Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 29, 2012 12:29PM ET
Who has the most to gain from Sandy, President Obama or Mitt Romney? There are so many competing hypotheses it's hard to keep them straight. Here's our guide to them:
Oct 29, 2012 10:29AM ET
Bill Keller on "no agenda" myth, Michael Hiltzik on high taxes and millionaires, Thomas B. Edsall on rogue billionaires, Brian Lee Crowley on U.S. and Canada, and Jeffrey Toobin on the right to vote.
Oct 29, 2012 9:42AM ET
The New York Times' Nate Silver has created a model to predict the outcome of the presidential election that's watched by just about every pundit, and yet Silver's model refuses to perfectly reflect the conventional wisdom spouted by just about every pundit. The pundits do not like this!
Oct 29, 2012 9:15AM ET
Documents found in a meth house in Colorado offer a rare glimpse into the world of dark money, showing how Western Tradition Partnership appealed to donors, interacted with candidates and helped shape their election efforts.
Oct 29, 2012 9:12AM ET
Mitt Romney established a tax shelter in 1996 that allows him to take advantage of the tax-free status of a charity without actually giving much to the charity at all.
Oct 29, 2012 9:07AM ET
President Obama has decided to fly back to Washington today and will have to skip out on a campaign event in Orlando. But fear not, those Orlando Democrats are in good hands—Bill Clinton will take over.
Oct 28, 2012 9:32PM ET
With nine days to go until Election Day, political satirists are doing everything they can to squeeze every last laugh out of the campaigns, but Mitt Romney refuses to be the butt of anybody's joke.
Oct 28, 2012 3:04PM ET
Campaign aides used their appearances on the Sunday talk shows to fight over who is more confident they're going to win in Ohio next week, while Republicans come to the defense of Richard Mourdock.
Oct 27, 2012 2:36PM ET
If it wasn't already obvious that things are heating up in Ohio, well, this will certainly convince you. Buzzfeed's Zeke Miller had the brilliant idea of asking each campaign to annotate their opponents voting memo distributed in the Buckeye state.
Oct 27, 2012 12:19PM ET
What does it take to take down the 72-year-old Senate majority leader Harry Reid?
Oct 26, 2012 6:48PM ET
Vice tried to pull a fast one on the Internet today with their post "Is This Obama's Kenyan Birth Video?" It wasn't, obviously, and Wire commenters pointed out a bunch of dead give-aways.
Oct 26, 2012 6:16PM ET
President Obama and Mitt Romney will raise $1 billion each this election. They will spend almost all of it. It is impossible not to wonder, when contemplating $2 billion blown on ads that blare at empty rooms while people get snacks from the kitchen, why didn't the campaigns just buy us all presents instead.
Oct 26, 2012 4:20PM ET
Today in Poll Watch: Internal polls from both sides present conflicting but not-pretty pictures for Richard Mourdock in Indiana, Colorado is neck-and-neck in the presidential race, and tracking polls conflict again.
Oct 26, 2012 2:47PM ET
Right now, the conventional wisdom says that there are just nine states that might go either way on Nov. 6, meaning that if the other 41 states go the way they're supposed to, there are exactly (and only) 512 possible outcomes and Obama wins re-election in 84.2 percent of them.
Oct 26, 2012 2:17PM ET
The most amazingly, entertainingly fake video of a fake Barack Obama being born -- featuring a baby that is all cleaned up and looks about three months old -- to a fake Ann Dunham in a fake Kenyan hospital has been leaked to Vice because, wait for it, the leaker couldn't get in touch with Donald Trump.
Oct 26, 2012 2:08PM ET
With Ohio now the make it or break it state in the presidential race, its citizens are being inundated with propaganda: in fact, Julie Bykowicz of Bloomberg News reports that watching all of the presidential advertisements that aired in Ohio in the past month would take 80 days nonstop.
Oct 26, 2012 1:21PM ET
There's another big fat storm coming towards the Northeast, and of course it has political implications. What will Hurricane Sandy, aka the Snor'eastercane and Frankenstorm, do to the presidential race? And the liberal media?
Oct 26, 2012 12:36PM ET
As the outrage train over Lena Dunham's Obama ad rolls on, Eric Kleefeld at Talking Points Memo dug up something that might confuse disgusted conservatives: Ronald Reagan also made a voting as first sexual experience joke, and his was dirtier.
Oct 26, 2012 12:33PM ET
If there's no such thing as bad publicity, the National Geographic Channel's decision to premiere an action film about the killing of Osama bin Laden two days before the election was a stroke of marketing genius.
Oct 26, 2012 10:32AM ET
With national and many state polls showing President Obama and Mitt Romney in a very close race, both campaigns are arguing that the polls are concealing their strength.
Oct 26, 2012 10:31AM ET
Roger Cohen on self-absorbed foreign policy, Eugene Robinson on America's identity, Jonathan Cohn on the auto bailout, David Brooks on being moderate, and Evan Osnos on China's corruption.
Oct 26, 2012 9:07AM ET
The costliest presidential race in U.S. history has a new milestone: President Obama and his allies have cracked the billion-dollar barrier, according to separate analyses of federal campaign filings by Reuters and Politico.
Oct 26, 2012 9:06AM ET
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan doesn't like that Obama uses the government to pick which industries win and which industries lose, and Jon Stewart looked at just why it's a problem last night on The Daily Show.
Oct 25, 2012 11:38PM ET
John Sununu's appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight took an ugly turn when the normally unflappable Romney surrogate John Sununu said that Colin Powell only endorsed Barack Obama because they're both black.
Oct 25, 2012 11:09PM ET
In order to make sure the Romney campaign could aggressively go after your abused attention span during the last month of the election, Sheldon Adelson led a pack of millionaire super friends to donate a record amount of money to Romney's super PAC in the first three weeks of October.
Oct 25, 2012 9:38PM ET
President Obama teamed up with the most divisive 26-year-old in the world to make a suggestive ad encouraging young people to vote, but it seems to have upset some old conservative men on Twitter.
Oct 25, 2012 5:56PM ET
Today in Poll Watch: Two polls have contradictory results on whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is winning women, Romney has a big leg up with white voters, and PPP shows everything all tied up in North Carolina.
Oct 25, 2012 5:47PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Oct 25, 2012 5:24PM ET
To judge by just the headlines from the last few months, you'd think our election was not taking place in enlightened America, where women have been able to vote almost 100 years, but in some distant country that's still struggling with the idea that you should punish rapists, not rape victims.
Oct 25, 2012 4:34PM ET
This morning, Politico's Mike Allen gave us a slice of an upcoming Rolling Stone article in which Obama explained why kids like him over Romney. Within hours, Obama adviser David Pfeiffer was on the trail, giving the glossed-over version of quote to reporters.