Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 9, 2012 6:38AM ET
The Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the United States, who both made unique advances in quantum optics, allowing scientists the first chance observe quantum particles in the physical world.
Oct 9, 2012 6:16AM ET
Hours before he is to be sentenced for his child sexual abuse conviction, former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has released a bizarre jailhouse audio tape where he professes his innocence and blames his victims for orchestrating a conspiracy against him.
Oct 8, 2012 6:52PM ET
In one of the clearest signs yet that Jose Antonio Vargas won't be deported from the U.S., Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued a statement on why it didn't take action against the journalist, activist and undocumented immigrant after he was arrested on Friday in Minneapolis for driving without a license.
Oct 8, 2012 4:41PM ET
Voter ID laws have received plenty of attention recently, but they're not the only controversial changes to election rules this year. Some states have made changes that critics say could impact individuals' ability to vote. Here are four.
Oct 8, 2012 1:48PM ET
Here's a 21st Century story about the speed with which an innocent joke becomes a roaring Twitter meme and just as quickly dies in the GIF wastelands of Tumblr.
Oct 8, 2012 10:14AM ET
E. J. Dionne Jr. on the moral hole, Bill Keller on end-of-life care, Mark Buchanan on social influence and the market, Eric Posner on drone wars, and Buzz Bissinger on voting for Romney.
Oct 8, 2012 9:39AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Oct 8, 2012 9:12AM ET
An investigation of TSA employees at Newark Liberty Airport found that the people charged with screening passengers for flights are do the important parts of their job correctly less than 20 percent of the time.
Oct 7, 2012 9:41PM ET
Despite some clouds and a slight chance of rain, SpaceX's first ever official mission went off without a hitch in Cape Canaveral on Sunday evening.
Oct 7, 2012 4:37PM ET
Seven people have died and 91 people have now been diagnosed with the rare form of fungal meningitis that was spread through a steroid for back pain, health officials announced on Saturday.
Oct 6, 2012 5:41PM ET
Activist Jose Antonio Vargas was arrested on Friday while in Minnesota and the police reported him to immigration officials, but they declined to issue a detainer that would have seen Vargas handed over to the ICE and possibly deported.
Oct 6, 2012 4:57PM ET
A chicken stand in Cleveland, Ohio has seen a boom in business from Republicans after the vendor, Terry Leu, gave the President some lip while the President toured the West Side Market yesterday.
Oct 5, 2012 5:43PM ET
The death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie in New Mexico earlier this week appears to be the result of a tragic accident.
Oct 5, 2012 4:15PM ET
Yes, okay, New Yorkers love to complain—but what are they complaining about? You can now see who's whining about what in this interactive map of New York 311-complaints by media artist Dietmar Offenhuber.
Oct 5, 2012 10:32AM ET
Dana Milbank on Obama's evasiveness, Paul Hodgson on bank clawbacks, Timothy Egan on the idiot undecideds, Jonathan Weil on hedge funds from prison, and Thomas J. Espenshade on affirmative action.
Oct 5, 2012 10:30AM ET
Oct 5, 2012 9:43AM ET
Five people have died and 35 people in six states are in the hospital due to a rare strain of fungal meningitis because of a tainted injectable steroid that's prescribed for back pain. But even scarier is news that hundreds, even thousands of people who received the treatment could be at risk.
Oct 5, 2012 9:10AM ET
The Secret Service has put the kabosh on late-night alcohol benders and morning-after Facebook posts: The agency issued new policies governing alcohol and social media use this week in wake of the drunken prostitue scandal in Colombia five months ago.
Oct 5, 2012 8:52AM ET
The consensus among pundits was that Obama did poorly in the debate Wednesday night, so Democrats had to find a way to "polish that turd," as Jon Stewart explained last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 5, 2012 8:41AM ET
American Airlines canceled 50 flights Thursday and plans to cut around 40 more Friday so that it could get to work on fixing seats on 48 planes, seats which had a habit of coming off the floor mid-flight.
Oct 5, 2012 7:23AM ET
After an incident that left one U.S. Border Patrol agent dead and another in the hospital, the speculation was that they had been killed by armed criminals, but now investigators are hinting that the two officers may have shot each other.
Oct 4, 2012 2:37PM ET
Ah, Starbucks: You know you're in civilization when you're near one, and now, you can see just how ubiquitous it is with this map of the U.S. based on Starbucks locations by If We Assume's James R. A. Davenport.
Oct 4, 2012 2:17PM ET
Ohio county prosecutor Laina Fetherolf wants to clear things up with voters: She did not drop her panties onto a judge's bench and say "problem solved." Did not.
Oct 4, 2012 12:37PM ET
The Weather Channel's unilateral decision to name winter storms has the rest of the weather community feeling left out.
Oct 4, 2012 10:28AM ET
Ezra Klein on Obama and Romney's differences, Matt Miller on Romney's audacity, Karen L. Cox on being gay in the South, Sudhir Venkatesh on guns and gangs, and Chloe Angyal on the contraception debate.
Oct 4, 2012 9:30AM ET
Oct 4, 2012 8:40AM ET
The Centers for Disease Control and health officials say that the 30-plus people who came down with a rare and deadly form of meningitis are linked by a steroid drug injection for back pain that may have been shipped to as many as 23 states.
Oct 4, 2012 6:59AM ET
Last night's presidential debate was the most-tweeted about political event in U.S. history, proving once again that Twitter has become the indispensable tool for following current events.
Oct 3, 2012 11:43PM ET
So much for silver foxes.
Oct 3, 2012 10:52PM ET
With the crowds and the rules and the funny smell, we can all agree that airports can be pretty horrible places. But that doesn't give you a free pass to be a horrible person.