Today's Five Best Columns
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May 29, 2012 1:15PM ET
Every president inspires conspiracy theories, and there is no shortage of crazy stories involving President Obama. But every single one of them is conspicuously boring. Where's the sex? Or, if not sex, drugs? Violence? We'd even accept aliens.
May 29, 2012 12:19PM ET
In the long tribal dance between reporters and politicians we call the veepstakes, the latest way to make prospective vice presidential candidates squirm is to ask them about the vetting process.
May 29, 2012 12:10PM ET
Newark Mayor Cory Booker sure had a rough week last week and even though he has plenty of good to show for it, his controversial Meet the Press appearance caused enough strife in his own office that his communications director quit on Tuesday.
May 29, 2012 10:31AM ET
If Sheldon Adelson's name hasn't been on your news radar in a while, it's helpful to remember him as the guy who sunk millions of dollars into Newt Gingrich's presidential dreams. And today, as CBS's Laura Strickler notes, Romney is going to meet him.
May 29, 2012 9:49AM ET
Today in Ad Watch: President Obama's campaign says Mitt Romney's embrace of Donald Trump says something about his character, while Karl Rove's Super PAC says that while Bain Capital might be bad, Obama's "Wall Street games" are worse.
May 29, 2012 9:15AM ET
Joe Nocera on banking regulation, Bret Stephens on Iran negotiations, Ramesh Ponnuru on free trade, DeWayne Wickham on Mitt Romney's education plan, and Philip Gourevitch on intervention in Syria.
May 29, 2012 8:23AM ET
Cartoonist Tom Toles on the rebirth of birtherism.
May 28, 2012 4:00PM ET
Players: Donald Trump, billionaire businessman, amateur conservative commentator and champion of the birther movement; George Will, pulitzer-prize winning conservative commentator.
May 27, 2012 2:10PM ET
Rudy Giuliani thinks he's still running for the Republican nomination and attacked Mitt Romney's reputation as a job creator on State of the Union; John McCain attacked Obama's foreign policy record on Fox News Sunday.
May 25, 2012 5:53PM ET
Newark Mayor Cory Booker's gaffe -- when he said attacks on Mitt Romney's Bain Capital record were "nauseating" -- was probably not a gaffe at all. Let's assess how it all turned out.
May 25, 2012 5:10PM ET
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is proving himself to be a pretty handy politician as mayor of Chicago as you can see in this awesome photo, tweeted out by ABC News' Dan Lopez.
May 25, 2012 3:47PM ET
To understand the nature of birtherism, it helps to look at the case of another cultural phenomenon that has far outlasted the climate it evolved from -- Donald Trump.
May 25, 2012 11:49AM ET
Newt Gingrich will "debate" Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, his second big appearance on an NBC political show in less than a week.
May 25, 2012 11:05AM ET
Head's up, Mitt Romney or anyone who wants to attack the president today for smoking pot back way back when. The merry band of memesters at Buzzfeed are highlighting all the scenes of Barack Obama smoking pot in David Maraniss's new biography.
May 25, 2012 9:44AM ET
The economic theory advocating short-term public spending in a recession followed by boom time debt reduction is heretical in modern Republican parlance, but GOP lawmakers are making an exception when defense spending is at stake.
May 25, 2012 9:40AM ET
Lots of people have forgotten about the gaffes Mitt Romney made during the Republican primary—a gaffe, by definition, is amusing yet inconsequential—but Mitt Romney hasn't.
May 25, 2012 9:01AM ET
Those expecting such a spontaneous exchange with President Obama when he announced a seemingly impromptu Twitter Q&A on Thursday night were sorely disappointed to find the questions cherry-picked earlier by White House staff.
May 25, 2012 8:56AM ET
It's no surprise that Jeff Neely, the General Services Administration official hilariously photographed in a sky-high bubble bath before that embarrassingly expensive Las Vegas conference left the agency. But why did it take so long?
May 24, 2012 5:45PM ET
"What about the black mamba?" Chris Matthews asked on Hardball Thursday, making a snake mouth with his hand and jabbing it in Newt Gingrich's direction as he asked which snakes he liked best.
May 24, 2012 4:50PM ET
Washington's never-ending gender wars will not extend to the country's Nuclear Regulatory Commission thanks to the nomination of George Mason University professor Allison Macfarlane as chairman today.
May 24, 2012 4:04PM ET
Mitt Romney is shocked that President Obama has not publicly rejected an endorsement from a Castro -- not the Castro, as in Fidel, or even his brother, current Cuban president Raul -- but Mariela, Raul's daughter.
May 24, 2012 1:16PM ET
Every politician is forced to pretend to love regular-guy things, like food on a stick, while he's running for president, but for Newt Gingrich, it was clear this task was especially painful.
May 24, 2012 12:06PM ET
Ever since the Republican took over the House in 2010, Congressional Democrats have been out-maneuvered in almost every way. But now that's beginning to change as the Senate's top Democrat rallies his troops behind a plan to tame Republican maximalism.
May 24, 2012 11:52AM ET
"How Did Wisconsin Become the Most Politically Divisive Place in America?" asks The New York Times Magazine's Dan Kaufman this weekend. In two words: Scott Walker.
May 24, 2012 11:29AM ET
It has become clear that the Super PAC is perfectly designed to extract money from rich guys with bad ideas, and so it's only natural that Donald Trump, a very rich guy with some of the most famously terrible ideas, is looking to start one.
May 24, 2012 9:31AM ET
Mitt Romney has said if Republicans don't get more popular among Latinos, they're "doomed." So far, he's still not too popular.
May 23, 2012 6:08PM ET
The New York Times's Jackie Calmes has a great story about an "aw"-inducing photo that's hangs in the White House's West Wing showing President Obama leaning over to allow a 5-year-old boy to touch his hair.
May 23, 2012 4:30PM ET
Colin Powell said on CNN Wednesday that he had "no problem" with gay marriage, but after a week of talk show appearances he's made it clear he's still not ready to back its latest champion, Barack Obama.
May 23, 2012 4:21PM ET
A very gross magazine spread featuring a crude Photoshop of conservative commentator S.E. Cupp in Hustler magazine has provided everyone with occasion to point out that you cannot say crude things about women, regardless of their politics.
May 23, 2012 3:19PM ET
President Obama called for a new "American century" -- then repeated the phrase seven more times -- in his commencement address to graduates of the Air Force Academy Wednesday. But Romney and Obama have been fighting over who's the forward-looking American optimist and who's the un-American defeatist for months.