Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 6, 2012 3:14PM ET
On Monday, when The New York Times wrote about hot politicians snapping at everyone some folks called shenanigans, however, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie really is having a tough time of it in this heat, as we can see in a TMZ video of him getting in a guy's face on the Jersey Shore.
Jul 6, 2012 2:39PM ET
Who has a hotter bod than Olympic champions? No one—except Oprah Winfrey, as rendered in a massive portrait in her own home seen looming in a photo of several medal-winners.
Jul 6, 2012 2:15PM ET
George Zimmerman has a safe house in Seminole county, Florida and that's where the defendant in the Trayvon Martin killing headed after walking out of jail Friday on $1 million bail, for which $20,000 in donations came in over 24 hours.
Jul 6, 2012 2:05PM ET
Getting attention—and clicks—amid the cacophony of Twitter can be difficult, but James Taranto, editor of The Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal.com and Best of the Web blogger has a maniacally effective (if painful) way of cutting through the noise.
Jul 6, 2012 12:52PM ET
Today in Sports: Roger goes for history, Dickey's knuckleball is too hot to handle, and as many strikeouts as you can handle.
Jul 6, 2012 12:49PM ET
The baseball Lou Gehrig knocked over the fence in game 1 of the 1928 World Series could have had any number of fates, but it just so happened to be caught by a serious baseball nerd who passed it on to his less baseball-obsessed kin, one of whom really needs it right about now.
Jul 6, 2012 10:19AM ET
With the award of No Child Left Behind waivers to Wisconsin and Washington State, more than half of U.S. states are now exempt from the signature Bush era education law, but that doesn't mean they're free from the standardized tests it relies on.
Jul 6, 2012 9:51AM ET
Eight years ago a jury sentenced Scott Peterson to death for murdering his wife and unborn son. Yesteday, he filed an appeal to the California Supreme Court which, thanks to a backlog, could take months, if not years to resolve.
Jul 6, 2012 9:40AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Jul 6, 2012 9:32AM ET
Michio Kaku on Higgs boson, Joshua Green on Romney's risk aversion, Mark Lubell on the Colorado fire, Colin Dayan on solitary confinement, and Jody Freeman on regulating fracking.
Jul 6, 2012 7:16AM ET
A new batch of emails from the Penn State archives shed new light on former football coach Joe Paterno's approach to discipline and also contradict earlier claims from his family that he never used email.
Jul 5, 2012 5:19PM ET
By the time we find out who the next president will be, Americans are going to be very tired, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
Jul 5, 2012 3:29PM ET
Charlie LeDuff is sort of Detroit's unofficial mascot, and he's good at representing the gritty—and sometimes fun—city as it struggles back to life.
Jul 5, 2012 1:08PM ET
Today in Sports: A blockbuster NBA trade, soccer get new technology, and some truly awful Olympic photographs.
Jul 5, 2012 12:23PM ET
It's been written a million times that there's a military-civilian divide in America.
Jul 5, 2012 12:15PM ET
The charge that Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman hid fundraising proceeds from the court during his first bail hearing didn't stop a Florida judge from granting him bail once more, but the court significantly increased the size of his bond.
Jul 5, 2012 9:52AM ET
Picky females playing hard to get, overly-aroused alpha males striking out, and a culture of casual sex--no this isn't a your sad, typical bar scene, it's what cheetah-breeding zoos have to deal with to save this endangered cat.
Jul 5, 2012 9:39AM ET
John Cassidy on Obama's campaign, Fareed Zakaria on health care costs, Susan Antilla on Rajat Gupta, George Will on Chicago's teachers, and Nicholas Kristof on African microsavings.
Jul 5, 2012 9:28AM ET
Jul 5, 2012 4:57AM ET
Folks in San Diego witnessed either the worst Fourth of July fireworks celebration — or the absolute best — when a technical malfunction caused all of their pyrotechnics to go off at the same time.
Jul 4, 2012 12:06PM ET
We already know about the Romney Olympics, the annual fourth of July family competition that can get pretty competitive, but we wondered what else the Romney family likes to do while on vacation at their New Hampshire home. So, we did some digging and found out.
Jul 3, 2012 10:20PM ET
Obama is following up on the goal he set in May to finally repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department of Justice is asking the Supreme Court to hear appeals for two different cases to finally decide whether or not DOMA is constitutional.
Jul 3, 2012 5:33PM ET
A majority of Americans agree with the Declaration of Independence's statement “governments derive their only just powers from the consent of the governed," according to a survey from Rasmussen Reports. That's good, right?
Jul 3, 2012 4:31PM ET
John Bryson, who resigned as President Obama's commerce secretary last month after he was involved in two hit-and-runs, won't face charges for the incident, The Associated Press reports.
Jul 3, 2012 2:46PM ET
For a lot of us, America's midweek birthday leaves us with only one day off, making it more difficult to carve out a three or four day weekend without expending precious vacation days. Whether you think this a great summer tragedy sort of depends on you.
Jul 3, 2012 2:46PM ET
Our world just got a little less magical today, as we found out that the U.S. government has denied the existence of mermaids.
Jul 3, 2012 2:16PM ET
Just as the weather has started getting all freaky global warming on us, the Weather Channel has bought up the beloved weather site, Weather Underground, leading us to question whether we're still using the best weather site.
Jul 3, 2012 2:00PM ET
Today in Sports: Swimming's grand "old" lady is out of the game, Brooklyn goes for broke with Dwight Howard, and a soccer star comes out.
Jul 3, 2012 1:43PM ET
Following Andy Griffith's passing Tuesday, many people are remembering his role in Elia Kazan's 1957 film A Face in the Crowd both for his great performance as Lonesome Rhodes, a demagogic populist media personality and for the way Budd Schulberg's script predicted the rise of Glenn Beck.
Jul 3, 2012 12:23PM ET
A State Representative in North Carolina accidentally cast the deciding vote on key fracking bill, handing her opponents a victory because she pushed the wrong button.