Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 15, 2014 11:39AM ET
Thanks to some sloppy penmanship, the residents of St. Louis aren’t quite sure whether their city turns 250 years old today or next month. Or maybe it was yesterday.
Feb 14, 2014 5:14PM ET
In the ongoing debate over how the military should reform how its handling of sexual assault, one case has gotten more attention than the rest.
Feb 14, 2014 11:47AM ET
President Barack Obama will announce a promise to give California farmers up to expedite tens of millions of dollars in aid within the next 60 days, to help them recover from damages caused by what some say is the worst California drought in 100 years.
Feb 14, 2014 10:09AM ET
An internal memo on the massive NSA leak is painting a clearer picture of how former contractor Edward Snowden was able to gain access to so many secret documents, and it appears he may have been a little sneakier than he says.
Feb 14, 2014 9:21AM ET
Damn it, Florida: We almost had a magical thing going on here, then you had to ruin it by remaining so warm, sunny and, well, mulishly Floridalike.
Feb 13, 2014 10:50PM ET
Virginia just became the latest state to have its same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.
Feb 13, 2014 2:37PM ET
A Republican State Senator from Colorado, Bernie Herpin, is under fire for suggesting that it was "maybe a good thing" that James Holmes, who killed 12 and injured 70 people when he opened fire in an Aurora movie theater in 2012, was using a high-capacity magazine.
Feb 13, 2014 11:14AM ET
A years-long legal battle over the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has cost Rutherford County $343,276 in legal fees, as a group of plaintiffs opposed to the center's existence continue to pursue their lawsuit against it.
Feb 13, 2014 10:40AM ET
David Weigel on the conviction of Ray Nagin, James Fallows on the original House of Cards, Brian Beutler on the GOP debt limit fight, Kavitha A. Davidson on a major baseball lawsuit, Rachel Monroe on Airbnb and the housing market.
Feb 13, 2014 9:50AM ET
An early-morning gas pipeline explosion in Adair County, Kentucky left a 60-foot crater in the ground and completely destroyed two homes and multiple vehicles.
Feb 13, 2014 8:26AM ET
Afghanistan has released 65 prisoners in a step towards shuttering a former military prison Afghan leaders believe is stoking conflict with the Taliban -- despite harsh criticism from American leaders, who believe the prisoners to be dangerous.
Feb 13, 2014 3:27AM ET
Scientists researching nuclear energy have made a breakthrough in nuclear fusion with an experiment that generated more fuel than was put in.
Feb 12, 2014 6:03PM ET
Much of North Carolina was hit hard by a massive winter storm on Wednesday, snarling roads, flooding Durham-area 911 dispatches with emergency calls, and covering parts of the state with as many as eight inches of snow.
Feb 12, 2014 2:18PM ET
A federal jury found former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin guilty of 20 counts of corruption charges, all but one of the 21 charges he faced.
Feb 12, 2014 1:20PM ET
A federal judge decided against a portion of Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage recognition on Wednesday, declaring a provision that bars the state from recognizing legally-conducted same-sex marriages from other states unconstitutional.
Feb 12, 2014 11:38AM ET
While many of us were sound asleep, the Earth decided to open its gaping maw right under the worst possible place for car lovers: The National Corvette Museum.
Feb 12, 2014 10:54AM ET
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who along with his late brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev is a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, will go on trial in November of this year.
Feb 12, 2014 9:26AM ET
With an ice-storm already cutting off power to thousands in the South, a civil emergency in Georgia and South Carolina, and another snow storm brewing in the North, it's really just time for all of us to band together and become Californians.
Feb 12, 2014 7:20AM ET
NBC announced yesterday that special correspondent Tom Brokaw, 74, is being treated for bone marrow cancer, and that doctors are pleased with the progress he is making.
Feb 12, 2014 3:04AM ET
A two-year investigation by the FBI and the Italian National Police yielded 24 arrests, breaking an organized crime ring that had roots in both the United States and Italy.
Feb 12, 2014 1:07AM ET
The Obama administration announced new rules on Tuesday regulating the sale of ivory in the United States in a move that aims to further discourage elephant poaching.
Feb 11, 2014 11:22PM ET
Meet Sexy Ranea Crabtree, the 41-year-old woman from Pataskala, Ohio who walked out of a court today with a brand new, very ridiculous first name.
Feb 11, 2014 9:48PM ET
A new study has found that mammograms play almost no role in whether or not a woman dies from breast cancer. Worse, some women diagnosed with and treated for cancer may have been exposed to harmful cancer drugs unnecessarily.
Feb 11, 2014 6:53PM ET
One person was injured and another went missing after an explosion shut down a Chevron natural gas plant in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Feb 11, 2014 6:08PM ET
A black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon rejected plans to build a Trader Joe's, fearing that the store result in further gentrification and residents being priced out.
Feb 11, 2014 2:41PM ET
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that he will suspend the use of the death penalty in his state, saying that "in death penalty cases, I'm not convinced equal justice is being served."
Feb 11, 2014 11:28AM ET
Scientists have discovered what could be signs of flowing water on Mars, a development that could amend previous theories that Martian water is a thing of the distant past.
Feb 11, 2014 10:58AM ET
The FBI announced a new program on Tuesday designed to "deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft," which is apparently a bigger problem than you probably realize.
Feb 11, 2014 9:33AM ET
The Onion, the country's foremost satirical news site and purveyor of headlines like "Man Who Understands 8% of Obamacare Vigorously Defends It From Man Who Understands 5%," will team with the government to run ads for the Affordable Care Act.
Feb 11, 2014 7:59AM ET
Oil companies used state-allocated funds to clean up underground fuel leaks while also accepting payment from insurance companies for the task, essentially defrauding state governments.