Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 19, 2012 1:13PM ET
New research is always popping up to enlighten (or terrify, or depress) us about what all of this time spent on the Internet is doing to our brains. What does it do, though, to not only our brains but also to our emotions and characters and personalities?
Jul 19, 2012 10:13AM ET
In an especially Emperor's New Clothes sort of twist, a new store in Manhattan's East Village is selling New York City tap water that they filter via a special technique back to discriminating water consumers.
Jul 19, 2012 9:36AM ET
Juliette Kayyem on Bachmann's crusade, Gail Collins on the VP picks' writings, Michael Kinsley on Romney's faith, Joseph Thorndike on tax returns, and Maggie Shipstead on weddings.
Jul 19, 2012 9:29AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Jul 19, 2012 9:20AM ET
The New York Post follows Anthony Weiner's pro-family People photo shoot and interview with a front page today warning of "Operation Comeback!" Should we be so warned?
Jul 19, 2012 8:55AM ET
In a fight that was never really about and means more than paperwork, permits, and inspections, a federal judge has ruled that Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, should be allowed to worship there to celebrate Ramadan tonight.
Jul 19, 2012 5:55AM ET
In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity last night, George Zimmerman apologized to Trayvon Martin's family, but also says he doesn't regret anything he did on the night of their deadly encounter.
Jul 18, 2012 6:41PM ET
In the fight for control of news coverage between powerful politicians and business moguls and the reporters who cover them, it's clear who is winning: The powerful, not the reporters.
Jul 18, 2012 6:39PM ET
Students are paying for more of their college education on their own now than they have for the past four years.
Jul 18, 2012 5:57PM ET
Today's post about Samuel Williams, the 71-year-old man who fired upon two robbers fleeing from an Internet cafe in Florida, solicited a pretty informative comment.
Jul 18, 2012 5:41PM ET
The State Department's latest counterterrorism effort is apparently an Internet trolling (no, we're not kidding) initiative called Viral Peace. From whom should the government learn to troll?
Jul 18, 2012 5:04PM ET
One awesome side effect of dramatic weather, especially if you're indoors and not subjected to things like grape-sized hail, is the dramatic photography it yields.
Jul 18, 2012 1:17PM ET
The Jeremy Lin fiasco may have finally pushed New York basketball fans over the edge, but for the first time in a long life of disappointments they finally have another option besides quiet rage: Move to Brooklyn.
Jul 18, 2012 9:49AM ET
You know a story is a perfect tabloid story when you get not only an "exclusive" New York Post news story about it but also a dedicated rant from Andrea Peyser on the topic. Today, we get both, about a woman and her shoes.
Jul 18, 2012 9:48AM ET
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen on Mexican drug crime, Ta-Nehisi Coates on Joe Paterno's statue, John Lloyd on London's Olympics gloom, Peter Orszag on summer vacation's harm, Clifford Winston on the driverless car
Jul 18, 2012 9:35AM ET
Samuel Williams was just your average 71-year-old chilling in an Ocala, Florida, Internet cafe with a concealed weapon ... until the robbers showed up.
Jul 18, 2012 9:33AM ET
Jul 18, 2012 9:09AM ET
Airport security officials are asking a lot of questions today after a pilot wanted for murder broke into an airport, stole an empty plane, crashed it trying to take off, then killed himself inside.
Jul 18, 2012 8:56AM ET
Just what the "Will he or won't he?" story about the political comeback of Anthony Weiner needs: a warm and fuzzy interview with People, complete with cute baby, and n non-denial denial about planning a 2013 run for New York City mayor.
Jul 17, 2012 6:13PM ET
John Sununu backpedaled from his attack on Barack Obama as not American enough Tuesday, apologizing for insulting the president: "I made a mistake. I shouldn't have used those words, and I apologize for using those words."
Jul 17, 2012 3:26PM ET
Stereotypes are powerful because they're easy, which is why we see them standing in again and again for "real" human qualities and characters. But they are also insidious, demonstrating so many ways to go wrong, and so few to go right.
Jul 17, 2012 2:06PM ET
Steve Almond's take-down of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart in The Baffler further proves that serious people seem to like when funny people are serious, but funny people aren't much in the market for serious people to join their ranks. And serious people hate that.
Jul 17, 2012 1:15PM ET
We aren't really sure how they came to this conclusion and may never will, but The Boy Scouts of America have announced that upholding a ban on gays is really the best thing for them, thanks to what they learned from a "confidential review" of the matter.
Jul 17, 2012 11:18AM ET
Popular blogger and Brazen Careerist founder Penelope Trunk has a new book, The New American Dream, and she’s gotten a lot of attention because, even though she had received her full advance, she decided to pull her book from the publisher and self-publish instead.
Jul 17, 2012 9:46AM ET
Quick, what's scarier? That Delta found out it was serving needle-filled turkey sandwiches to their Business Class passengers or the fact that if you pay $6,000 for a plane ticket all you get is turkey sandwiches (with needles) and pre-packaged pizza (thankfully without)?
Jul 17, 2012 9:43AM ET
Beyond the trend of New York City residents renting out their apartments or spare rooms or even just their couches via the website Airbnb.com, there is a new trend: New Yorkers really, really enjoy doing this. Oh how they love it.
Jul 17, 2012 9:41AM ET
Ramesh Ponnuru on the GOP's defense spending hypocrisy, Richard Cohen on the Bain debate, Luigi Zingales on ethics at business school, Frank Bruni on selfishness in America, and John Podhoretz on Romney's apology demands.
Jul 17, 2012 9:38AM ET
Jul 17, 2012 8:47AM ET
As the U.S.'s mens and womens Olympic basketball teams stomped all over Brazil last night in D.C., President Barack Obama needed two chances to get a smooch from Michelle on the "Kiss Cam" jumbotron.
Jul 17, 2012 8:41AM ET
A Senate committee has found that lax oversight at one of the world's biggest banks allowed terrorists and drug cartels to launder billions of dollars of illegal funds through its U.S. branches.