Today's Five Best Columns
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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.
Dec 14, 2011 6:40PM ET
Experts who spoke with the Associated Press and The New York Times called the results of a new survey from Centers for Disease Control "striking" and "astounding."
Dec 14, 2011 6:32PM ET
McClatchy reports today that the Marines may have publicized a version of the story that won Dakota Meyer a medal of honor this September that doesn't fit what actually happened.
Dec 14, 2011 6:22PM ET
Back in October, protesters arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge and other early Occupy Wall Street marches promised to clog up Manhattan's court system rather than take any kind of deal if their charges weren't fully dismissed, but only 40 percent are sticking to that plan.
Dec 14, 2011 4:22PM ET
Realizing it's in danger of tarnishing its hip cred, online travel site Kayak is trying to distance itself from Lowe's and Christian activist organization The Florida Family Association as they boycott the TLC show All American Muslim.
Dec 14, 2011 2:45PM ET
Despite some debate over whether or not its actually recovered from the Deep Water Horizon spill, the Gulf of Mexico will soon welcome BP to start drilling under its waters.
Dec 14, 2011 1:50PM ET
After white middle-aged Forbes contributor Gene Marks described what he would do "If I Were a Poor Black Kid," the Internet has done a total takedown of the tone-deaf piece, giving Marks a better idea of what the world for actual poor black kids is like.
Dec 14, 2011 1:16PM ET
Today in academia: a Harvard student impersonator, a huge CUNY gift, privatizing student housing, the free textbooks dream, and new protest "rules."
Dec 14, 2011 12:25PM ET
Two disturbing emergencies shook New York's fabled advertising row on Wednesday as an elevator fell in one building and a suspicious package forced the evacuation of another.
Dec 14, 2011 10:49AM ET
Discovered: a longevity gene caveat, coffee as workout enhancer, the golden age of bed bug science, a few reminders from science.
Dec 14, 2011 9:36AM ET
Owen Matthews on Russia's protests, George Will on Newt Gingrich, Paul Sherman on foreigners and free speech, Amy Davidson on 'All-American Muslim', and Nate Jackson on the N.F.L.'s medical advice.
Dec 14, 2011 8:50AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Dec 14, 2011 7:45AM ET
Time magazine has chosen the vague and non-committal "The Protester" as its "Person of the Year."
Dec 14, 2011 7:41AM ET
The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending a nationwide ban on phone calls and text messages for people behind the wheels of cars.
Dec 14, 2011 12:36AM ET
Other than the venue — a Pabst-slinging bar with a taco truck parked in the backyard called Union Pool — the first general assembly for Occupy Williamsburg looked a lot like any other Occupy meeting.
Dec 13, 2011 1:15PM ET
Police in Long Island believe they've found the body of a young woman whose disappearance set off a search that turned up 10 bodies on a Long Island beach, thought to be the work of a serial killer.
Dec 13, 2011 1:06PM ET
Today in academia: buying top MBA applicants, wishing for a celeb speaker, demanding to know how much for-profit CEO's make, and dealing with a rise in on-campus psychological issues.
Dec 13, 2011 11:35AM ET
Hygiene may be the least vain justification for ripping hairs off of your mons pubis, but it's not doctor recommended.
Dec 13, 2011 10:57AM ET
Discovered: a doorway effect, walking fish, thinking when leaning to left, ADHD meds get the all clear and cellphone distracted drivers get some vindication.
Dec 13, 2011 9:49AM ET
Richard Russo on Amazon's price check promotion, Marc Thiessen on Amnesty International, Jonah Goldberg on 'Newtzilla', Charles Krulak and Joseph Hoar on the defense bill, and Jonathan Macey on insider trading.
Dec 13, 2011 9:17AM ET
Dec 13, 2011 9:03AM ET
Former Pennsylvania State University football coach and accused child rapist Jerry Sandusky arrived at court for his preliminary hearing on more than 50 criminal counts Monday, and after a short meeting with his lawyers, waived his right to the evidentiary hearing.
Dec 13, 2011 8:05AM ET
Cartoonist Ben Sargent on America's missing middle class.
Dec 13, 2011 6:57AM ET
The former First Daughter gave her first effort as TV news reporter last night, providing media pundits the chance to dissect the most high-profile debut in some time.
Dec 12, 2011 6:35PM ET
This Saturday will be the one-month anniversary of the massive protest that followed Occupy Wall Street's eviction from Zuccotti Park (and the four-month mark since Occupy Wall Street began), and to mark it the protesters plan to occupy another space in Lower Manhattan.
Dec 12, 2011 5:58PM ET
After a morning of protests that focused on a goofy new tactic called squidding, a second Occupy Wall Street action turned tense as police confronted protesters and journalists -- including a New York Times photographer taped in a back-and-forth with a stubborn cop.
Dec 12, 2011 5:02PM ET
A Pennsylvania judge just overturned a prior ruling that prohibited reporters from tweeting or emailing during alleged sex offender and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
Dec 12, 2011 4:39PM ET
Michele Flournoy, the highest ranking female offiicial at the Pentagon, will be stepping down next February.
Dec 12, 2011 4:05PM ET
You're probably out of luck if you asked Santa Claus for a new Sarah Palin television adventure this year.
Dec 12, 2011 2:51PM ET
One of the reasons Occupy Wall Street has been so notable is the movement's often outrageous creativity in coming up with protest tactics, and their latest one is one of the strangest and most specific.