Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 22, 2011 10:14PM ET
After a tough week for protesters both in New York and in Cairo, Occupy Wall Street has stalled their planned trip to Egypt, citing logistical roadblocks and safety concerns.
Nov 22, 2011 6:47PM ET
John Pike, the officer who was seen casually pepper-spraying seated UC Davis protesters, was once given an award in 2006 for not using pepper spray in a campus incident because he didn't want to harm his fellow officers.
Nov 22, 2011 6:42PM ET
One of the protesters arrested during Occupy Wall Street's massive New York protest last week was held on $25,000 bail for a weapons charge, and on Monday night the occupiers voted to post it for him.
Nov 22, 2011 6:40PM ET
Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon said today he will block executions in the state for the remainder of his term, just a month before Oregon was scheduled to execute its third inmate since reinstating the death penalty in 1984.
Nov 22, 2011 6:10PM ET
This is just one strange data point found by blogger Jim Romenesko over at his new blog on some of the more peculiar habits of NPR listeners.
Nov 22, 2011 5:58PM ET
Lately, clothing stores haven't had enough sense to discern the line between popular slogan and inappropriate saying, so we're suggesting they call the whole thing off.
Nov 22, 2011 5:00PM ET
If you haven't booked your Thanksgiving flights yet (you better get on that), then our Chart of the Day just may be able to help you choose which airline is most likely to get you home on time for turkey.
Nov 22, 2011 12:58PM ET
Today in academia: a fundamentalist college with a large Catholic art collection, an undisturbed night for UC Davis protesters, rebranding of Occupy UCLA, and Harvard's early applicants.
Nov 22, 2011 12:45PM ET
If Fox News's Megyn Kelly actually has to eat pepper spray for her off-comment on last night's O'Reilly Factor, we hear it apparently tastes good.
Nov 22, 2011 10:59AM ET
Discovered: "smart bomb" mouthwash, a possible acne medication side effect, a better word for "cancer," why we evolved to get braces, and hoping for a better coffee mug.
Nov 22, 2011 10:39AM ET
Each weekend when Leon Panetta flies roundtrip from Washington D.C. to Monterey, California, it costs around $30,000--you're paying for it, and he's only reimbursing you for the price of a coach seat.
Nov 22, 2011 9:54AM ET
The FBI declined to take up New York City's investigation of a terrorism suspect because the police department's own informant helped him so much.
Nov 22, 2011 9:35AM ET
William Galston on the Super Committee, Bret Stephens on tonight's debate, Jeffrey Toobin on pepper spray, Conor Friedersdorf on Obama's foreign policy failures, and David Brooks on parties in the minority.
Nov 22, 2011 8:34AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Nov 22, 2011 6:43AM ET
Houston police shot and wounded a man firing a rifle near the city's downtown Occupy Wall Street camp, but the incident doesn't appear to be related to the ongoing protest.
Nov 22, 2011 6:24AM ET
A small plane skidded off a runway at an airport near Houston last night, but when police arrived on the scene to conduct a rescue they found a damaged aircraft filled with marijuana and no pilot.
Nov 21, 2011 4:56PM ET
Spurred by the prominent and recurring use of pepper spray by police officers during encounters with Occupy Wall Street protesters, Deborah Blum investigated the substance and its potential health effects for Scientific American.
Nov 21, 2011 4:47PM ET
With the latest cinematic installment on the Twilight saga in theaters, literary social network Goodreads pulls together its own data from the U.S. to figure out which states love young-adult vampire series the most.
Nov 21, 2011 4:35PM ET
An Air Force airman, armed with his own pistol, has barricaded himself in "a building at an Air Force base in Colorado that controls all GPS satellites" but so far there have been no disruptions to the satellite operations, the AP reports.
Nov 21, 2011 4:20PM ET
The New York Police Department is proud of itself for the arrest of a "lone wolf" terrorism suspect over the weekend, but the timing of the bust and the ambivalence of federal investigators have some suggesting the department had an ulterior PR motive.
Nov 21, 2011 4:09PM ET
One of Jerry Sandusky's alleged molestation victims, now 17 years old, has left his high school after bullies blamed him for the firing of Penn State's football coach Joe Paterno.
Nov 21, 2011 2:05PM ET
After months of criticism for its perceived ineffectiveness and a weekend of lethal protests, Egypt's cabinet offered its resignation to the ruling army council yesterday, and the council has accepted it today, Al Jazeera reports.
Nov 21, 2011 12:58PM ET
Today in academia: the Rhodes scholar sweepstakes, aftermath of the Yale U-Haul tailgating death, a cash-for-grades U.A.E. program, and when unpaid internships may not work.
Nov 21, 2011 12:49PM ET
American International Group's former CEO, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg isn't happy with the biggest bailout in American history and government takeover of AIG--he now wants $25 billion for his troubles.
Nov 21, 2011 12:48PM ET
The Occupy Harvard protest appears to be entering its second, more serious stage having amassed the support of over 100 faculty members and successfully derailing a Newt Gingrich visit to campus.
Nov 21, 2011 12:39PM ET
Although UC Davis has decided to put its police chief and two pepper-spraying officiers on leave, the school's chancellor says she's not going to budge -- despite silent and not-so-silent calls for her resignation.
Nov 21, 2011 12:05PM ET
On Monday, Penn State named former FBI director Louis Freeh to head an internal investigation into the child-sex scandal that rocked the university, and Freeh has already promised to go deeper than the grand jury, taking his investigation all the way back to the 1970s -- before Jerry Sandusky.
Nov 21, 2011 9:50AM ET
Discovered: Sex Pistol scrawls, ancient Chilean whale graveyard, refining a mouse's sense of smell, the conundrum of eating more often.
Nov 21, 2011 9:35AM ET
Robert Samuelson on the debt deal, Jane Mayer on Keystone XL, Gordon Crovitz on tent cities, Lawrence Summers on income inequality, and Yan Xuetong on China's rise.
Nov 21, 2011 9:22AM ET
For your Monday morning meme consideration, here's a Tumblr of a Pepper Spray Cop from U.C. Davis spraying people and things throughout history, like Yoko Ono, Edward Munch's The Scream, and Wyeth's Christina's World.