Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 25, 2012 4:33PM ET
It looks like the Obama administration will keep its promise to make sweeping, cost-cutting reductions to combat troops over the next five years, trimming $260 billion from the Pentagon budget.
Jan 25, 2012 3:09PM ET
Occupy Wall Street protesters get arrested a lot, and for many different charges. Sometimes those charges are just plain silly.
Jan 25, 2012 12:49PM ET
A painting that hung for decades over Elizabeth Taylor's fireplace in Southern California just sold in New York for $2.1 million, about double what it was predicted to fetch.
Jan 25, 2012 12:33PM ET
The mayor of East Haven, Connecticut made a racially insensitive comment this week at a rather racially sensitive moment, and now he's learning that there are just some statements so dumb that they can't be blamed on media sensationalism.
Jan 25, 2012 10:57AM ET
The latest New York City public health campaign was so determined to make it very clear that diabetes leads to amputation that it created a fictional amputee.
Jan 25, 2012 10:41AM ET
The fallout from that terrible anti-Muslim police video just got a bit worse today as the NYPD commissioner acknowledges that he agreed to be interviewed for it.
Jan 25, 2012 9:42AM ET
Doyle McManus on the State of the Union, Dana Milbank on Newt Gingrich, Jeff Jacoby on the Massachusetts Senate race, Michael Wahid Hanna on Egypt, and Edward Alden and Liam Schwartz on visas.
Jan 25, 2012 9:28AM ET
The former C.I.A. analyst accused of leaking classified information to journalists faces 30 years in prison, but his wife's already feeling the fallout, having been forced to quit the agency, insiders told The Washington Post.
Jan 25, 2012 8:11AM ET
From approximately 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. last night, President Obama delivered the State of the Union address to Congress and a national television audience. Even for a SOTU, it seemed a bit long -- but how long was it historically?
Jan 25, 2012 7:56AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Jan 25, 2012 6:53AM ET
Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the only Marine convicted of a crime for his role in the killing of two dozen civilians in Iraq in 2005, will not go to jail after a plea deal dropped all of the most serious charges against him.
Jan 25, 2012 6:16AM ET
Tens of thousands of Egyptians swarmed Tahrir Square on Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of protests that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, but the demonstrations show that the revolution is far from over.
Jan 25, 2012 4:41AM ET
Right around the time President Obama arrived at the Capitol to deliver the State of the Union address, a U.S. military unit swooped into Somalia, killing nine pirates and rescuing aid workers who they had taken hostage.
Jan 24, 2012 6:14PM ET
A tiny bit of legislation from the state capitol in Oklahoma is making the rounds among grossed-out news readers, as NPR reports on a bill that would outlaw the use of fetuses in food.
Jan 24, 2012 4:26PM ET
Discovered: A tasty, pork-based nose bleed remedy, stem cells work, magnetic soap, cancer doesn't stop smokers, and the very real benefits of monogamy.
Jan 24, 2012 4:21PM ET
Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, whom prosecutors charged with attempting to assassinate the president after he allegedly shot a gun at the White House while President Obama was away, has pled not guilty to the 17-count indictment.
Jan 24, 2012 3:27PM ET
The complicated case of the Haditha massacre in which American Marines killed two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians on November 19, 2005 isn't getting any simpler.
Jan 24, 2012 2:52PM ET
The National Park Service may begin arresting Occupy D.C. protesters. After a panel of House lawmakers pressed the agency to take action on Tuesday, National Park Police could soon crack down on those violating a law against camping.
Jan 24, 2012 12:13PM ET
Three New York daily newspapers carrying three different accounts of the rape trial of a Saudi prince's friend on Monday posted stories so varied you'd be forgiven if you didn't realize they were all about the same thing.
Jan 24, 2012 11:15AM ET
The threat of violence against Salman Rushdie was no joke, Indian officials have said. It was so real, in fact, that not only was Rushdie's physical appearance canceled, but his video address got pulled as well.
Jan 24, 2012 11:01AM ET
Mitt Romney's latest attack on Newt Gingrich's time as an historian for Freddie Mac would be more effective if it didn't remind us that Romney could easily pay the $1.6 million 'reward' he's playfully putting up to learn more about his opponent's old job .
Jan 24, 2012 9:36AM ET
Bret Stephens on the GOP candidates, Joe Nocera on the NCAA, George Will on Romney and Gingrich, Roger Cohen on Sarkozy, and Ron Klain on Iowa's voting dysfunction.
Jan 24, 2012 9:06AM ET
The New York Police Department has shown an anti-Muslim film in its training not "a couple of times," but nearly 1,500 times, to officers of all ranks, on "a continuous loop," according to The New York Times.
Jan 24, 2012 7:58AM ET
Jan 24, 2012 5:52AM ET
The Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins made the traditional congratulatory visit to the White House on Monday, but without star goalie Tim Thomas, who chose not to go in protest.
Jan 23, 2012 7:15PM ET
It always did seem a little out of character for Occupy Wall Street to have an office space, especially one in the Financial District with a receptionist at the front desk and an express elevator, but now after a complaint about people illegally sleeping in the space, the protesters are packing up.
Jan 23, 2012 3:36PM ET
Discovered: women can't handle pain, solving climate change with airplanes, a new gene to help Japanese rice farmers, Facebook friends are unreliable.
Jan 23, 2012 2:59PM ET
In a Camp Pendleton courtroom, a judge finally sentenced the last of the eight Marines accused of murdering two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha, ten of whom were women and children.
Jan 23, 2012 2:00PM ET
After seemingly everyone shuddered with dismay at a January 13 column suggesting that Israel should assassinate President Obama, Andrew Adler has resigned as the publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times.
Jan 23, 2012 1:44PM ET
The CIA announced the arrest of John Kiriakou, a former agent, for leaking classified information, marking the second time this month the agency is sending the message that it doesn't like its ex-agents to be talking to reporters.