Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 18, 2012 9:38AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Oct 18, 2012 9:37AM ET
For more than 80 years, the Boy Scouts of America have been keeping tabs on suspected pedophiles. Today, some 20,000 pages of those documents from 1966 to 1985 will go public in a searchable database, giving us a glimpse of exactly how "safe" the Boy Scouts kept their boys.
Oct 18, 2012 9:36AM ET
After being dumped by Nike yesterday, most of Lance Armstrong remaining sponsors started piling on in the mass effort to distance themselves from his doping scandal.
Oct 17, 2012 10:17PM ET
A 21-year-old Bangladeshi man failed to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday, largely thanks to the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Oct 17, 2012 2:49PM ET
While the war in Afghanistan continues, so too does the contractor partying. Today ABC News has posted exclusive video showing two security men from Jorge Scientific getting wasted in Kabul.
Oct 17, 2012 1:19PM ET
There are more reports out England today that 14-year-old Taliban shooting victim Malala Yousufzai is responding well to treatment and has a good chance of fully recovering without any brain damage.
Oct 17, 2012 10:22AM ET
Cass R. Sunstein on the conservative Constitution, Steven M. Davidoff on Dodd-Frank, Jeffrey A. Meyer on privacy and drug-sniffing dogs, Steve Kornacki on the debate impact, and Ruth Marcus on solitary confinement.
Oct 17, 2012 9:32AM ET
Oct 17, 2012 8:44AM ET
The walls continue to close in on Lance Armstrong as his biggest sponsor has ended their contract with him and he's stepping down as the head of the charitable foundation that bears his name.
Oct 16, 2012 6:41PM ET
After about a month of boiling, cooling, fermenting and settling—the verdict on the White House beer recipe is in: It's delicious!
Oct 16, 2012 5:28PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Oct 16, 2012 5:16PM ET
Yes, Americans are getting fatter, but not all of us are, right? Now you can see in this interactive from Scientific American of the changing rates of obesity, heavy drinking, and tobacco use by state.
Oct 16, 2012 3:56PM ET
Mix It Up at Lunch Day is about encouraging kids to sit with other kids and making new lunch buddies—the thought of which has shaken up individuals at the American Family Association so much that it sent Bryan Fischer to CNN and is now comparing it to cyanide-laced candy. After 200 or so schools have canceled the event, we investigated first hand at just how evil Mix It Up Day is.
Oct 16, 2012 3:31PM ET
Being rich is full of horrible, unbearable contradictions. At least that's the takeaway from this Quora thread in which a user complains of being torn apart by his crippling $20 million net worth.
Oct 16, 2012 3:24PM ET
Dinesh D'Souza, who when not touting conservative documentary 2016: Obama's America or being the president of upstart Manhattan Christian school King's College, was caught by evangelical news magazine World introducing a young blonde woman to attendees at an evangelical Christian conference as his fiancée—even though he was still married to his wife of 20 years.
Oct 16, 2012 12:22PM ET
Gas prices are so high and the federal minimum wage is so low that working for one hour at the federal rate can't buy two gallons of gas at the nationwide average price.
Oct 16, 2012 10:25AM ET
Ramesh Ponnuru on protectionism, David Brooks with rules for lawmakers, William Pesek on "Gangnam Style" economy, Dana Milbank on Harry Reid, and Jo Ellen Chatham on the conservative argument for PBS.
Oct 16, 2012 9:41AM ET
Oct 16, 2012 7:48AM ET
A new study connects a lack of sleep to increased obesity and diabetes by showing how sleep deprivation can hurt people on a cellular level.
Oct 15, 2012 6:30PM ET
Today, Serena Dai drew our attention to Glenn Beck's new line of jeans, which only come in classic or straight fits. One commenter says that without a skinny version, hipsters won't wear them. Not even ironically.
Oct 15, 2012 4:45PM ET
For a country that already has a problem with roving outlaws, this is the last thing you want to have happen.
Oct 15, 2012 3:01PM ET
A mystery has been solved: the softball-sized eyeball that washed up on Pompano Beach, Florida, belongs to a swordfish.
Oct 15, 2012 10:03AM ET
Bill Keller on sexual predators, Jackson Diehl on Obama and Syria, Paul Krugman on health care, Tim Judah on the EU's Nobel Peace Prize, and Lawrence Summers on the vicious economic cycle.
Oct 15, 2012 9:41AM ET
Oct 15, 2012 9:24AM ET
After three years on the market and one infamous tenant, a Russian buyer has scooped up the Tribeca townhouse Dominique Strauss Khan rented for $60,000 a month while under house arrest for a cool $10.5 million, which was around $600,000 more than its most recent asking price.
Oct 15, 2012 6:30AM ET
A new study shoots big holes in one of the major criticisms of the HPV vaccine, by showing that young girls don't become more promiscuous after getting shots to protect against the sexually transmitted disease.
Oct 14, 2012 5:58PM ET
Former Republican Senator Arlen Specter passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 82. His son said he lost his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Oct 14, 2012 5:22PM ET
Christopher Stevens' father would really like it if everyone stopped trying to turn his son's death into a political issue.
Oct 14, 2012 9:42AM ET
Daredevil parachutist Felix Baumgartner survived his attempt to break the record for the highest sky dive ever today. He did it. He really did it.
Oct 13, 2012 12:21PM ET
The space shuttle Endeavour is retiring. Did you not hear? It celebrated its new life of sitting by the fire and reading Reader's Digest with a scenic fall drive through L.A. on Friday and Saturday.