Today's Five Best Columns
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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.
Aug 28, 2012 10:41AM ET
Sad news for politically-active Hall and Oates fans: The Hall and Oates Fans for America Super PAC is no more, Rolling Stone's Andy Greene writes.
Aug 28, 2012 9:53AM ET
Ramesh Ponnuru on Social Security, Kimberley Strassel on the spirit of reforming governors, Sean Lennon on fracking, David Brooks on the "real" Romney, and Najmedin Meshtaki and Guive Mirfendereski on a relationship with Iran.
Aug 28, 2012 9:32AM ET
Malcolm Browne, the journalist responsible for one of the most iconic images from the early days of the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 81.
Aug 28, 2012 8:47AM ET
A commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps admits that the government in Tehran is not just offering moral and financial support to Bashar al-Assad, but has actually contributed foot soldiers to reinforce Syria's army.
Aug 27, 2012 6:04PM ET
The Chicago Transit Authority's new train cars went into service recently, and Chicagoans are not happy that the seating faces-in—their once scenic view of the city has been replaced by the butts and crotches of standing passengers, The Chicago Tribune's Jon Hilkevitch writes.
Aug 27, 2012 5:38PM ET
Where NBA players make shots during games may seem random, but when you put it all together, a pattern emerges, according to this chart by Court Vision Analytics blogger Kirk Goldsberry of every shot in the 2011-2012 NBA season.
Aug 27, 2012 4:47PM ET
Marines who urinated on Afghan corpses and soldiers who burned Korans won't do time or get discharged, but they will probably still lose their jobs after receiving administrative punishments on Monday.
Aug 27, 2012 3:35PM ET
As Tropical Storm Isaac moved west over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon, the storm warning for Tampa expired, and it looked like Republicans had unnecessarily canceled the first day of their convention. But New Orleans is bracing for a direct hit.
Aug 27, 2012 1:13PM ET
In a disturbing report out of Georgia, prosecutors say four U.S. soldiers plotted to overthrow the government and assassinate President Obama.
Aug 27, 2012 12:47PM ET
Details are still sparse, but Baltimore's WJZ television and the Baltimore Sun are reporting that one student at Perry Hall High School is in critical condition after another student apparently shot him in the back in the cafeteria on the first day of school.