Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 11, 2013 12:32PM ET
The World Meteorological Organization announced the retirement after deciding that the name was, well, "inappropriate."
Apr 11, 2013 11:17AM ET
Kirsten Powers on media coverage of an abortion trial, Fareed Zakaria on the lessons of Thatcherism, Drew Magary on Mike Rice's abuses, Charles M. Blow on Rand Paul's Howard visit, and Tom Doran on Michelle Malkin's Twitter aggregator.
Apr 11, 2013 10:07AM ET
When you ask someone if they have a "cab story," chances are, if you're in an urban, taxi-taking environment, the answer will be yes, and will be followed by any number of harrowing tales. But those are not the only stories.
Apr 11, 2013 8:59AM ET
On the 10th day of April, the news gods once again smiled down upon Gotham's tabloids and granted them a splendid gift: Anthony Weiner confirming his mayoral run and opening up about his sexy Twitter habit. And on the 11th day, the tabloid writers had finished their work and left it for all the world to see.
Apr 11, 2013 8:42AM ET
After mastering the art of drones (by way of Photoshop) and the science of sending a monkey (that was not real) into space, the latest breakthrough out of Iran is a "time machine." The only thing stopping production, apparently, is the fear that China will make millions of crappy versions of it.
Apr 10, 2013 9:02PM ET
Police are investigating a severed goat head that was delivered to Tom Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs, at the iconic Wrigley Field. That's weird right? Not in Chicago. Apparently this has happened before — several times.
Apr 10, 2013 7:45PM ET
Georgia officials won't say why a gunman took four of local firefighters hostage in a Freddie Mac-owned house on Wednesday afternoon, but based on that Freddie Mac detail, you can venture a guess.
Apr 10, 2013 4:29PM ET
Opponents criticize Wednesday's background check compromise, suggesting it wouldn't have prevented several high profile mass shootings. Indeed, of the 30 incidents since 2003 that we looked at, the new deal would quite possibly only have stopped one.
Apr 10, 2013 4:16PM ET
The NFL said that "half the league" would never get away with playing under the influence of the little blue pills, no matter what Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman says.
Apr 10, 2013 2:10PM ET
The 24-hour New Jersey landmark is mostly known for serving comfort food beneath a giant sign imploring customers to "EAT HEAVY." But not today.
Apr 10, 2013 2:01PM ET
If you thought Virginia was weird, it's easier to pass a law through Montana's state legislature that allows citizens to eat their own roadkill than it is to strike down a law that made gay sex a felony punishable with up to 10 years in jail and a $50,000 fine.
Apr 10, 2013 12:21PM ET
New CNN president Jeff Zucker, as The Washington Post's Paul Farhi explains in a lengthy profile today, is a "hyper-competitive" but patient man who will try anything and everything to "blow up the place" and get you to watch the still struggling network without alienating the base — of viewers or advertisers.
Apr 10, 2013 11:03AM ET
Kelefa Sanneh on Brad Paisley's accidental racism, John McWhorter on the use of "illegal immigrant," Alex Pareene on Mitch McConnell's cunning, Farhad Manjoo on the Bitcoin hype cycle, and Thomas Friedman on the legacy of the Arab Spring.
Apr 10, 2013 10:19AM ET
What is the gift you can give to someone who has everything, including insomnia? The gift of sleep, of course. But it won't be cheap.
Apr 10, 2013 8:17AM ET
A treasury department letter shows the U.S. government fully, officially approved Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "educational exchange" trip to Cuba, but some politicians still aren't satisfied that they played by the government rules.
Apr 10, 2013 7:25AM ET
The New York Times national security correspondent and author of The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, is a fan of Homeland — despite covering the C.I.A., and despite the liberties the show takes.
Apr 9, 2013 10:35PM ET
Robin Kelly, the gun hating former Illinois state rep who's friends with Obama and enjoyed over $2 million of Bloomberg's money for her campaign, has won the election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. It wasn't even close.
Apr 9, 2013 7:57PM ET
Fans of justice will be glad to hear that New York City will pay for all those books and all that media equipment that the police trashed when it famously raided the Occupy Wall Street camp on November 15, 2011
Apr 9, 2013 5:48PM ET
Powerball, the ubiquitous lottery game, finally arrived in California on Monday, and began to spread its enticing message of easy, instant fortune to residents of the Golden State.
Apr 9, 2013 4:50PM ET
Since the stabbing that wounded 14 people at a Houston-area college, one student has been taking some of the credit for apprehending his fellow student.
Apr 9, 2013 4:17PM ET
Equal Pay Day acknowledges one of the worst deals in the American economy. For every dollar an average man earns, his female counterpart earns 77 cents. Here's what that looks like by state — and in real time.
Apr 9, 2013 1:27PM ET
A mass stabbing at Lone Star College in Texas captured the attention of many Tuesday as reports of a targeted pencil attack turned into the cold reality of a student with a "regular knife" and many injured in a "random attack" — and maybe a social-media tackler.
Apr 9, 2013 12:49PM ET
There is a change in the venerable Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place May 28 to 30 near Washington, D.C. Spelling is not enough. There's a vocabulary portion of the competition, now, too.
Apr 9, 2013 12:26PM ET
This is not how you'd expect Snapchat, the self-destructing image-sharing app, to get college kids into trouble: many underage students at the University of Virginia dumped their beer and spirits because of a social media hoax on Monday afternoon.
Apr 9, 2013 12:00PM ET
As Washington runs to-and-fro on firearm legislation, student gun enthusiasts at some universities are taking matters into their own hands by showing their desire for concealed weapons on campus. Here's how the gun lobby inside actual schools is trying — and failing — to set an example, one empty holster at a time.
Apr 9, 2013 10:44AM ET
Glenn Greenwald on the mourning of Margaret Thatcher, Bret Stephens on the other kind of marriage, Judith Miller on Jana Winter's jail prospects, David Plotz on his abusive high school basketball coach, and Jeffrey Goldberg on the legacy of the Iraq War.
Apr 9, 2013 8:27AM ET
The total reported impact of this still very mysterious strain has grown to eight deaths and 24 infected people, but the bird flu might just be a lot worse than China is letting on — and it wouldn't be the first time the country's health officials have "covered up" a major disease threat.
Apr 8, 2013 11:12PM ET
After a day full of criticism in the media, both of the situation and the coverage, Colorado district court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. decided to delay making a decision that would force Fox News reporter Jana Winter to reveal her anonymous sources or face jail time.
Apr 8, 2013 5:47PM ET
The grand jury process has begun, and potential new civil suits against the adults who own the homes may shed light on what's next. But local law experts and an examination of testimony reveal that, well, the grown-ups in Steubenville might get off the hook — and the jagged puzzle of accountability may go unsolved.
Apr 8, 2013 4:43PM ET
As summer approaches, you're probably beginning to wonder: do I really have to slather on sunscreen in order to protect myself from skin cancer? Well, if you trust empirical research — or listen to the Center for Disease Control — the answer is yes.