Today's Five Best Columns
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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
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
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?
Oct 2, 2012 1:20PM ET
Activist Jose Antonio Vargas hit a brick wall this morning, as New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan endorsed the newspaper's policy of using the term "illegal immigrant": "It is clear and accurate; it gets its job done in two words that are easily understood," she wrote.
Oct 2, 2012 11:33AM ET
A row of seats coming unbolted off the floor of an aircraft mid-flight should be a freak occurrence. It isn't for American Airlines, and now that it's happened twice, the Federal Aviation Administration is getting involved.
Oct 2, 2012 10:39AM ET
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Republican governor of the most populous state in the nation, paid a visit to Manhattan for a book signing of his new autobiography Total Recall.
Oct 2, 2012 10:36AM ET
Eugene Robinson on which Mitt will debate, Todd Moss on Obama's Africa failure, Roger Lowenstein on high-frequency trading, Jeffrey Goldberg on Obama's Middle East policy, and Mallory Factor on public union "official time."
Oct 2, 2012 9:40AM ET
Oct 2, 2012 9:22AM ET
According to the New York Post's Dana Schuster, "Waiting up to three hours for a table—then bragging about it on social media—is NYC’s hot new dining trend." Oh, is it?
Oct 2, 2012 6:38AM ET
The State Department has officially removed all government personnel from the Libyan city of Benghazi, closing the consulate building and possibly ending any chance of a on-site investigation of the attack there.
Oct 1, 2012 9:55PM ET
It's another year, and another batch of MacArthur Fellowship recipients have received that very surprising you've-been-chosen phone call that they probably thought was a prank.
Oct 1, 2012 3:41PM ET
People will always complain about flying, but one airline appears to have surpassed the rest in sheer high-profile annoyance. Thanks to epic delays, rows of seats coming undone, and a scathing op-ed from a literary star in The New York Times, American Airlines—slogan: "We Know Why You Fly"—may have sealed the title of the country's least liked airline.
Oct 1, 2012 12:25PM ET
Spending time looking at cute baby animals during work can no longer incur your boss's wrath: Those pictures actually make you a more focused, more careful worker, according to this chart from a new study by Hiroshima University.
Oct 1, 2012 10:24AM ET
After another strong quarter the three major stock market indices are way up in 2012, with the NASDAQ rising nearly 20 percent this year.
Oct 1, 2012 9:44AM ET
Tariq Ramadan on Arab democracy, William D. Cohan on the SEC's craziness, Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. on affirmative action, Howard Kurtz on Romney's negative narrative, and Noah Feldman on human rights law.
Oct 1, 2012 9:36AM ET
Oct 1, 2012 9:14AM ET
The Boy Scouts of America are going to be playing legal catchup now and have promised to bring suspected abusers that the organization has known about for the past 50 years to the attention to police and law officials across the country.
Sep 30, 2012 5:26PM ET
Jerry Brown's decided to relegate therapy designed to convince minors they aren't gay to "the dustbin of quackery," in California. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday evening that Brown signed a bill that night banning gay-to-straight therapy for minors.
Sep 29, 2012 11:09AM ET
Arthur O. Sulzberger, the man responsible for making the New York Times the paper you know it as today, passed away on Saturday after a long fight with illness at his home in Southampton.