Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 7, 2011 5:28AM ET
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a bold step for U.S. foreign policy (and common decency) by declaring in front of the United Nations yesterday that it is a "violation of human rights" to commit violence or discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation.
Dec 6, 2011 5:42PM ET
Hurricane Irene struck the Northeastern U.S. some three months ago and cost the state of Vermont between $175 and $250 million -- but you wouldn't know it from driving through the state today.
Dec 6, 2011 5:31PM ET
Following his arrest for driving drunk on the wrong side of a Virginia highway last weekend and a one-day-long leave of absence, Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbit stepped down on Tuesday, presumably handing the reins to acting administrator Michael Huerta.
Dec 6, 2011 5:16PM ET
Alabama agriculture officials are stumped over how to keep farms operating now that the state's draconian new immigration law chased away all of the low paid (however illegal) labor. The latest idea: Hire prisoners.
Dec 6, 2011 4:55PM ET
The latest installment of the Occupy Wall Street protests is an action begun Tuesday called Occupy Our Homes, the centerpiece of which comes as activists plan to move people into foreclosed homes to protest what they say are unfair lending practices by banks.
Dec 6, 2011 1:28PM ET
Today in academia: employers aren't happy, free tuition for life, where the professors party, Goldman Sachs gets avoided, and lots of incidents of SAT irregularities.
Dec 6, 2011 12:28PM ET
Police officers in Denver used a sock puppet Twitter account to harass Occupy Wall Street protesters, calling them "idiots."
Dec 6, 2011 11:17AM ET
U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford is set to return to Syria on Tuesday, even as the Associated Press reports an "insane escalation" in violence around the city of Homs.
Dec 6, 2011 10:54AM ET
Some New York police officers really didn't like being assigned to Brooklyn's West Indian American Day Parade, so much so that they vehemently vented their frustrations on Facebook.
Dec 6, 2011 10:51AM ET
Discovered: diamond planets, crocodiles and nuclear plants, a psychedelic revival and the random facts about the left-handed.
Dec 6, 2011 9:38AM ET
Vygaudas Usackas on Soviets in Afghanistan, Joe Nocera on Medicare's former chief, Ramesh Ponnuru on Gingrich, Spike Dolomite Ward on ObamaCare, Roger Cohen on Israel
Dec 6, 2011 8:34AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Dec 6, 2011 6:01AM ET
With just a few short weeks remaining before the end of the 2011 session, Congress has passed its fewest number of bills in at least the last 10 non-election years.
Dec 6, 2011 5:27AM ET
Shortly before leaving the governor's office in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney's administration spent nearly $100,000 of state money to purge computer and email records, in an unprecedented attempt to wipe out the paper trail of tenure.
Dec 5, 2011 4:48PM ET
As winter sets in for real in much of the country it seems each weekend brings news of a new crackdown on a different Occupy encampment, but a few are holding fast.
Dec 5, 2011 2:52PM ET
Federal Aviation Administration chief Jerome Randolph "Randy" Babbitt is taking some time off from his job running the Federal Aviation Administration after police arrested him near his Fairfax, Virginia, home for drunk driving.
Dec 5, 2011 1:43PM ET
Today in academia: Finals season begins, the highest paid college presidents, Oxford's many trademarks, and Obama's scheduled chat about steep tuition.
Dec 5, 2011 1:01PM ET
News of the little-known Pentagon program that practically gave away $500 Million worth of retired military equipment to local police departments last year prompts the question: What the heck are cops actually doing with tanks and grenade launchers?
Dec 5, 2011 12:06PM ET
A Saudi woman who was sentenced to flogging but then apparently pardoned still faces the lash for driving a car in the Sharia-adherent kingdom.
Dec 5, 2011 11:32AM ET
Discovered: citizen scientists, when gossip is good, ominous global warming stats to skip over, and some more terrible things about apple juice.
Dec 5, 2011 9:44AM ET
Michael Mukasey on the Supreme Court recusals, Margaret Heckel on Merkel, Adam Hochschild on Gingrich the historian, Arnold Schwarzenegger on renewable energy, and Michael Lewis on the 99 percent.
Dec 5, 2011 8:22AM ET
Dec 5, 2011 7:07AM ET
A analysis of pardon applications shows that criminals who had the support of a member of Congress were three times as likely to win approval for their pardon as those who didn't.
Dec 5, 2011 5:37AM ET
The U.S. Postal Service is preparing to announce to cuts of up to $6.5 billion a year from its overwhelmed budget, including a reduction of the speed of first-class mail, making it impossible for normal mail to be delivered in one day.
Dec 4, 2011 4:42PM ET
The New York Times examines the life of Derek Boogard, who died at 28 after a brief career pummeling his way through the underside of ice hockey.
Dec 4, 2011 10:00AM ET
As climate-change science moves in one direction, Republicans in Congress are moving in another. Why?
Dec 3, 2011 4:20PM ET
One wonky detail of the Obama health insurance reforms could make a huge differences. Insurers now have to spend a larger percentage of money on actual health care.
Dec 3, 2011 3:31PM ET
Michael Harris' elegant essay about the lives of gay men in the "post-AIDS" era ends with a haunting, poignant metaphor.
Dec 3, 2011 12:43PM ET
The former Penn State football coach charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children is talking to the media again.
Dec 3, 2011 11:50AM ET
Herman Cain, Godfather pizza CEO, 999-coiner, alleged sexual harasser and affair-haver, has "suspended" his campaign for president.