Today's Five Best Columns
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May 17, 2012 9:52AM ET
Ron Paul supporters took over the Nevada GOP earlier this month, so Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee have opened dialogue with the libertarian about his philosophy and policy priorities. No, just kidding, they're pouring money into a "shadow state party" and trying to make the official party irrelevant.
May 17, 2012 9:32AM ET
Gustin Reichbach on medical marijuana, George Will on subsidized college loans, Ezra Klein on American decline, Michael Tomasky on Romney and the Tea Party, and E.J. Dionne on Romney's praise for Clinton
May 17, 2012 9:28AM ET
When he had to fight off competitors within his own party, Mitt Romney's campaign war chest was dwarfed by Barack Obama's, but now that he's the only Republican candidate, his April intake almost matched the president's.
May 17, 2012 8:37AM ET
Apparently, being a black, well-groomed version of one of America's most beloved presidents is a bad thing. And along with a lot of chickens and Reverend Jeremiah Wright--it's the skeleton of a conservative Super PAC's $10 million attack plan.
May 17, 2012 7:59AM ET
Cartoonist Tom Toles on the impending debt ceiling battle.
May 17, 2012 6:30AM ET
Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado is backing off comments he made last weekend, when he hinted at "birtherism" and said that President Obama is "in his heart... not an American."
May 16, 2012 7:06PM ET
A running narrative -- sometime prominent, other times latent -- in the 2012 election is Romney's Mormonism, and whether it might scare away many a good evangelical Republican from the voting booth.
May 16, 2012 6:09PM ET
President Obama has had a bad streak in polls after doing pretty well against Mitt Romney in April, and Republicans are looking strong in Wisconsin and Nebraska.
May 16, 2012 6:02PM ET
During an appearance on Howard Stern's Sirius XM show this week, Jimmy Kimmel said ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper steered him away from delivering a particularly edgy joke at this month's White House Correspondent's Association Dinner.
May 16, 2012 5:38PM ET
Discovered: Gaydar is 80 percent real, today's forest fires are different than ancient ones, baby galaxies grow up too fast, and the success gene is real.
May 16, 2012 5:18PM ET
Herman Cain really endorsed Mitt Romney Tuesday, though not without saying a number of embarrassing things, like "What Governor Romney did in Massachusetts, I does not care." It made us kinda miss the guy.
May 16, 2012 4:12PM ET
The last time House Speaker John Boehner hosted a nail-biting debt-ceiling fight, it didn't go so well for him. The Tea Partiers who wanted a fight thought he caved and everyone else thought the House Republicans looked reckless. But Boehner's figured out a better way to play brinksmanship: imagine you're fighting about the debt limit long before you have to.
May 16, 2012 2:15PM ET
Herman Cain hosted a somewhat random press conference Wednesday to announce (for the second time!) that he's endorsed Mitt Romney, a man who has no Republican competitors in his race for president.
May 16, 2012 1:18PM ET
Attempts by Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday to limit reporters' access to the presumptive GOP nominee provoked a litany of complaints from the reporters.
May 16, 2012 12:53PM ET
History will remember May 16, 2012 as a day the Internet felt cold and empty without one of its most prominent political journalists. That's because Politico's Mike Allen took his first day off in nearly three years.
May 16, 2012 11:49AM ET
It took a month and work from Forbes writer Edwin Durgy, but we now have the best estimate for just how rich Mitt Romney is: the wealth-counting magazine pegs the Republican presidential candidate's net worth at $230 million.
May 16, 2012 9:58AM ET
Meet the television star of the fledgling 2012 general election campaign: the sad sack.
May 16, 2012 9:50AM ET
Republicans want to win back a majority in the Senate in November, and one of their best chances of flipping a Democratic seat is now in the hands of a woman who wasn't backed by either establishment Republicans or Tea Party people.
May 16, 2012 9:11AM ET
In some not-so-good news for the Obama and his team, the president's reelection campaign announced today that it and the DNC raised just $43.6 million in April after raising $53 million in March.
May 15, 2012 4:52PM ET
Google Alerts didn't exist in 1997, but is it really possible Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren didn't know Harvard Law School was calling her the "first woman of color" it hired?
May 15, 2012 4:45PM ET
No, we don't think Barack Obama praised Jamie Dimon Tuesday simply because the president banks with him, but that's still where our mind went upon learning the president has a JPMorgan Chase checking account worth $500,000 to $1 million.
May 15, 2012 4:34PM ET
It's the second biggest George W. Bush endorsement of the day: The former president is now a cat person.
May 15, 2012 2:23PM ET
David Brooks argues that President Obama is doing better than you'd expect in polls given the state of the economy because he possesses a very specific type of manliness: "ESPN masculinity."
May 15, 2012 2:18PM ET
The two Air Force pilots who put their careers on the line to blow the whistle on the military's F-22 fleet on 60 Minutes will have their chance at vindication.
May 15, 2012 12:32PM ET
Mitt Romney received an endorsement from the other former President Bush — even if it was hastily delivered from behind the doors of a closing elevator.
May 15, 2012 11:56AM ET
We were prepared to laugh at James Lipton's advice to Mitt Romney about "being human," but the Inside the Acting Studio host actually makes a lot of sense.
May 15, 2012 11:29AM ET
On ABC's The View Tuesday, Obama made news by correctly answering a question about the Kardashians -- and people were impressed: how could the president possibly know about the Kardashians?! But the real question should be: has Obama ever not answered a pop culture question?
May 15, 2012 10:11AM ET
Americans think the economy is getting better, but they think that Romney could do a better job of handling it. So it's no suprise that in the last 24 hours three different ads have been released focusing on Romney's record at Bain Capital as a job destroyer.
May 15, 2012 8:42AM ET
He's long been officially ambivalent about the Defense of Marriage Act, but President Barack Obama made it clear in his remarks at a Ricky Martin-hosted fundraiser in New York Monday night that repealing DOMA is now a goal for him.
May 15, 2012 7:54AM ET
Cartoonist Lisa Benson isn't a fan of Tina Brown's latest cover.