Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 23, 2012 3:37PM ET
Walmart employees were threatening to bring holiday shopping to its knees by striking on the busiest shopping day of the year to show their demand for a better working conditions. So, how did it go?
Nov 23, 2012 9:58AM ET
We don't want to jump the gun or anything, but this Black Friday seems to be pretty civil? There's an unsettling lack of mayhem happening on the craziest shopping day of the year.
Nov 22, 2012 4:38PM ET
There's a movement growing that says we should get rid of the Ames Straw Poll. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was the first person to say that this thing has got to go, and now other politicians are agreeing with him.
Nov 22, 2012 12:54PM ET
Before you yell at us for defying the whole spirit of Thanksgiving, hear us out. Family is great and wonderful and they provide for us and love us unconditionally, but sometimes you need to get away from them. Family, frankly, can be annoying.
Nov 22, 2012 10:21AM ET
You're watching this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade because that's what you're supposed to do while mom and dad cook, and football hasn't started yet. The floats are a bit unspectacular this year, so we've gone into the archives and assembled our own parade from years past.
Nov 21, 2012 5:47PM ET
If you thought an icky sex scandal would damage the selling power of all those furry, red, loveable Elmo toys this holiday shopping season, you underestimated the selling power of Sesame Street's all-time best-seller.
Nov 21, 2012 5:20PM ET
The number of LSAT tests administered dropped from 45,169 last October to 37,780 this October—a decline of 16.4 percent, ad the lowest since 1999.
Nov 21, 2012 3:42PM ET
Just in time for the holiday travel rush, the T.S.A. is facing perhaps its most public pat-down gross-out yet.
Nov 21, 2012 3:00PM ET
You had to know this was coming. ESPN has paid a whopping $6 billion to broadcast the new college-football playoff games — the ones that Obama was so keen to tell you about during the campaign.
Nov 21, 2012 11:33AM ET
In news that will satisfy anyone interested in the CIA talking points about the Benghazi attacks who is not Senator John McCain, intelligence officials are now saying that the changes were measured choices made by ... intelligence officials, not the White House.
Nov 21, 2012 11:03AM ET
San Francisco's ban on fully-naked people may be on, but the half-monty photos will always endure.
Nov 21, 2012 10:49AM ET
Despite pitting two animals against one another in a Facebook contest to choose the National Thanksgiving Turkey, the president will still pardon both birds—Cobbler and his alternate Gobbler—per the White House.
Nov 21, 2012 10:21AM ET
The Dutch have done away with their silly weed-pass rule, which would have banned tourists from smoking legal dope in their "coffee shops" without a locals-only "cannabis card."
Nov 21, 2012 9:52AM ET
Police had to resort to pepper-spray after a procedural move by Mayor Cory Booker caused angry citizens to storm the stage in protest—and should cause tremors in a possible fight against Chris Christie.
Nov 21, 2012 9:44AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Nov 21, 2012 9:39AM ET
Mark Bittman on Thanksgiving dinner, Jeffrey Goldberg on Israel, Jeffrey Toobin on the filibuster, Ian Bremmer on Syria, and John Podhoretz on how Obama won.
Nov 21, 2012 8:39AM ET
In order to convince a judge to deny Valle his bail request in court Tuesday, prosecutors revealed that NYPD cop Gilberto Valle had been planning way in advance for a Thanksgiving meal of "girl meat.""
Nov 20, 2012 9:44PM ET
Wrap your hope in cellophane and box it away for another year, because Hostess says its last ditch effort to make amends with its bakers' union "was unsuccessful."
Nov 20, 2012 9:03PM ET
It's official, guys: San Francisco has banned public nudity. No more hanging out pantsless at bus stops in the Castro or nude sunbathing on Fisherman's Wharf or naked mud wrestling in Golden Gate Park. To put it rather bluntly, no more fun.
Nov 20, 2012 6:41PM ET
Drunk drivers are not the biggest problem on California's roads according to a new survey from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Nov 20, 2012 6:08PM ET
California Rep. Zoe Lofgren reached out to Redditors for ideas on new Internet legislation. The gesture was surely well intentioned, but as one of our commenters noted, the idea of Reddit writing our laws is a bit terrifying.
Nov 20, 2012 4:03PM ET
The failed Senate candidate is playing the "deny everything" game after a report that one of her campaign staffers received a cruel kind of severance pay.
Nov 20, 2012 3:22PM ET
The White House turkey pardoning ceremony is a Thanksgiving tradition, but what happens to the poor birds that don't pardoned? The White House's new social media outreach makes us go all existential on the holiday.
Nov 20, 2012 2:37PM ET
Gone are the days when you'd ask that nice neighborhood guy or gal to come over and watch the kiddos for a few hours while you jetted off to do errands and get your hair done.
Nov 20, 2012 11:00AM ET
Over the past few days we've watched this John McAfee murder scandal grow into full-fledged absurdity that should be paid attention for its utter defiance of reality.
Nov 20, 2012 9:44AM ET
Michael Specter on Marco Rubio the scientist, Alex Pareene on political memes, David Brooks on the conservative blogosphere, John Nichols on Twinkies, and Katrina vanden Heuvel on the war on drugs.
Nov 20, 2012 9:31AM ET
Nov 19, 2012 10:55PM ET
The explosion in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis that killed two people and severely damaged dozens of homes last week was no accident.
Nov 19, 2012 10:05PM ET
The Los Angeles Galaxy just announced that Sunday's MLS Cup will be David Beckham's last game with the club, despite the fact that he has one year left on his contract.
Nov 19, 2012 4:05PM ET
This Friday, hoards of Americans will line up, and wait, and fight, and at way-too-early-for-a-day-off hours, to get discounts that studies have shown aren't even the best deals around—and they'll do it because of reasons outside of their control.