Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 9, 2012 3:09PM ET
CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned over an extra-marital affair, and President Obama accepted the resignation Friday afternoon.
Nov 9, 2012 2:36PM ET
What's the case against Michelle Obama starting a political career of her own? It starts and ends with the fact that she doesn't want one. But what if she changes her mind?
Nov 9, 2012 1:51PM ET
Both President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner have revealed their opening gambits in the great fiscal cliff chess match, and they are basically what everyone expected.
Nov 9, 2012 1:46PM ET
On Wednesday Robert Murray, the Chief Executive of Murray Energy, decided to pray and then fire 54 employees at American Coal and 102 more at Utah American Energy. Now one of Murray's layoff victims has taken to Reddit to explain what it was like to get that news.
Nov 9, 2012 1:11PM ET
In President Obama's first White House speech since his victory Tuesday night, he said that while "I'm open to compromise, I'm open to new ideas," the voters picked his approach to handling the budget deficit.
Nov 9, 2012 10:07AM ET
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr is reportedly ironing out a plea deal with the feds for using his campaign funds to buy a $40,000 Rolex and fix up his pad. If his reelection on Tuesday is any indication, his supporters might not care.
Nov 9, 2012 9:55AM ET
The Republican Party is having a conversation about how to reach more than old white people as voters. "What Republicans need to learn is how do we speak to all Americans," House Speaker John Boehner told ABC's Diane Sawyer.
Nov 9, 2012 8:40AM ET
Paying more in taxes, a safe sex-mandate, rejecting the abolishment of the death penalty—what is going in California?
Nov 9, 2012 7:22AM ET
As Republicans continue to deconstruct the failure of the Romney campaign, volunteers have revealed that there were serious problems with GOP's whiz-bang tech solution for getting people to the polls.
Nov 8, 2012 9:20PM ET
Obama stopped by the Obama for America headquarters on Wednesday to thank his volunteers for giving him their time and effort over course of the long campaign, and all that hope and change made him tear up a little bit.
Nov 8, 2012 6:02PM ET
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan both believed the public polls were wrong, and that they'd win on Election Day. Their wives did, too.
Nov 8, 2012 5:40PM ET
With Mitt Romney (finally) conceding Florida to Barack Obama, we have the final electoral college breakdown for this year's contest, meaning we can finally award prizes to our most right (and wrong) pundits.
Nov 8, 2012 5:21PM ET
From the moment President Obama was reelected, disgruntled conservatives began circulating a quote heralding democracy's downfall at the hands of greedy voters. We hate to break it to them in their time of mourning, but their favorite bit of historical wisdom is fabricated.
Nov 8, 2012 5:20PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Nov 8, 2012 5:16PM ET
Supporters of President Obama celebrated his reelection in a variety of ways, like getting tipsy, or partying in front of the White House. But that wasn't serious enough for some Obama fans.
Nov 8, 2012 4:33PM ET
Since Nate Silver was also declared one of Tuesday night's election winners two competing memes involving the now heroic statistician have popped up on Twitter: "Drunk Nate Silver" and #natesilverfacts.
Nov 8, 2012 3:47PM ET
Mitt Romney's campaign has admitted President Obama won Florida, and an adviser thinks they might have given it away.
Nov 8, 2012 3:43PM ET
A frat scene developed at the White House following Obama's election with young drunk college students chanting "USA USA," or that's how The Daily Beast's Ben Jacobs explains the not-entirely fratty gathering that happened in D.C. on Tuesday night.
Nov 8, 2012 2:43PM ET
If we want to know which way the Republican Party is headed after its big losses on Tuesday, it helps to look at how conservatives are explaining Mitt Romney's loss to themselves.
Nov 8, 2012 1:58PM ET
Journalists hate corrections: They're embarrassing, they feed trolls, and they tend to make people think you're bad at your job ... unless you're The New York Times's Michael Winerip, who turned The Boss into Bruce Springstein.
Nov 8, 2012 12:42PM ET
Most of the uncertainty over the fiscal cliff (which we discussed yesterday) was a result of neither side having taken a post-election stance on the issue. Now that Speaker of the House John Boehner has made his his first statement, things are not much clearer.
Nov 8, 2012 11:16AM ET
EVERYTHING MUST GO! (Go on, Mitt would've wanted you to help the economy.)
Nov 8, 2012 10:45AM ET
Maddie McCaskill, daughter of Sen. Claire McCaskill, along with her sister Lily became a subject of social media and fashion fixation. Now recovered from her post-election hangover, she tells The Atlantic Wire what it's like to be an Election Night meme.
Nov 8, 2012 9:35AM ET
While Karl Rove was battling Fox News' own Decision Desk over the network's calling Ohio -- and thus the presidency -- for President Obama, Mitt Romney had given up.
Nov 8, 2012 8:29AM ET
We've all been waiting four years that special night in November—no, not the election. We're talking about The Daily Show's morning (well, evening if you want to be specific) after show: the night when we get to watch Jon Stewart watch Fox News implode: it's here, and it's delicious.
Nov 7, 2012 4:02PM ET
Barack Obama did a Reddit Ask Me Anything back in August not just as a gimmick to prove he was "with it," but because that's where his voter base was, an anonymous "official" from Obama's analytics team told Time's Michael Scherer.
Nov 7, 2012 3:38PM ET
Not even 24 hours since Mitt Romney lost to President Obama, the Republicans advisers have begun floating theories for why he failed to defeat a less popular incumbent in a weak economy.
Nov 7, 2012 3:29PM ET
Obama may have won last night, and so did Nate Silver, but another victor in the election was the Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling.
Nov 7, 2012 3:03PM ET
The AP is reporting that Republican Rick Berg has conceded his Senate race to Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota—a huge disappointment for conservatives looking to take back the red state and another brutal reminder that they struck out in the Senate.
Nov 7, 2012 2:03PM ET
The best moment on television Election Night was when Karl Rove picked a fight with the usually nameless and faceless Fox News guys who crunch the numbers and call the winners—and lost. Why'd he do that?