Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 6, 2012 4:57PM ET
A chicken stand in Cleveland, Ohio has seen a boom in business from Republicans after the vendor, Terry Leu, gave the President some lip while the President toured the West Side Market yesterday.
Oct 5, 2012 5:43PM ET
The death of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie in New Mexico earlier this week appears to be the result of a tragic accident.
Oct 5, 2012 4:15PM ET
Yes, okay, New Yorkers love to complain—but what are they complaining about? You can now see who's whining about what in this interactive map of New York 311-complaints by media artist Dietmar Offenhuber.
Oct 5, 2012 10:32AM ET
Dana Milbank on Obama's evasiveness, Paul Hodgson on bank clawbacks, Timothy Egan on the idiot undecideds, Jonathan Weil on hedge funds from prison, and Thomas J. Espenshade on affirmative action.
Oct 5, 2012 10:30AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Oct 5, 2012 9:43AM ET
Five people have died and 35 people in six states are in the hospital due to a rare strain of fungal meningitis because of a tainted injectable steroid that's prescribed for back pain. But even scarier is news that hundreds, even thousands of people who received the treatment could be at risk.
Oct 5, 2012 9:10AM ET
The Secret Service has put the kabosh on late-night alcohol benders and morning-after Facebook posts: The agency issued new policies governing alcohol and social media use this week in wake of the drunken prostitue scandal in Colombia five months ago.
Oct 5, 2012 8:52AM ET
The consensus among pundits was that Obama did poorly in the debate Wednesday night, so Democrats had to find a way to "polish that turd," as Jon Stewart explained last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 5, 2012 8:41AM ET
American Airlines canceled 50 flights Thursday and plans to cut around 40 more Friday so that it could get to work on fixing seats on 48 planes, seats which had a habit of coming off the floor mid-flight.
Oct 5, 2012 7:23AM ET
After an incident that left one U.S. Border Patrol agent dead and another in the hospital, the speculation was that they had been killed by armed criminals, but now investigators are hinting that the two officers may have shot each other.
Oct 4, 2012 2:37PM ET
Ah, Starbucks: You know you're in civilization when you're near one, and now, you can see just how ubiquitous it is with this map of the U.S. based on Starbucks locations by If We Assume's James R. A. Davenport.
Oct 4, 2012 2:17PM ET
Ohio county prosecutor Laina Fetherolf wants to clear things up with voters: She did not drop her panties onto a judge's bench and say "problem solved." Did not.
Oct 4, 2012 12:37PM ET
The Weather Channel's unilateral decision to name winter storms has the rest of the weather community feeling left out.
Oct 4, 2012 10:28AM ET
Ezra Klein on Obama and Romney's differences, Matt Miller on Romney's audacity, Karen L. Cox on being gay in the South, Sudhir Venkatesh on guns and gangs, and Chloe Angyal on the contraception debate.
Oct 4, 2012 9:30AM ET
Oct 4, 2012 8:40AM ET
The Centers for Disease Control and health officials say that the 30-plus people who came down with a rare and deadly form of meningitis are linked by a steroid drug injection for back pain that may have been shipped to as many as 23 states.
Oct 4, 2012 6:59AM ET
Last night's presidential debate was the most-tweeted about political event in U.S. history, proving once again that Twitter has become the indispensable tool for following current events.
Oct 3, 2012 11:43PM ET
So much for silver foxes.
Oct 3, 2012 10:52PM ET
With the crowds and the rules and the funny smell, we can all agree that airports can be pretty horrible places. But that doesn't give you a free pass to be a horrible person.
Oct 3, 2012 9:09PM ET
There's no shortage of stoners in Oregon, but for a number of different reasons, there's a huge shortage of funding in its perpetual campaign to legalize weed.
Oct 3, 2012 3:13PM ET
Dear Florida, after reading to today that you've booked a woman for sea cow molestation and that having a business that rents out small alligators to swim in residential pools with is actually a thing, we only have two words: never change.
Oct 3, 2012 10:40AM ET
Newton N. Minow on debates, Dana Milbank on zingers, Peter Orszag on progressive entitlements, Michael Kinsley on gaffes, and Josh Ozersky on meat supply.
Oct 3, 2012 9:50AM ET
Oct 3, 2012 9:48AM ET
Imagine having all the downsides of Big Brother, but with none of the benefits: That's what you get with the Department of Homeland Security's vast network of "fusion" centers, according to a damning new report by the Senate's bipartisan Subcommittee on Investigations.
Oct 3, 2012 8:53AM ET
America's most beleaguered airline has finally figured out why seats on three of its flights have come loose mid-flight: someone installed the clamp the the wrong way. Feel better?
Oct 3, 2012 8:49AM ET
The Pennsylvania court ruled that its controversial voter ID law would not go into effect this year, and Jon Stewart looked at why last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 2, 2012 11:57PM ET
Walmart, America's favorite purveyor of affordable clothing and military-grade weaponry, is currently struggling with a couple of troubling labor disputes.
Oct 2, 2012 4:58PM ET
Slate Moneybox writer Matt Yglesias, we're on to you: Your economics ideas are coming to you on your lunch runs.
Oct 2, 2012 4:42PM ET
We've all heard that the housing bubble's pop led to thousands of foreclosures, but it's interactives like this from WNYC that really show how prevalent the problem was—and still is.
Oct 2, 2012 2:07PM ET
Okay, America, it's time for a history lesson. Who shot Abraham Lincoln?