Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 19, 2011 1:11PM ET
Now that robots have proven they can clear IEDs, tour the then-radioactive Fukushima nuclear power plant, and observe endangered tortoises, the next natural step for these overachievers is investigating dangerous drug tunnels.
Dec 19, 2011 11:25AM ET
According to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce today that Cornell University has won the city's competition to open a new technology-based campus on Roosevelt Island.
Dec 19, 2011 11:25AM ET
According to a new study in Pediatrics, somewhere between 30.2 and 41.4 percent of 8- to 23-year-olds in the U.S. will be arrested before their 23rd birthdays.
Dec 19, 2011 9:59AM ET
The man who allegedly burned a woman to death in her apartment elevator Saturday night told police in Brooklyn on Sunday that he had killed his 73-year-old neighbor in an arson attack because she owed him about $2,000 for odd jobs.
Dec 19, 2011 9:42AM ET
Michael Hirsh on Kim Jong Il, Edward Glaeser on Chile, Rahm Emanuel on community colleges, John Rosenthal on high-speed rails, and Leon Aron on Putin.
Dec 19, 2011 8:19AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Dec 19, 2011 5:46AM ET
Thanks to a generous retirement package from the private equity firm that he helped to build, Mitt Romney and his family continue to earn millions of dollars a year in profit from a company he left 13 years ago.
Dec 18, 2011 2:38PM ET
Nicholas K. Peart is a 23-year-old black man living in New York City. He's been stopped and frisked by police at least five times. His account of the corrosive legacy of an invasive police tactic is going viral.
Dec 18, 2011 10:11AM ET
Nine years of war draw to a formal close as the final convoy of U.S. troops rolls into Kuwait on Sunday morning. Many U.S. security contractors will remain, however.
Dec 17, 2011 12:01PM ET
The retired archbishop said Trinity Church should work with protesters now camping on its vacant lot. Then he clarified: protesters shouldn't break the law, either.
Dec 16, 2011 2:11PM ET
Discovered: remote polluted lakes, uninformed fish, a comet crossbow, clinical trial check-up and one place to be to find undiscovered invertebrates.
Dec 16, 2011 1:37PM ET
Mike McQueary, eye-witness to one of Jerry Sandusky's alleged rapes, took the stand today in a hearing for two other Penn State officials to give his first public account of exactly he says he did (and did not) see happened in the team's locker room one 2002 night.
Dec 16, 2011 11:53AM ET
Mark Meckler -- co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest Tea Party groups in the country -- has gotten to know that his Second Amendment rights are more nuanced than he'd probably like after after being arrested for trying to bring his pistol onto a flight from LaGuardia Airport in New York.
Dec 16, 2011 9:06AM ET
Dec 16, 2011 6:16AM ET
The death of Christopher Hitchens last night, from complications from esophageal cancer at age 62, ended one of the great intellectual careers of the last 40 years.
Dec 16, 2011 12:15AM ET
Christopher Hitchens, the journalist, critic, and brilliant rhetorician, died Thursday, a year and a half after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
Dec 15, 2011 6:46PM ET
Bradley Manning's arrest and confinement on charges that he provided secret government documents to WikiLeaks quickly became a cause celebre, to the extent that before his first courtroom appearance on Friday a substantial and growing trove of Manning-inspired creative works has already sprouted up.
Dec 15, 2011 5:10PM ET
Earning $45,000 or less annually per household is the U.S. Census Bureau's threshold or calling someone "low-income," and according to the bureau's latest figures, 48 percent of U.S. citizens fall into this category.
Dec 15, 2011 5:08PM ET
We don't mean to scare you, but the ACLU certainly does with 13-pages of startling details (PDF) about how the threat of "routine aerial surveillance of American life" is real.
Dec 15, 2011 3:31PM ET
Accused child molester Jerry Sandusky's lawyer suggested this week that his client showered with young boys because may have been teaching them hygiene.
Dec 15, 2011 3:09PM ET
Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio got into even more hot water on Thursday: the U.S. Department of Justice issued the results of a three-year investigation finding that his office exhibited discriminatory policies toward Latinos and violated civil rights
Dec 15, 2011 2:38PM ET
The New York Times sent the New York Police Department an e-mail this week saying they weren't happy about the NYPD's treatment of one of their photographers, and the NYPD has responded, though not to everyone's satisfaction
Dec 15, 2011 12:57PM ET
Today in academia: Berkeley's middle class bid, Ivy League admit numbers, Penn State's big donation, Riverside's protest rules, and Virginia Tech's parental notification policy.
Dec 15, 2011 12:20PM ET
One of the best ways to spend an afternoon in New York City — taking a walk from Lower Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge to get a bite of pizza at Grimaldi's is back after a terrifying (but brief) closure.
Dec 15, 2011 11:34AM ET
Discovered: Viking treasure, NASA's snow angel, a Pyramid of the Sun offering, distracted doctors and the latest sobering anti-smoking statistic.
Dec 15, 2011 9:36AM ET
Joshua Green on Perry's ad, Karl Rove on Republican debates, Brian Greene on the Higgs particle, Ezra Klein on death panels, and David Ignatius on Iraq's prime minister.
Dec 15, 2011 8:12AM ET
Cartoonist Tom Toles on tobacco's kid-friendly options.
Dec 15, 2011 8:08AM ET
Dec 15, 2011 6:31AM ET
Marines lowered the American flag in Baghdad today, symbolically marking the end of the United State's military intervention in Iraq.
Dec 15, 2011 5:57AM ET
A new survey of teenage drug use finds that their consumption of cigarettes and alcohol is the lowest it has been in 30 years, but that regular use of marijuana continues its sharp rise.