Today's Five Best Columns
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Aug 30, 2012 5:15PM ET
Iranian gamers may be freaking out about losing access to World of Warcraft, but apparently the game as a whole is falling from its nerdy perch, according to an interactive chart by Paid Content's Robert Andrews.
Aug 30, 2012 5:13PM ET
Claire McCaskill is leading by a point in the Missouri Senate race, where polling hasn't really produced a clear picture, and Obama is up by a wide margin in his home state of Illinois. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Aug 30, 2012 4:03PM ET
The interesting thing about Harvard's big plagiarism scandal, which broke Thursday, is that all 125 students involved came from the same course, and the hilarious thing is that that course was apparently "Introduction to Congress."
Aug 30, 2012 3:22PM ET
The National Weather Service reports that 7.86 inches of rain fell yesterday at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, surpassing the record 4.50 inches that the airport saw on that same date in 2005 when the city was facing Katrina.
Aug 30, 2012 3:00PM ET
The latest "declaration of war" from Anonymous is only notable because of its target, The New York Times, but it's devoid of any specific threat, save to one reporter who sounds like he'll be collateral damage.
Aug 30, 2012 1:47PM ET
The measured reaction by Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who had peanuts thrown at her at the Republican National Convention, is so depressing because she's not even surprised about the incident, which happened on Tuesday night.
Aug 30, 2012 1:45PM ET
The three Georgia-based Army soldiers accused of killing a young couple and plotting to assassinate President Obama are getting the book thrown at them.
Aug 30, 2012 12:29PM ET
Just when we thought Tropical Storm Isaac was going to dissipate peacefully into much-needed rain for the central United States, news broke on Thursday that a dam was failing and 50,000 people would be evacuated on the Louisiana-Mississippi border.
Aug 30, 2012 12:07PM ET
Robin Roberts bid farewell to ABC's Good Morning America this morning and will first visit her sick mother in Mississippi before undergoing treatment for the bone and marrow disease known as MDS. There's no timetable for when she'll be back, but she promised to return.
Aug 30, 2012 11:55AM ET
The actual news value of James Holmes' rejected University of Iowa application is questionable, but one thing it does provide is the first real look at the writing of the man accused of opening fire on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and that's fascinating.
Aug 30, 2012 10:06AM ET
Maureen Dowd on the pitiful Mitt Romney, Sally Kohn on Paul Ryan in three words, Bill Keller on Condoleezza Rice, Minxin Pei on American perception of China, and George F. Will on bluffing voters.
Aug 30, 2012 9:37AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Aug 30, 2012 8:34AM ET
Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was the main event at last night's Republican Convention in Tampa, and most observers seem to agree that it was a well-read speech ... that had a few problems with the truth.
Aug 30, 2012 8:14AM ET
Herman Cain visits Jon Stewart on The Daily Show's Tampa set, and Stewart asks: Why are some of these delegates still more enthusiastic about Herman Cain than Mitt Romney?
Aug 30, 2012 7:10AM ET
More than 24 hours after reaching landfall, the storm formerly known as Hurricane Isaac has barely nudged north and continues to dump heavy rains on Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
Aug 29, 2012 4:16PM ET
When New York federal judge Jack Weinstein ruled last week that poker is indeed a game of skill, he based the decision off defendant Lawrence DiCristina's 120-page report that included this striking chart showing the difference in earnings between the ten best and worst poker players in a study.
Aug 29, 2012 3:54PM ET
The New Jersey governor may have appeared at the GOP convention last night, but a poll from his state shows Obama with a strong lead. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Aug 29, 2012 12:00PM ET
The storm known as Isaac has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but it remains stalled over the Gulf Coast, hitting the area with high winds and heavy rains. Keep checking here for live updates on the storm all day long.
Aug 29, 2012 10:49AM ET
As if we needed more racism in politics these days, a South Carolina lawmaker admitted in court on Tuesday that he had replied "amen" to a supporter's not-at-all subtle email comparing black people to "a swarm of bees going after a watermelon."
Aug 29, 2012 10:11AM ET
John McCain on Republican foreign policy, Dana Milbank on Romney the control freak, Thomas Friedman on Egyptian President Morsi, Marc Tracy on Chris Christie with a Mitt lens, and Daniel P. Aldrich on community building.
Aug 29, 2012 9:42AM ET
There is a panic that's sweeping Iran. Gamers have found out that their World of Warcraft accounts are now casualties of the United States's embargoes and sanctions against Iran.
Aug 29, 2012 9:32AM ET
The first night of the Republican National Convention featured two key speeches that aimed at raising the curtain for Mitt Romney. So, how did they do?
Aug 29, 2012 9:21AM ET
Aug 29, 2012 7:55AM ET
The Daily Show returned last night, live from Tampa, and Jon Stewart checked in with the correspondents—discovering that Tampa was the perfect place for the Republican National Convention.
Aug 28, 2012 10:00PM ET
Today, Jen Doll examined the latest urban foraging trend: eating city squirrels. One commenter lets us know how the gamey little creatures taste.
Aug 28, 2012 5:42PM ET
After John Sununu formally nominated Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee for president, the roll call is underway, and Romney has just picked up the 1,144 delegates necessary to secure the party's nomination, with New Jersey putting him over the top.
Aug 28, 2012 4:59PM ET
Americans haven't always paid for health care with public programs like Medicare—or even with private insurance. In fact, Americans used to pay for things like medicine almost entirely out-of-pocket, as seen in this animated graph showing changes in who pays for health care by the California HealthCare Foundation.
Aug 28, 2012 4:57PM ET
Donald Trump's tweet that Arianna Huffington "is unattractive both inside and out" reminds us that there are good ways and bad ways to deliver a pithy online retort. His is the latter.
Aug 28, 2012 12:15PM ET
New details are emerging about the four U.S. soldiers accused of plotting to assassinate President Obama and overthrow the U.S. government.
Aug 28, 2012 10:44AM ET
There was a time when Google said it would never sully its beautiful white homepage with ads, and today we get a very big one for its new tablet, the Nexus 7.