Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 27, 2012 9:22AM ET
As part of The Atlantic Wire's Year in Review, we've gathered our favorites from among all the ridiculous, kernel-of-truth in a popcorn-bowl-of-pleasure stories reported by the Times and beyond, and bestowed them with their own special awards.
Dec 26, 2012 11:59PM ET
People lined up around the block in Los Angeles on Wednesday, some waiting hours to exchange their unwanted guns for grocery store gift cards as the city tries to get the weapons off the street.
Dec 26, 2012 5:23PM ET
Tom Lindeman at the Washington Post chronicles the leading causes of "violence-related" death in the U.S. from 1999 to 2007 by age group.
Dec 26, 2012 4:13PM ET
You've all seen the photo, which the Obama campaign tweeted on election night and quickly became the most-retweeted in Twitter history. Now Barbara Walters gets the president to induce a collective national moment of "aww."
Dec 26, 2012 3:57PM ET
Home-cooked meth is apparently on the rise in American cities, and the ubiquity of a certain AMC drama is not to blame — not nearly.
Dec 26, 2012 3:12PM ET
The National Weather Service said that 34 tornadoes touched down on Christmas Day as a massive storm system continues to move across the country. This is how social media chased the twisters.
Dec 26, 2012 1:48PM ET
The author of Shutter Island, Mystic River, and Gone Baby Gone is also the owner of a rescue beagle named Tessa. Well, Tessa has gone missing, and Lehane has offered the sweetest sort of reward an author can give.
Dec 26, 2012 12:50PM ET
Because apparently Breezy Point hasn't had enough of its sad images this year, the Sandy-struck New York community discovered this poor guy Wednesday morning.
Dec 26, 2012 12:08PM ET
The Meet the Press host is actually under investigation for showing a 30-round magazine to the NRA's Wayne LaPierre this weekend, and the prospect of Gregory going to prison is actually making a lot of conservatives very happy.
Dec 26, 2012 10:11AM ET
A newspaper plotted everything on Google Maps, and the reaction over Christmas was swift and national, as the local story was swept up by the already powerful voice of gun owners on social media. Here were their main complaints about getting outed.
Dec 26, 2012 8:33AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Dec 25, 2012 5:15PM ET
Without further ado: Pictures of people standing in front of Christmas trees with their brand new guns.
Dec 25, 2012 4:00PM ET
There's something about this Bushmaster AR-15: Both Adam Lanza and William Spangler, the two gunmen in the Newtown and Firefighter shootings, respectively, got their hands on the exact same make of semi-automatic, the .223 caliber rifle.
Dec 25, 2012 11:59AM ET
The correlation between gun violence and violent shooter games is dubious, but there are some very real links between the two industries, with gun-makers using these virtual worlds to advertise their products.
Dec 24, 2012 5:27PM ET
It's unclear how William Spengler, a convicted felon, got the gun he used to shoot at firefighters he'd lured to the scene of a blaze. But data suggests that an NRA-supported loophole makes it pretty easy.
Dec 24, 2012 11:52AM ET
The holidays have been rough for the Newtown Police Department, which is why officers from across Connecticut joining forces, so that not a single Newtown officer has to work on Christmas Day.
Dec 24, 2012 9:40AM ET
It looks like America won't be taking a break from mass shootings this holiday season. At around 6 a.m. on Christmas Eve, a gunman shot at least four firefighters trying to put out a house fire.
Dec 23, 2012 11:47PM ET
On Sunday morning, Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, told the world that armed guards stopped school shootings in Israel. Israel begs to differ.
Dec 23, 2012 11:02PM ET
When you go to the doctor, do you want your doctor to say, "How'd I like med school? I graduated early, breezed right through that business."
Dec 23, 2012 10:02PM ET
This holiday season is not awesome for Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a Republican member of the "Gang of Eight" and a Mormon bishop, after police caught him driving drunk in Virginia.
Dec 23, 2012 9:14PM ET
Now that it's been over a year since the Occupy movement swept across the country, FOIA requests are being fulfilled, revealing uncomfortable details about how authorities viewed the protestors.
Dec 22, 2012 11:45AM ET
The New York Post and the New York Daily News compete to out-do one another with splashy covers daily and, on some rare occasions, they both produce winners. This weekend is one of those times, because they both skewered yesterday's crazy NRA speech.
Dec 21, 2012 4:41PM ET
That covers the "work lost, medical care, insurance, criminal-justice expenses and pain and suffering" associated with gun violence, and might be one to think on over the holidays as the post-Newtown gun debate rages on.
Dec 21, 2012 3:33PM ET
Now a week removed from the tragedy in Newtown, more funerals were held in honor of the victims today. Here we bring you some of the words and memories coming from those gatherings.
Dec 21, 2012 2:56PM ET
As schedules lighten and plane trips loom, we've compiled some of our favorite pieces of long-form non-fiction journalism from an excellent year for the so-called long read.
Dec 21, 2012 1:55PM ET
The proposals and opinions offered by the NRA's Wayne LaPierre at a briefing Friday have been roundly criticized by gun control opponents already, but is he also wrong about the bare facts?
Dec 21, 2012 1:00PM ET
A U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico for bringing a banned shotgun into the country will be released from custody today, reports Fox News, which championed his cause back home.
Dec 21, 2012 12:49PM ET
Perhaps the most talked-about moment from the NRA's already eventful press conference came when Wayne LaPierre called out the "corrupting shadow industry" of video games — then cited 10 year old titles like they were good evidence.
Dec 21, 2012 10:59AM ET
Al Alverson got his daughter an iPad Mini for Christmas, which FedEx dropped on his doorstep Wednesday. Later that day, a UPS delivery man stole it right off of the front porch, which UPS denied ... until he showed them this video.
Dec 21, 2012 10:35AM ET
The Marine in charge of the squad caught urinating on dead members of the Taliban last year — on video — has been sentenced, and, well, all he's getting is a $500 fine and a demotion.