Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 3, 2012 10:40AM ET
Newton N. Minow on debates, Dana Milbank on zingers, Peter Orszag on progressive entitlements, Michael Kinsley on gaffes, and Josh Ozersky on meat supply.
Oct 3, 2012 9:48AM ET
Imagine having all the downsides of Big Brother, but with none of the benefits: That's what you get with the Department of Homeland Security's vast network of "fusion" centers, according to a damning new report by the Senate's bipartisan Subcommittee on Investigations.
Oct 3, 2012 8:23AM ET
The polling guru tells us the sources he loves and what he hates most about punditry.
Oct 2, 2012 10:16PM ET
If you spent any time looking at Twitter on Tuesday night, your eyeballs are probably bleeding a little bit from the onslaught of hype and sensationalism surrounding a five-year-old video of Barack Obama talking about not much.
Oct 2, 2012 7:51PM ET
Conservative blogger and general muckraker Matt Drudge has been trumpeting an Obama video to air on Fox News tonight that would change the face of the election. Turns out, it's a five year old video of a speech that's been online the whole time.
Oct 2, 2012 5:33PM ET
The Obama Phone is a perfect example of the combustible mix of deregulation, lobbyists, and clever marketers: a more efficient system that's also expensive and wasteful.
Oct 2, 2012 4:57PM ET
The real story about race in this election is not that racism might hurt President Obama, but that it might help him, The Washington Post's George Will writes.
Oct 2, 2012 1:49PM ET
Obama's lead with women voters explains his national poll lead, McCaskill is up by just 1 point in her Missouri Senate race, and Obama is up by a whopping 11 points in a new poll out of Nevada. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Oct 2, 2012 10:56AM ET
Mitt Romney said he would not deport the young illegal immigrants allowed to stay in the U.S. after President Obama's executive order in June -- and promised he would pass immigration reform -- in an interview with the Denver Post.
Oct 2, 2012 10:43AM ET
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson has postponed Pennsylvania's controversial and restrictive voter identification law and ruled the the measure will not go into full effect until next year.
Oct 2, 2012 10:36AM ET
Eugene Robinson on which Mitt will debate, Todd Moss on Obama's Africa failure, Roger Lowenstein on high-frequency trading, Jeffrey Goldberg on Obama's Middle East policy, and Mallory Factor on public union "official time."
Oct 2, 2012 9:42AM ET
It's a grim morning of news from the Afghan war. While hopes are fading for a peace deal with the Taliban, deadly "insider" attacks threaten to force an early retreat of NATO forces before 2014.
Oct 2, 2012 9:20AM ET
Creed frontman Scott Stapp is "disappointed" in President Obama and won't vote for him, he tells Fox News.
Oct 2, 2012 9:15AM ET
Former campaign staffers for Sen. John McCain's failed presidential run have told The New York Times Magazine's Robert Draper that Mitt Romney was in the same room with them almost four years ago during of the discussion the financial crisis which led to McCain deciding to suspend his campaign and return to Washington. And he wasn't much help.
Oct 2, 2012 8:32AM ET
The first debate airs this Wednesday, and last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart looked at how the two camps are prepping.
Oct 2, 2012 8:26AM ET
The New York Times reports that a group of Senators are quietly angling for a deal to avert mandatory government spending cuts in January, but liberal economic cheerleader Paul Krugman already sees the negotiation as an inevitable Democratic surrender.
Oct 1, 2012 10:52PM ET
Sen. Scott Brown had a hard time hiding his contempt for challenger Elizabeth Warren at their second debate in Lowell, Massachusetts on Monday evening.
Oct 1, 2012 8:00PM ET
Today, Elspeth Reeve noted that even the campaigns are treating the upcoming presidential debates as little more than a reality show. Why can't we just watch kittens instead, asks one commenter.
Oct 1, 2012 5:30PM ET
Today in Poll Watch: Hey, it looks like this race might be tight again -- Romney's lead is growing among independents, and Elizabeth Warren's ahead in Massachusetts.
Oct 1, 2012 2:32PM ET
It's difficult to understate the importance of Lockheed Martin's latest announcement on the race for the White House: the defense contractor said on Monday it will not be issuing employee layoff notices to 123,000 workers on Nov. 2—just four days before the presidential election.
Oct 1, 2012 12:36PM ET
The candidates, campaigns, and pundits have dropped any pretense that the first presidential debate will be anything more than a reality show in which President Obama and Mitt Romney are competing to see who can avoid looking stupid -- not saying something stupid -- on TV.
Oct 1, 2012 12:31PM ET
Both liberals and conservatives are criticizing President Obama's handling of the U.S. consulate attacks in Libya, so why isn't the Romney campaign? The answer is Stuart Stevens, the Romney campaign's embattled chief strategist.
Oct 1, 2012 12:07PM ET
Ikea's Saudi Arabian catalogue looks like any other Ikea catalogue—weird beds with names you can't pronounce, merchandise that looks way better in photos than it will in your living room—except for one thing: there are no women.
Oct 1, 2012 10:22AM ET
There is dissent in the ranks of the Mitt Romney campaign over whether the candidate should pivot to foreign policy, given President Obama's lead in polls despite voter dissatisfaction with his handling of the economy.
Oct 1, 2012 9:44AM ET
Tariq Ramadan on Arab democracy, William D. Cohan on the SEC's craziness, Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor Jr. on affirmative action, Howard Kurtz on Romney's negative narrative, and Noah Feldman on human rights law.
Sep 30, 2012 4:28PM ET
For weeks -- weeks! -- we've waited with bated breath to see who Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez would endorse in the American presidential race. We finally have our answer.
Sep 30, 2012 2:43PM ET
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pulls triple duty -- appearing on Face the Nation, This Week, and Meet the Press -- to tell the whole world how he thinks Wednesday night's debate is going to change the face of the election forever.
Sep 29, 2012 1:20PM ET
The rehabilitation of Todd Akin has been steadily moving along this week. One of the leaders of the renewed interest in Akin, Sen. Jim DeMint, is one of four prominent Republicans hosting a lunch for the Missouri Senate candidate in Washington this week.
Sep 29, 2012 12:36PM ET
Mitt Romney's jokes can be misunderstood sometimes, so he's working to refine his craft before the first Presidential debate of the season.
Sep 28, 2012 8:03PM ET
Yesterday we asked "How Racist Is the Obama Phone Video?" It turns out that we didn't just need to explain the degree of the racism, but whether it was racist at all. Okay, here goes.