Today's Five Best Columns
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May 18, 2012 1:04PM ET
The Associated Press gets credit for actually breaking the recent "underwear bomber" news, but the information that the plot was an inside job by an intelligence operative actually appears to have come accidentally from a White House attempt at damage control.
May 18, 2012 12:25PM ET
Gay rights are certainly having a moment, which makes this a good time to revisit the career of Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, who helped change psychiatry's definition of homosexuality away from a "disorder" but also lent his substantial influence to a study supporting a "gay cure."
May 18, 2012 9:47AM ET
Again, sorry for turning this Friday morning into a spectacle for the macabre. But, in a new video released along with yesterday's cache of documents, you can now see the last documented minutes of Trayvon Martin's life.
May 18, 2012 9:35AM ET
Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein on partisanship solutions, George W. Bush on the Arab Spring, Charles Krauthammer on Obama's gay marriage arguments, Paul Krugman on the euro's collapse, and Joshua Green on the filibuster.
May 18, 2012 9:33AM ET
Summer started earlier this year and is on track to be hotter than almost any on record. And that means it's going to be expensive, because whatever it is you like to do during the summer, you're going to do more of it and that's going to cost you.
May 18, 2012 9:26AM ET
A final, if expected, blow to the reputation of the guy who was once headed for big things—if not president, Supreme Court justice, or maybe attorney general?—comes from his own defense team.
May 18, 2012 8:56AM ET
Folks, let's be honest: If we can spend $40,000 a day to keep Newt Gingrich safe, can't we do the same for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer? The man was robbed at machete-point then burgled all in the span of four months.
May 18, 2012 8:34AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
May 18, 2012 7:50AM ET
Cartoonist Tom Toles rethinks the state's slogan.
May 18, 2012 6:33AM ET
An unknown buyer has paid over $90 million for an unfinished penthouse apartment, setting a new mark for the priciest home in New York City.
May 18, 2012 5:42AM ET
Police arrested a 28-year-old man this morning and charged him with capital murder in the deaths of two motorists who were shot in their cars on Mississippi highways.
May 17, 2012 7:14PM ET
Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker was sentenced to prison for using his followers' faith to sell them goods of dubious value, so it's odd that now that he's free he's using warnings about the coming End Times to sell fans thousands of dollars of survival gear.
May 17, 2012 7:02PM ET
The tweeting masses are on board with the cause of the moment, gay marriage, by a roughly 2.6-to-1 margin, according to a report from Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
May 17, 2012 5:14PM ET
A massive trove of documents was just released in the Trayvon Martin investigation, including an autopsy report that shows Martin had THC in system when he died.
May 17, 2012 2:31PM ET
Today in sports: Some rare memorabilia, the NHL readies for its next labor fight, and Wenlock is watching you!
May 17, 2012 12:58PM ET
The United States Postal Service would very much like Congress to help it save some money, but since that's not happening, it said on Thursday it would just go ahead and start closing stuff, starting with 140 mail processing centers in the next year.
May 17, 2012 12:43PM ET
After a harsh rebuke from a federal judge who green-lit a class-action lawsuit against the New York Police Department over its stop-and-frisk tactics, police commissioner Ray Kelly said the program was being reevaluated, with more internal oversight and training.
May 17, 2012 11:57AM ET
This week, several media outlets rediscovered an old New York Times chart that tells you how popular your birthday is, ranking each day of the year from 1 to 366. While it's fun to learn the most common birthdays in the U.S., it's much more fun to think about the most popular conception dates!
May 17, 2012 10:02AM ET
While the two Air Force pilots granted whistleblower status while refusing to fly the F-22 Raptor are safe from harm's way, that can't be said for the 200 other F-22 pilots.
May 17, 2012 9:56AM ET
Whenever another tragedy happens in the Kennedy family, the "curse" comes up again, along with "evidence" of how those lives have been destroyed by the alleged curse.
May 17, 2012 9:32AM ET
Gustin Reichbach on medical marijuana, George Will on subsidized college loans, Ezra Klein on American decline, Michael Tomasky on Romney and the Tea Party, and E.J. Dionne on Romney's praise for Clinton
May 17, 2012 9:21AM ET
May 17, 2012 7:31AM ET
A new study says that raising the level of HDL, the so-called "good cholesterol," doesn't actually lower your chances of having a heart attack.
May 17, 2012 5:20AM ET
White Americans have officially passed a major — though not unexpected — milestone as they now represent less than half of all births in the United States.
May 16, 2012 4:58PM ET
There’s one idea that TED’s organizers recently decided was too controversial to spread: the notion that widening income inequality is a bad thing for America, and that as a result, the rich should pay more in taxes.
May 16, 2012 4:54PM ET
In a nutshell, here's what happened: A reporter ran a misleading quote in an interview with a boxer, making him sound like a homophobic monster. The boxer got banned from an L.A. mall, and the journalists all blamed each other.
May 16, 2012 4:52PM ET
RadarOnline and TMZ are both reporting that Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., was found dead in her home today of an apparent suicide.
May 16, 2012 4:05PM ET
We had some fun Monday with The Washington Post's report that Henry Kissinger, wheelchair bound and unrecognized by TSA security guards, underwent a "full Monty" patdown, but ever the Realpolitik practitioner, Kissinger himself didn't take too much issue with the incident
May 16, 2012 12:58PM ET
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a lawsuit filed against the New York Police Department can become a class action suit, possibly creating a class of potential victims in hundreds of thousands.
May 16, 2012 12:32PM ET
We wouldn't be so disappointed that John Edwards' defense team had rested its case without him or his mistress being called to testify if that possibility hadn't been teased so hard in the news, but as it is, this is such a letdown.