Today's Five Best Columns
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Jul 23, 2012 9:43AM ET
We are running out of ways to not get Mitt Romney's emails. Just as his emails from his years as Massachusetts governor have disappeared — his staff removed the messages from the server — the emails from the years he spent running the Salt Lake City Olympics appear to be lost, too.
Jul 22, 2012 2:30PM ET
After the Aurora tragedy, guests debate whether new gun control laws are the answer, or if we should be focusing on expanding our understanding of mental health problems.
Jul 21, 2012 6:04PM ET
The world of campaign finance can be confusing, so we've spent our afternoon making sense of breathless summer election reports to explain what, exactly, is happening with the Romney and Obama campaign bank accounts.
Jul 20, 2012 5:24PM ET
Former President George W. Bush, for the second election in a row, won't be attending the Republican National Convention, a move that makes sense if you imagine that he probably wanted to attend about as much as the Romney campaign wanted to have him there.
Jul 20, 2012 5:03PM ET
Elspeth Reeve's post about Mitt Romney's post-retroactive retirement activities featured a photo from one of the candidate's campaign stops. One commenter noticed that a man in the background looked less than captivated by Romney's speech.
Jul 20, 2012 3:08PM ET
Obama leads in Washington, Nevada, and Wisconsin, where a small majority of voters think gay marriage should be illegal. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Jul 20, 2012 1:57PM ET
President Obama and Mitt Romney were both scheduled to talk about how terrible each other are this Friday, but then an actual terrible thing happened.
Jul 20, 2012 1:02PM ET
Hours after the tragic shooting deaths in Aurora, Colorado advocates on both sides of the gun control debate began reciting the same talking points they've reiterated for years.
Jul 20, 2012 11:19AM ET
Mitt Romney has said he doesn't recall attending Bain board meetings after he took a leave of absence on February 11, 1999, to run the 2002 Winter Olympics, but on Friday, the Boston Globe's Beth Healy and Michael Kranish report that he attended a Palm Beach meeting to celebrate the firms 15th anniversary after he'd already left for Salt Lake.
Jul 20, 2012 9:57AM ET
Republican leaders have recently tried to back away slowly from the Tea Partying style that defined the party during its primary, and that has been complicated by Michele Bachmann's charge that Huma Abedin must be investigated for the "potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration" of the Obama administration.
Jul 20, 2012 8:47AM ET
Even though DirecTV and Viacom have made a truce and some 20 million customers will finally get to watch The Daily Show, DirecTV Executive Vice President Derek Chang wants you to remember one thing: this was all Viacom's fault.
Jul 20, 2012 8:44AM ET
While reporters grilled accountants to speculate about what might be in the tax returns Mitt Romney refuses to release, Jon Stewart at The Daily Show already knows: Romney found unique ways to store money he couldn't put in offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, and that island from Lost.
Jul 19, 2012 4:24PM ET
Republican voters like the idea of Condi for VP, Mitt should release tax returns, the economy is important to people, and deadlocked in Virginia. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Jul 19, 2012 4:20PM ET
President Obama's campaign says Mitt Romney took the president's words out of context, Romney says Obama hates business, and a red-state Democrat starts airing ads against all three of her potential opponents before the primary is even over.
Jul 19, 2012 1:30PM ET
Speaker of the House John Boehner has become the latest high-profile Republican to denounce Michele Bachmann's "pretty dangerous" accusations that Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff and Anthony Weiner's wife, has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Jul 19, 2012 12:19PM ET
Did you know the Pentagon spends $80 million a year on NASCAR sponsorships, ultimate cage fighting, bass fishing tournaments and other sports?
Jul 19, 2012 10:19AM ET
Mitt Romney is slowly getting more in touch with what's happening on the conservative Internet, releasing a new ad Thursday based on something that blew up on the blogs a week ago: President Obama saying "If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that."
Jul 18, 2012 11:32PM ET
Antonin Scalia says he's BFF with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he didn't have a falling out with John Roberts, he doesn't think Roe vs. Wade makes sense and how he thinks SuperPACs bring more free speech on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight.
Jul 18, 2012 6:36PM ET
By only releasing one year of tax returns, Mitt Romney has done something really fun: given us a mystery to solve!
Jul 18, 2012 6:17PM ET
If Mitt Romney won't defend capitalism and those who've thrived in it, who will?
Jul 18, 2012 3:32PM ET
Mitt Romney is giving a town hall in Bowling Green, Ohio, and in response to a woman's assertion that President Obama is a "monster," Romney replied, "That's not the term I would use."
Jul 18, 2012 1:40PM ET
Mitt better pick carefully, New Hampshire is tight, and New Jersey is blue. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Jul 18, 2012 1:34PM ET
John McCain gave a pretty forceful floor speech Wednesday morning in defense of Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff (and Anthony Weiner's wife), whom a few House Republicans have suggested is part of a Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the American government.
Jul 18, 2012 11:36AM ET
Today in Ad Watch: President Obama and Democrats continue attacking Mitt Romney on his taxes and his fancy horse, while Romney and Republicans attack Obama on wasted stimulus money.
Jul 18, 2012 10:51AM ET
Conservatives wonder: If Mitt Romney won't make the case for their policies, won't he, at the very least, bash President Obama in the way John McCain refused to do in 2008? For today at least, the Romney campaign answers: Yes!
Jul 18, 2012 10:08AM ET
The next act in the political kabuki of Mitt Romney choosing a running mate will be the timing of the candidate's announcement, and while his aides have said he could announce this week, the latest speculation is that he'll wait until after the Olympics.
Jul 18, 2012 8:56AM ET
Just what the "Will he or won't he?" story about the political comeback of Anthony Weiner needs: a warm and fuzzy interview with People, complete with cute baby, and n non-denial denial about planning a 2013 run for New York City mayor.
Jul 17, 2012 10:05PM ET
We still don't know who Mitt Romney is going to choose to be his running mate yet, but the one thing we can be pretty sure of is his choice won't inspire the same kind of fundraising spike that Sarah Palin brought the McCain campaign. Bobby Jindal could be the exception, though.
Jul 17, 2012 7:03PM ET
The chorus of conservatives calling for Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns has grown from being mostly those with an ax to grind to elected officials and the conservative establishment.
Jul 17, 2012 6:13PM ET
John Sununu backpedaled from his attack on Barack Obama as not American enough Tuesday, apologizing for insulting the president: "I made a mistake. I shouldn't have used those words, and I apologize for using those words."