Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 17, 2012 12:30PM ET
Seeking Arrangement, the infamous dating website that matches "sugar daddies" and "sugar mommies" with attractive but cash-strapped young people, is inserting itself into the budget debate with a new pitch: to avoid the fiscal cliff, have a rich guy buy you things.
Dec 17, 2012 11:07AM ET
Politicians are more willing to talk about gun control after the Connecticut massacre of 20 first graders and six of their teachers, but is there any chance legislation could pass the House?
Dec 17, 2012 10:55AM ET
In the aftermath of Friday's Newtown school shooting, we've heard tales mostly horrifying and occasionally heroic, from surviving witnesses and mourning citizens alike, but this one lies somewhere in between, all the more unshakeable.
Dec 17, 2012 9:52AM ET
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will announce whom she's picked to replace Sen. Jim DeMint in a press conference Monday at noon, and The New York Times now reports that person will be Rep. Tim Scott.
Dec 16, 2012 7:27PM ET
John Boehner has finally given in to raising taxes for America's wealthiest citizens for the first time in the ongoing fiscal cliff talks. But it isn't exactly what the President asked for...
Dec 16, 2012 3:02PM ET
Gun control and Newtown dominated the conversation on every show. Dianne Feinstein announced her intentions to reintroduce an assault weapons ban while almost everyone else called for a "national discussion" on guns.
Dec 14, 2012 6:28PM ET
Here's a tally of public figures who've called for a change in the wake of the tragedy. Or not.
Dec 14, 2012 3:56PM ET
It's been an emotional day for everyone: President Obama teared up while delivering a statement to the press on the Newtown school shooting Friday afternoon, pausing for several seconds and wiping under his eye while talking about the children who died.
Dec 14, 2012 12:23PM ET
Stephen Colbert's Super PAC is giving back: to Sandy relief, wounded soldiers, and maybe the greatest of good causes when it comes to campaign finance — the Super-PAC watchdogs.
Dec 14, 2012 11:31AM ET
On Friday, the TMZ cycle whirled on, when Romney's name got pulled into a petty crime. A man wearing a Romney mask robbed a bank in Sterling, Virginia, Point Break-style.
Dec 14, 2012 9:48AM ET
With more and more states legalizing marijuana, President Obama's administration hasn't said how it will reconcile federal laws against it, but in a new interview with ABC News's Barbara Walters, the president said he has "bigger fish to fry."
Dec 14, 2012 9:24AM ET
Not too many people were convinced when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia tried to use murder to explain gay marriage. Jon Stewart was one of them.
Dec 14, 2012 9:19AM ET
Mitt Romney lost women voters by 12 percentage points, but he lost women donors by way more.
Dec 14, 2012 7:41AM ET
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal argues on the opinion page of The Wall Street Journal today that birth control should be more widely available to those who want it, but probably not for the same reasons most women's health advocates do.
Dec 13, 2012 10:46PM ET
In an interview late Thursday night after withdrawing from the running for Secretary of State — and in a new op-ed published overnight — Susan Rice insisted about the Benghazi conflict that ruined her future that "it's our obligation to try to explain it as best we can to the American people."
Dec 13, 2012 6:08PM ET
Despite the Justice Department getting ready to enforce and the Senate ready for a hearing, it's a little funny that legalization really could spread the way dorm room stoners always imagined: states will figure out they can make lots of money taxing weed.
Dec 13, 2012 5:42PM ET
It's got to be Kerry, right? Well, yes, probably. But speculation also puts some other options in front of the president between now and whenever Hillary Clinton steps down — including, but not limited to, her husband.
Dec 13, 2012 5:15PM ET
McCain's campaign to block Rice's appointment was as strange as it was successful. Here's a timeline of the big moments that forced Rice to withdraw her name from consideration for Secretary of State on Thursday afternoon — and probably now make John Kerry the frontrunner.
Dec 13, 2012 4:30PM ET
The so-called Top Conservaties on Twitter, led by their #tcot hashtag, dominated the trends on Twitter this election year, but official new data from Twitter suggests that they may not have controlled the conversations they started.
Dec 13, 2012 3:41PM ET
On Facebook Thursday afternoon South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley launched a fierce counter-counterattack to Stephen Colbert's counter-attack to Haley's Facebook attack last week. It involves salamanders.
Dec 13, 2012 2:13PM ET
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is "likely" to be named the next Secretary of Defense by President Obama, Bloomberg is now reporting. Here's what to expect out of him.
Dec 13, 2012 12:24PM ET
In this time of great partisan fighting, there is one arena in which we are seeing a great breakthrough: Leaders inside and outside government, on both the right and the left, are publicly saying they refuse to work with "assholes."
Dec 13, 2012 12:21PM ET
Everyone seemed to ignored one thing that made Boehner's Thursday press conference new and special: a chart — from Paul Ryan, no less.
Dec 13, 2012 12:12PM ET
Only one doubter remains: Dylan Byers, the media reporter at Politico, who called asked if Silver was a one-term celebrity and is now clinging to the deafening noise of punditry to combat the unstoppable number wizard.
Dec 13, 2012 10:31AM ET
Some House Republicans are openly criticizing Speaker John Boehner, but right now, the threat that he could actually be deposed of his speakership remains small. So where's the mutiny coming from, exactly?
Dec 13, 2012 9:09AM ET
In the past few days a North Korean rocket launch and a giant asteroid both caught America by surprise — and obviously this means the end of the world is nigh.
Dec 12, 2012 10:18PM ET
The latest poll numbers show that a record number of Americans favor raising taxes on the rich as a solution to our budget problems. With the fiscal cliff just weeks away, one question remains: Who cares?
Dec 12, 2012 5:19PM ET
The unusual chain of events — and a series of press releases — are a little hard to follow, so here's a timeline that seems straight out of Homeland.
Dec 12, 2012 4:54PM ET
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was officially named to the Senate Banking Committee, and now anyone who is a Warren fan — or just a fan of Gordon Gekko looking more like the Geicho gecko — is officially excited to see what she does next.
Dec 12, 2012 4:29PM ET
The new site is fetch like totally a regulation hottie and soon to be Spring Fling Queen in the tumblr world. And we, like, talked to the girl that invented it, you know what we mean?