Today's Five Best Columns
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Jun 6, 2012 3:01PM ET
Presidential campaigns are no longer just about the "boring white guys" running for office -- they're also an American Idol-style tryout for the aspiring media stars of the candidate's families.
Jun 6, 2012 12:41PM ET
Nancy Pelosi's open letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking him to work through next week's planned recess is basically political posturing, but the House minority leader has a point.
Jun 6, 2012 11:09AM ET
There is much punditocratic disagreement over what the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday night means for Gov. Scott Walker, President Obama, Democrats, and the general election. But there seems to be near universal agreement on one thing: Unions are toast.
Jun 6, 2012 9:58AM ET
For the second time in less than a month, Bill Clinton has undercut President Obama's re-election campaign by pushing policies that directly contradict Obama's stated positions.
Jun 6, 2012 9:47AM ET
A bleeding-heart liberal from one of the most wholesome states in the union slapped Tom Barrett in the face for conceding to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the recall election Tuesday night.
Jun 6, 2012 5:47AM ET
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker easily won his recall election last night, dealing a morale-killing blow to Democrats and labor union supporters.
Jun 5, 2012 6:38PM ET
When it comes to our view of Congress, we are the boy who cried "worthless."
Jun 5, 2012 4:58PM ET
Obesity Warrior Michelle Obama came out in support of Mayor Bloomberg's controversial ban on the sale of high volume sugary drinks, but she hedged it about as much as one can.
Jun 5, 2012 4:58PM ET
The most important election Tuesday is the vote to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but the funnest election is the California Republican Senate primary, where birther queen Orly Taitz has some chance of becoming an actual Republican nominee.
Jun 5, 2012 4:06PM ET
The Paycheck Fairness Act, supported by Democrats, failed to get the 60 votes it needed to get past a Republican block in the Senate, in what the A.P. is calling "a choreographed showdown."
Jun 5, 2012 1:05PM ET
In today's Poll Watch: The elite fantasy of a silent libertarian majority appreciative of success and yearning for the right David Brooksian candidate is a total delusion, as swing voters are just as populist as Democrats. Plus, white folks don't like Obamacare and middle income folks do like Mitt Romney.
Jun 5, 2012 12:53PM ET
How could we possibly be expected to handle work on a day like this? If The Atlantic Wire had its way, we wouldn't, for we've long advocated June 5 become officially designated Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Jun 5, 2012 10:18AM ET
President Barack Obama was joined by former President Bill Clinton at a trio of campaign fundraisers in New York Monday night, collecting at $3.6 million, according to The Associated Press, and offering these quotes in return.
Jun 5, 2012 10:02AM ET
Mitt Romney didn't just sign an individual health care mandate into law when he was governor of Massachusetts, he wanted to publicly shame companies who didn't provide insurance with a quarterly ad in the lamestream media.
Jun 5, 2012 9:44AM ET
Margaret Carlson on the Wisconsin recall, Rowena Xiaoqing He on Tiananmen, Ezra Klein on the Keynesian case for Romney, Alan Watson on the Queen's influence, and Jay Pasachoff on Venus's transit.
Jun 5, 2012 7:33AM ET
And cartoonist Tom Toles doesn't think it's doing much good.
Jun 5, 2012 5:58AM ET
For the third time in a week Mitt Romney's web team has goofed up on the spelling of a simple word, opening the door for a heroic copywriter to save Amer... ica.
Jun 4, 2012 5:44PM ET
The Republican National Committee and allied Super PACs have all made countless puns on "hope and change" at the expense of President Obama this election, but those with the true creative gift for Obama punnery are the the unpaid and unheralded anonymous trolls on news websites.
Jun 4, 2012 4:13PM ET
Herman Cain will get a nationally syndicated radio show next year, following in the footsteps of other terrible presidential candidates who became successful media stars.
Jun 4, 2012 3:47PM ET
Here we have the kind of story-as-bad-metaphor through which reporters can freely pretend to see whatever they want to see: a broken urinal soaked the press gallery at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
Jun 4, 2012 3:03PM ET
President Obama's campaign posted a video Monday urging voters not to freak out over a few bad polls, and yet it shows a map labeling Wisconsin, a blue state, as a toss-up.
Jun 4, 2012 1:56PM ET
Mitt Romney's graphics team misspelled (and randomly hyphenated) the words "sneak peek," typing "sneak-peak" instead, in a minor campaign graphic this weekend to the glee of snarky political watchers who fondly remember last week's little "Amercia" incident.
Jun 4, 2012 11:42AM ET
President Obama and the RNC debate whether Vogue editor Anna Wintour is a silly person., Obama attacks Mitt Romney's record as Massachusetts governor, and Karl Rove's Super PAC complains Obama is being too mean too early.
Jun 4, 2012 11:26AM ET
Sometimes "enhanced interrogation" doesn't feel like torture until you see it happening to someone you can relate to.
Jun 4, 2012 10:15AM ET
It is very clear how last week's bad jobs report will affect the presidential race. It is less clear how it will affect policy that could create jobs.
Jun 4, 2012 9:44AM ET
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's threat to let steep cuts hit the Pentagon seems to be working, as some staunchly anti-tax Republican Senators appear to be warming to revenue increases.
Jun 4, 2012 8:46AM ET
Cartoonist Tom Toles only believes in one of them.
Jun 3, 2012 1:56PM ET
A Romney campaign advisor says the former Governor supports the Paul Ryan budget; Ohio Governor John Kasich is scared unemployment in his state will rise; Krugman and Will make the case for Wisconsin.
Jun 1, 2012 6:06PM ET
Deftly demonstrating a "Friday news dump," Mitt Romney has released his financial disclosure records. He's doing just fine, financially speaking.
Jun 1, 2012 1:41PM ET
After accidentally insulting Poland earlier this week, President Barack Obama sent a letter of apology to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, and the pair are friends once more.