Today's Five Best Columns
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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.
Dec 21, 2012 9:59AM ET
To commemorate the week that has passed since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, social-media influencers and major organizations attempted — emphasis on attempted — to pause for a virtual moment of silence Friday morning.
Dec 21, 2012 9:29AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Dec 21, 2012 9:00AM ET
That the Apple CEO never got to enjoy his superyacht was disappointing enough, but now it doesn't look like anyone can.
Dec 21, 2012 8:03AM ET
Lost in all the anxiety over the Fiscal Cliff, is another little noticed deadline that could force you to pay double the price for a gallon of milk come January 1.
Dec 21, 2012 12:01AM ET
Midnight has come and gone on December 21 and the world is still intact. At least where we are.
Dec 20, 2012 4:20PM ET
As the week goes on and more of the victims of the Newtown shooting are laid to rest we continue to collect the memories being shared.
Dec 20, 2012 3:55PM ET
A new study being passed around cites cites significant errors — sewing a sponge into a chest cavity, say, or operating on the wrong patient — but before you freak out, understand the context.
Dec 20, 2012 3:37PM ET
Today is the busiest day of the year for UPS, so you kind of have to wonder what it's like for the folks up there in the North Pole.
Dec 20, 2012 3:32PM ET
The WikiLeaks founder re-emerged today for a Christmas address promising a leak guaranteed to affect "every country in this world." Fine, we'll bite. Maybe.
Dec 20, 2012 2:23PM ET
There was one piece of legislation introduced on the Senate floor yesterday in response to the Newtown shootings. It came ahead of any of the legislation from Sen. Dianne Feinstein or Vice President Biden's new commission. It was about video games. Why?
Dec 20, 2012 1:57PM ET
The three-time Olympian has been working as a $600-a-night call girl for the last year, The Smoking Gun reports.
Dec 20, 2012 1:36PM ET
The most noxious, wrongheaded, misleading, silly, and downright awful pieces of punditry to somehow end up in print or online this year.