Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 21, 2012 9:40PM ET
Reports that Joe Paterno has died at age 85 are false, says a family spokesperson.
Jan 21, 2012 3:19PM ET
A federal appeals court upheld awards for the families of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's victims.
Jan 20, 2012 4:29PM ET
Discovered: The 11th warmest year on record, comet death on camera, banning fast food ads works, red wine's back, ad where you vote matters.
Jan 20, 2012 4:00PM ET
In an apparent attempt to push the question of Internet privacy up to the Supreme Court, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are moving forward with an appeal to challenge a U.S. district court ruling in November.
Jan 20, 2012 12:32PM ET
A Supreme Court decision today means that Texas still doesn't know the boundaries of its 36 congressional district, which is a bit of a problem since primaries for those congressional seats are only three months away.
Jan 20, 2012 9:44AM ET
Ariel Levy on Gingrich's debate, Nicholas Burns on Iran, Jonathan Alter on the State of the Union, David Brooks on the Romneys, and Carlo Rotella on talking heads.
Jan 20, 2012 8:44AM ET
Former Speaker of the House and current Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich released his tax return during last night's debate, proving he's an excellent multi-tasker and isn't afraid to show that he paid just under $1 million in taxes and around $20,000 in alimony for 2010.
Jan 20, 2012 8:08AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Jan 19, 2012 4:55PM ET
Discovered: 19,232 new species, the Choking Game trend, marriage isn't all that healthy after-all, a miracle tree, mental-illness abounds, challenging the women are bad at math research.
Jan 19, 2012 2:53PM ET
A new report found that a third of teenage moms surveyed didn't use protection because, for one reason or another, they didn't think they could get pregnant.
Jan 19, 2012 2:50PM ET
Remember how the guy who owns the WikiLeaks truck was going to sell it and use the money to start building a whole fleet of WikiLeaks vehicles? Well, the eBay sale ended last week and all the bidders backed out at the last minute, so that never happened.
Jan 19, 2012 10:33AM ET
A rich, generous history buff says he'll pony up the $7.5 million needed to fix the earthquake damage to the Washington Monument.
Jan 19, 2012 10:01AM ET
Joe Karaganis on web piracy, Joshua Green on food stamps, Nicholas Kristof on banking, Alan Blinder on the deficit, and George Will on police overreach
Jan 19, 2012 8:46AM ET
The final results of the Iowa Caucuses put Rick Santorum ahead of Mitt Romney by 34 votes, though the Iowan Republican Party's executive director, calls it a "split decision."
Jan 19, 2012 8:03AM ET
Jan 19, 2012 7:36AM ET
Cartoonist Nick Anderson isn't fond of Mitt Romney's tax bracket.
Jan 19, 2012 7:14AM ET
Yesterday's internet-wide protest may not have killed Congress's anti-piracy efforts completely, but a lot of legislators (including some co-sponsors) suddenly can't run away from the bills fast enough.
Jan 18, 2012 3:14PM ET
Discovered: A new type of computer, gossiping is healthy, why even the rich stop spending during a recession, 6.7 million bat deaths and how fruit flies navigate.
Jan 18, 2012 1:41PM ET
Opposite GQ's list of top D.C. insiders in newsstands this month is Esquire's cover with a certain Washington bigwig, Bill Clinton, who cracked wise that MSNBC was in fact created as liberals' ostensive answer to Fox News.
Jan 18, 2012 11:41AM ET
The U.S. State Department has recommended that the president reject a pipeline proposed from Canada to Texas, and the White House has agreed.
Jan 18, 2012 11:17AM ET
Last week, The Village Voice's Steven Thrasher ranked "The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" and it was full of people who rarely hear about. On Wednesday, GQ's biennial "50 Most Powerful People in Washington" was released and it, too, is filled out by names you don't know.
Jan 18, 2012 9:55AM ET
Ezra Klein on Romney's taxes, Jamie Stiehm on Showtime's Homeland, Scot Lehigh on young voters, William Pesek on Myanmar, and Arthur Herman on military cuts.
Jan 18, 2012 7:59AM ET
An unknown person appeared to throw some kind of smoke bomb over the White House fence last night during a demonstration by Occupy protestors outside the main gates.
Jan 18, 2012 7:37AM ET
Jan 18, 2012 6:32AM ET
The Los Angeles City Council approved a city ordinance Tuesday requiring porn peformers to wear condoms while filming sex scenes, but the measure is unlikely to make the industry or its workers any safer.
Jan 18, 2012 5:34AM ET
A group of European tourists traveling through northern Ethiopia was attacked by gunmen who killed five people, wounded two, and kidnapped four others, including two Ethiopian guides.
Jan 18, 2012 4:57AM ET
Wikipedia, Google, and Craigslist are leading today's Internet protest march by changing their home pages in defiance of the SOPA and Protect IP bills.
Jan 17, 2012 6:32PM ET
"Fixies (fixed gear bikes) are considered to be a strong indicator of hipsterness," argues Rohin Dhar at the Priceonomics Blog.
Jan 17, 2012 4:13PM ET
National Park Police will have a much harder time forcing out protesters camped in McPherson Square now that activists attracted by Tuesday's big rally have swelled the encampment's ranks.
Jan 17, 2012 3:58PM ET
Discovered: the dangers of headphones for pedestrians, troubling obesity rate numbers, our sun's future, and the impact of medical marijuana on traffic accidents.