Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 7, 2013 12:09PM ET
In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, tributes flooded the community to the extent that the town is now "emotionally overtaxed" with donations and letters of grief, solidarity, and sorrow — not least of all because of a digital outpouring of emotion.
Feb 7, 2013 10:47AM ET
The cover of a self-published new anthology edition of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic orphan tale has Amazon commenters reaching peak dye-job hysteria right now. Since when is Anne of Green Gables supposed to look like an Abercrombie & Fitch model?
Feb 7, 2013 9:37AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Feb 7, 2013 9:32AM ET
Dalton sent out a list of rejected applicants and parents of kids with pending applications, all in an apparent effort to get alumni to push said parents into donating money to the already very well-off school.
Feb 7, 2013 7:09AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to be perfect, so when he found out who was behind the delays of the site's ski jumping complex, he did the understandable thing and axed the Russian Olympics Committee deputy chief.
Feb 6, 2013 4:56PM ET
The United States leveled sanctions on Wednesday against the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, a gigantic umbrella group that controls Press TV, which has given the world some truly absurd versions of news stories in the past year.
Feb 6, 2013 3:23PM ET
Five colleges have recently been caught cooking admissions statistics in order to secure higher spots in the U.S. News college rankings. As admissions officers come clean about the rankings racket, suspicions about U.S. News' credibility have been raised.
Feb 6, 2013 1:06PM ET
Emotional observers are split on whether or not the Saturday delivery stoppage will be enough to save the beloved institution: Either the American institution remains as crucial as ever, or it's about to go the way of the fax machine. Here's a look at what's next.
Feb 6, 2013 10:58AM ET
After a week of speculation, from across America and including the president, the group has pushed off a decision on lifting its national ban on gay scouts and scout leaders until a national meeting in May.
Feb 6, 2013 10:15AM ET
In a week that has already seen the Obama administration's targeted killing program rise from clandestine legalise to coffee-table conversation, many unanswered question still remain: How much else does Brennan know? How much does the Senate? And how much will his confirmation hearing divulge by week's end?
Feb 6, 2013 9:42AM ET
Between Croatia's economic troubles and the rogue stories about Nora Situm's treatment costs skyrocketing at the last minute, the public shaming of Children's Hospital escalated quickly, from Zagreb to Philly and social media in between. Maybe too quickly.
Feb 6, 2013 9:29AM ET
Feb 6, 2013 8:28AM ET
On the day of the FBI raid on Jimmy Lee Dykes's bunker, he may have been very close to detonating one of his crude, home-made bombs.
Feb 6, 2013 8:21AM ET
The feline token has beat out fellow newcomers like the robot and the guitar, and will be replacing the unloved iron as the newest game piece in the classic board game, Monopoly.
Feb 6, 2013 7:47AM ET
CBS News reported this morning that the United States Post Office has decided to end Saturday delivery and will phase out the practice by the end of this summer.
Feb 5, 2013 12:37PM ET
Today's big immigration hearing at the House Judiciary Committee got off to a rocky start this morning, when Rep. John Conyers opened the proceedings by asking everyone to please stop saying the words "illegal immigrants."
Feb 5, 2013 11:49AM ET
Michelle Rhee on her school-voucher conversion, Ramesh Ponnuru on the hidden cost of reusable grocery bags, Joe Nocera on the N.C.A.A., Evgeny Morozov on Wikipedia and social change, and Jonathan Chait on the GOP electoral scheme.
Feb 5, 2013 11:42AM ET
Had he not been killed, Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 today. And had George Zimmerman not shot Martin to death, we wouldn't have to report that a Florida judge just denied the defense's motion to delay the second-degree murder trial past June 10.
Feb 5, 2013 10:13AM ET
Everyone is anxious about the "white paper" that finally begins to detail the Obama administration's opinons on targeted assassination, but what seems to have even more people worried on the morning after — and less than 48 hours from John Brennan's confirmation hearing — is what's missing from that argument.
Feb 5, 2013 10:12AM ET
Feb 5, 2013 9:33AM ET
Someone took Sheriff Joe Arpaio's credit-card information and went on a supermarket sweep, and unlike his obsession with Obama's birth certificate, it sounds like he might actually take it easy on this slightly less important fraudster.
Feb 5, 2013 8:25AM ET
Japan's Ministry of Defense is upset with the Chinese navy frigate that locked onto a Japanese navy ship with radar usually used to shoot missiles.
Feb 4, 2013 9:05PM ET
It was initially unclear what happened inside Jimmy Lee Dykes' bunker in Midland City, Alabama on Monday afternoon, but by combing through reports, we've been able to piece together an account.
Feb 4, 2013 5:03PM ET
After hostage negotiations broke down and the kidnapper was found to have a 5-year-old boy in "imminent danger" with a gun, the kindergartner known as "Ethan" was rescued today by a team of FBI agents.
Feb 4, 2013 3:33PM ET
So much for the hype from the early overnights. Super Sunday notched an official rating of 108.41 million for CBS, falling short of last year's record of 111.3 million.
Feb 4, 2013 2:01PM ET
The famed former sniper was killed over at a shooting range by a former Marine he was helping deal with PTSD. For whatever reason, Paul felt the need to weigh in with some misguided comments about PTSD treatment on Twitter, for which he was roundly mocked.
Feb 4, 2013 12:55PM ET
As President Obama takes to the road to sell a "comprehensive set of commonsense ideas" about gun violence, Senate Democrats are reportedly working on a gun-control bill that will include all of the his policy proposals — except the one that might be the biggest.
Feb 4, 2013 12:00PM ET
One way to look at the effects of gun violence in America is how many people have been killed. Another way to look at the impact: How many years have been taken from the lives of gun victims?
Feb 4, 2013 11:12AM ET
After speaking publicly for the first time since her attack at the hands of the Taliban, the 15-year-old Pakistani shooting victim had two surgical procedures to repair her skull and restore her hearing.
Feb 4, 2013 9:27AM ET