Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 25, 2012 9:49AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Oct 25, 2012 9:31AM ET
Frank Tanabe the 93-year-old World War II veteran who became Reddit-famous last week for casting the last vote of his life on his deathbed, died in Hawaii on Wednesday. We're pretty sure his vote will count.
Oct 24, 2012 8:01PM ET
Matt Groff's chart arguing the war on drugs isn't working got a lot of flack for methodology. Well, he took it to heart and is back with an updated version with adjusted methodology—and the new chart says even when looking at data based on population, increased spending does not curb usage.
Oct 24, 2012 7:27PM ET
Today we learned that the the New York Islanders will soon call the Barclays Center home. Some think the NHL team's move from Long Island to Brooklyn is strange. But, as one commenter points out, the Islanders' new home stays true to the team's name.
Oct 24, 2012 5:31PM ET
In response to my argument that our nation's capital is not a hip place and never will be, D.C. events space VerdeHouse has started the a Twitter campaign #hipDC that asks people to tweet out all the #hip things about the city. In the spirit of equal time, we are going to list them all here.
Oct 24, 2012 2:31PM ET
Los Angeles Times on other countries fracking, Frontline on climate skeptics, The Guardian on the oil spill's damage to whales. McClatchy Newspapers on climate scientist suing conservatives, and Grist on a California state senate race.
Oct 24, 2012 11:17AM ET
After 55 years without a professional sports franchise, the borough of Brooklyn just landed two in one month, as the NHL's New York Islanders have decided to move into the brand new Barclays Center, the current home of the former New Jersey Nets.
Oct 24, 2012 10:27AM ET
Oct 24, 2012 9:21AM ET
About 125 million people are at risk of getting sick from toxic pollution says the very first World's Worst Pollution Problems study—the first study to track the global health burden that industrial pollutants have on people.
Oct 24, 2012 9:17AM ET
It was a time of much strife, we'll be telling our grandchildren many years hence of this moment in our New York City history. It was brunch. It was ice cream. It was chicken. And then it was breakfast.
Oct 23, 2012 10:04PM ET
Lawyers at Guantanamo aren't exactly sure what to do after a number of suspected terrorists have decided not to show up for their own trials.
Oct 23, 2012 6:24PM ET
The Roman police force is on the lookout for defiers of the law, the law being: Eating and drinking at historic sites. Thou shalt not do it, capisce?
Oct 23, 2012 1:14PM ET
PRI on Sweden importing trash, Mother Nature Network on electric cars, The Guardian on debates and climate change, Treehugger on IKEA's renewable efforts, and National Geographic on wood-heated homes.
Oct 23, 2012 12:04PM ET
A teenage spy for the New York Police Department says he was under orders to "create and capture" terrorist suspects by befriending fellow Muslims and "baiting" them with talk about jihad.
Oct 23, 2012 10:10AM ET
Peter Beinart on George W. Bush policy, David Brooks on poll addiction, Roger Cohen on Muslim Brotherhood, Charles Lane on the postal service, and Richard Vedder on college education.
Oct 23, 2012 10:06AM ET
Oct 23, 2012 9:15AM ET
Being a seven-time Tour de France champion is more than just a title. And now that Lance Armstrong isn't a seven-time champion (Armstrong deleted his seven tour wins from his Twitter bio Monday night) the race's director wants his prize money back.
Oct 22, 2012 12:51PM ET
Boy Scouts released its hidden files on some 5,000 suspected pedophiles last week on a court order, and it's clear from this terrifying map from a Los Angeles Times interactive that sexual abuse affected troops across the nation.
Oct 22, 2012 11:48AM ET
Scientific American on energy costs and freight rails, New Scientist on turning air into gas, Reuters on tropical disease in Europe, The Guardian on Sting and tree uprooting, and the Associated Press on protests in China.
Oct 22, 2012 11:41AM ET
Last week, the House oversight committee posted 166 pages of State Department communications from Libya. The documents were not classified, but they did contain the names of several Libyans who have been working various capacities with American officials in Libya.
Oct 22, 2012 9:42AM ET
Oct 22, 2012 9:40AM ET
William D. Cohan on regulating Wall Street, Alex Pareene on confused moderates, Robert J. Samuelson on Obamacare, Wendy Kopp on education and foreign policy, and Bob Dole on George McGovern.
Oct 22, 2012 9:13AM ET
Ice cream truck wars in the summer; urban farming fisticuffs in the fall—there's neighborhood-based trouble for every month in the Big Apple. The beef of the season in Park Slope is chicken.
Oct 22, 2012 7:07AM ET
The International Cycling Union has upheld the lifetime ban given to Lance Armstrong by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and has agreed to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France championships.
Oct 21, 2012 5:38PM ET
A man opened fire on workers of a spa at a mall in Brookfield, Wisconsin on Sunday that killed three people and injured four others.
Oct 21, 2012 10:56AM ET
Former Congressman and Senator George McGovern passed away Sunday morning. He was 90 years old.
Oct 20, 2012 4:35PM ET
After a week that included questions about his campaign finances and reports of him out drinking in Chicago, Jesse Jackson Jr. is heading back to the Mayo Clinic for the second time this year.
Oct 20, 2012 2:28PM ET
Lance Armstrong's week has included new details of a potential doping ring, losing major sponsors like Nike, and even some smaller ones like Anheuser-Busch and Trek bicycles. Add a renewed interest in old race fixing accusations to that list.
Oct 19, 2012 4:33PM ET
Banana Boat is recalling its UltraMist spray-on sunscreens after five people in the past year have caught on fire from wearing it, the AP reports. But the sunscreen that's the problem—it's the bottle.
Oct 19, 2012 3:37PM ET
Los Angeles Times on security and melting ice caps, New York Times on a dumping businessman, The Guardian on Saudi Arabia and renewable energy, Kansas City Star on polar bears, and Wired on organic-industrial combo farming