Today's Five Best Columns
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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
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
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.
Jul 16, 2012 7:39PM ET
Our piece on a recent skirmish in the age-old breastfeeding wars struck a nerve with many of our readers. One commenter provided some personal perspective on the issue.
Jul 16, 2012 5:31PM ET
Our neighbors to the north have reason to gloat: Canadians are on average wealthier than Americans.
Jul 16, 2012 4:16PM ET
A spirited debate is spilling out onto U.S. military websites and forums following the Navy's decision to scrap urinals on aircraft carriers so as to accommodate female sailors.
Jul 16, 2012 2:53PM ET
Newark Mayor Cory Booker apparently loves speaking directly to the public, which is good because he's sure having a hard time getting anyone else to do it for him.
Jul 16, 2012 1:17PM ET
Today in Sports: A baseball catch that defies logic, Olympians on the loose, and the end of Linsanity.
Jul 16, 2012 12:48PM ET
We have sad news to report this morning: Donald J. Sobol, the author of that beloved young adult book series Encyclopedia Brown has died at the age of 87.
Jul 16, 2012 12:12PM ET
There have been numerous calls in recent to severely punish or outright end the Penn State football program for covering up Jerry Sandusky's crimes, but we shouldn't be too quick to punish others for the sins of an handful of corrupt old men.
Jul 16, 2012 9:29AM ET
Tom Coburn on Grover Norquist, Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change, David Lampo on the GOP and gay rights, Albert Hunt on candidates' fiscal plans, and Megan McLemore on protection for sex workers.
Jul 16, 2012 9:28AM ET
Jul 16, 2012 6:36AM ET
North Korea's highest-ranking military officer has been officially relieved from all his duties due to an unnamed illness, but many observers of the new regime doubt the official story.
Jul 16, 2012 5:28AM ET
More than 50 percent of the United States is under drought conditions right now, putting 2012 in the same category with some of the worst droughts in our history.
Jul 16, 2012 1:56AM ET
This weekend in The New York Times, two writers put their two cents into the piggy bank that is America's Obsession with Breast-feeding. One is a woman. The other is a man. Let's talk it out.
Jul 15, 2012 8:57PM ET
Newark Mayor Cory Booker opened his internet doors to Reddit users in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Sunday. He explained, among other things, what went through his mind when he ran into that burning building.
Jul 14, 2012 3:56PM ET
After pressure came from as far up the ladder as Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Ralph Lauren announced Friday evening the U.S. Olympic uniforms for the 2012 Winter games in Sochi, Russia will be made in the good ol' U.S.A.
Jul 14, 2012 12:03PM ET
Attorneys for George Zimmerman have requested a new judge in his trial for shooting Trayvon Martin, alleging current judge Kenneth Lester Jr. is biased and they can no longer get a fair trial.
Jul 14, 2012 11:11AM ET
As the Jerry Sandusky trial began to play out, Joe Paterno started to renegotiate his contract and was able to score a huge single year payout from Penn State in exchange for shortening his existing contract by a year.
Jul 13, 2012 6:56PM ET
Inspired by the sight of actors getting facials in a new Morgan Spurlock documentary and male strippers with waxed chests in Magic Mike, The New York Times' "Room for Debate" feature asks "Are Modern Men Manly Enough?"
Jul 13, 2012 6:30PM ET
Our probing look at the inner workings of the Park Slope Food Coop left commenter k___bee with such an icky taste in her mouth that she even pondered jumping ship for a chain store.
Jul 13, 2012 2:21PM ET
Sure, the White House's reaction to the ongoing controversy over the Chinese-made U.S. Olympics team outfits was a little more tepid than, say, Harry Reid's, Nancy Pelosi's, or, um, Donald Trump's, but it's clear that this issue is not going away any time soon.
Jul 13, 2012 1:42PM ET
Today in Sports: Ticket scalping in London, a soccer star is vindicated, and Team USA's first big injury.
Jul 13, 2012 12:06PM ET
The New York Times had a pretty exciting story on its hands about a London trial featuring a expletive-laden on-field argument between soccer stars Anton Ferdinand and John Terry, but the paper's high standards turns a NSFW cluster-cuss into the most sterile argument ever.