
Jul 21, 2014 1:42PM ET
The friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy and found guilty after 15 hours of jury deliberation.
Jul 21, 2014 12:07PM ET
Ahmed on Gaza, Villaraigosa on U.S. public schools, Gardam on The Church of England, Cantú on the homeless, and Bloomberg View on Dodd-Frank.
Jul 20, 2014 3:07PM ET
An 11-year-old girl at a sleepover party was among the four people killed in the 40 or so shootings in Chicago this weekend.
Jul 19, 2014 6:04PM ET
A Florida jury smacked R.J. Reynolds, America's second-largest cigarette company, with $23.6 billion in damages in a smoking case.
Jul 19, 2014 11:30AM ET
The Minnesota Vikings made their deposit to the Friday news dump with the announcement that the team would suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games after an independent investigation concluded that he made a homophobic comment.
Jul 18, 2014 5:42PM ET
Courageous whistle blower and/or infamous American traitor Edward Snowden sat down with lan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian and talked about life in Russia, the NSA culture and why he risked everything to out the NSA.
Jul 18, 2014 3:43PM ET
Four Colorado residents contracted the pneumonic plague from a local dog, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
Jul 18, 2014 1:54PM ET
The growing Carlton Complex fire in rural Washington has burned an estimated 100 homes, destroyed power lines and caused an entire town to evacuate, according to the Associated Press.
Jul 18, 2014 11:49AM ET
FedEx has been charged with shipping prescription drugs for illegal online pharmacies, the FDA said in a statement Friday.
Jul 18, 2014 10:24AM ET
Leonid Bershidsky on the MH17 crash in Ukraine, Julia Ioffe on Russia's punishment, Zoe Mintz on the future of Malaysian Airlines, Paul Krugman on inflation, and Peggy Noonan on life after the presidency.
Jul 17, 2014 4:51PM ET
The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the request to transfer Pvt. Chelsea Manning from a military prison and the Army will begin gender treatment.
Jul 17, 2014 1:23PM ET
Vinik on Paul Ryan's budget, Cepeda on Chicago's growing humanitarian crisis, The Wall Street Journal on Jack Lew, Frank on Obama's legacy, and Burns on Iran.
Jul 16, 2014 4:36PM ET
Judge Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled that the state's death penalty is unconstitutional Wednesday.
Jul 16, 2014 1:45PM ET
An atheist made history Tuesday night when he delivered a secular opening invocation at a town meeting in Greece, N.Y., the community whose leaders won a Supreme Court decision in May to uphold the right to start their gatherings with a prayer.
Jul 16, 2014 11:52AM ET
Alan Dershowitz on misleading media coverage of Israel, Jill Lawrence on immigration reform, Thomas Friedman on Gaza, John Taylor on monetary policy, and Anna Marie Cox on voter ID laws.
Jul 15, 2014 6:42PM ET
One of the four finalists in a Lay's potato chip flavor creation contest is a cappuccino-flavored chip. What's that about?
Jul 15, 2014 3:35PM ET
Following a precipitous drop in applications, the Peace Corps announced it has streamlined its notoriously rigorous applications.
Jul 15, 2014 12:34PM ET
Prominent immigration activist and former journalist Jose Antonio Vargas has been detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport.