Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 11, 2012 2:59PM ET
In the economics world, Thursdays means initial jobless claims, and that means yet another favorable statistic that has naturally suspicious people scratching their heads.
Oct 11, 2012 2:22PM ET
Even though what happened in Vegas didn't stay there, Prince Harry's nude photo incident did some good for the city.
Oct 11, 2012 10:33AM ET
Gary E. MacDougal on poverty, Ezra Klein on campaign hope and promise, Dana Milbank on outing the CIA, Laura Bush on Malala Yousafzai, and Noliwe M. Rooks on standardized testing.
Oct 11, 2012 9:56AM ET
Coast Guard's tests have concluded that a "sheen" (not of the Charlie variety) spotted on September 16 on the Gulf of Mexico in the area of BP's massive spill matches from oil the 2010 disaster.
Oct 11, 2012 9:44AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Oct 10, 2012 8:47PM ET
America's favorite $2.5 billion interplanetary science project stopped in its tracks recently when it discovered a strange, bright, shiny object nestled in the Martian soil.
Oct 10, 2012 7:26PM ET
Jamie Dimon, swaggering CEO of JP Morgan Chase, played both sides of the aisle perfectly while speaking at a Council on Foreign Relations event on Wednesday: he said he supports Obama's tax plan while also taking the Democrats and the Federal Reserve to task over banking regulations.
Oct 10, 2012 5:21PM ET
The two interns suing Fox Searchlight for their unpaid internships on the set of Black Swan just had their case upgraded to a class action by a New York federal judge, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Oct 10, 2012 5:02PM ET
Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian trying to break the record for the highest sky dive ever, will have to wait a few more days to jump from 120,000 feet. The jump from space is delayed until Sunday.
Oct 10, 2012 4:45PM ET
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is going big with its charges against embattled cyclist Lance Armstrong: Not only did Armstrong dope, the agency says, he "ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."
Oct 10, 2012 10:23AM ET
Jack Welch on the jobs report, Maureen Dowd on Obama on his own, Clive Crook on "elected autocracy," Ross Douthat on liberal failure, and Dana Milbank on the campaign's Snuffleupagus.
Oct 10, 2012 10:00AM ET
Oct 10, 2012 9:54AM ET
Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz and Dr. Brian K. Kobilka are the reason drug makers can and will make drugs with fewer side effects, and after 40 years spent studying the body's protein receptors, they have won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Oct 9, 2012 10:40PM ET
The world is full of adorable baby animals -- tigers, polar bears, chimps, kittens, hedgehogs -- but walruses don't always necessarily fit into that category.
Oct 9, 2012 7:23PM ET
There's a new Klout professor in town. Ryan Thornburg is basing twenty percent of his students' grades on how much they can raise their Klout score. Unfortunately for the kids, that means they're shooting blindly into the ether and hoping for the best. So far, it's barely working.
Oct 9, 2012 6:20PM ET
It appears that TSA agents at Seattle-Tacoma Airport were convinced Michelle Dunaj, a woman dying of leukemia, meant to do them harm, which is why they did things like ruin her medicine and lift her shirt to show them her feeding tubes.
Oct 9, 2012 12:57PM ET
Just hours after the Mexican Navy said they killed Heriberto Lazcano, the leader of the infamous Zetas Cartel, a state prosecutor has now said that Lazcano's dead body has been stolen.
Oct 9, 2012 12:17PM ET
The Higgs boson discovery didn't win the Nobel Prize in Physics this year despite being the sexiest and perhaps the most significant physics discovery in the last 50 years. You might even be asking yourself why and pondering the meaning of life now that the Nobel jury didn't recognize the God Particle. Don't fret, we've got some answers.
Oct 9, 2012 11:42AM ET
Daredevil parachutist Felix Baumgartner will not be attempting to break the record for the highest sky dive ever today. The winds were too dangerous and they had to call off the jump.
Oct 9, 2012 11:13AM ET
The deal for Variety is done. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Penske Media, which bought Deadline.com from Nikki Finke, has acquired the 107-year-old showbiz news source and trade publication for a cool $25 million.
Oct 9, 2012 10:17AM ET
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been given a sentence of not less than 30 years, but not more than 60 years in prison, essentially guarantee that 68-year-old convicted child abuser will stay in jail for the rest of his life.
Oct 9, 2012 10:00AM ET
Joe Nocera on campaign finance, David Rothkopf on Iran, Dana Milbank on Romney's brainwash, Jonathan Cohn on a delayed pivot, and Andrew Sullivan on Obama giving up.
Oct 9, 2012 9:18AM ET
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