Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 6, 2012 1:20PM ET
Herman Cain reportedly said on MSNBC that he would make an "unconventional" endorsement in the Republican race on Jan. 19, two days before the South Carolina primary.
Jan 6, 2012 11:46AM ET
The president addressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday, introducing its new chief, who he used a recess appointment to install, without addressing the controversial move.
Jan 6, 2012 10:08AM ET
In New Hampshire, Mitt Romney is looking like Gozer the Destructor, while his scrappy rivals for the Republican nomination are merely trying to make their looming losses a little more comfortable.
Jan 6, 2012 8:51AM ET
Jon Stewart looked at the high-pitched rhetoric over President Obama's recess appointments and compared the outrage over the relatively arcane and minor bureaucratic loophole with the complete lack of outrage over his more clear-cut expansions of presidential authority.
Jan 6, 2012 8:28AM ET
Cartoonist Nick Anderson shows us a Romney campaign loophole.
Jan 5, 2012 5:56PM ET
Political wisdom holds that Jon Huntsman's candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination cannot go on if he doesn't do well in the New Hampshire primary next week -- which means neither can his daughters' campaign for stardom.
Jan 5, 2012 5:24PM ET
A crowd of mostly college-aged students at a New Hampshire town hall booed Rick Santorum when he compared gay marriage to polygamy.
Jan 5, 2012 4:43PM ET
Today: Some shocking allegations against Jon Huntsman and some mild insult hurling at Mitt Romney.
Jan 5, 2012 3:07PM ET
When Rachel Maddow explains why MSNBC leans forward instead of left, she does it wearing hoodies.
Jan 5, 2012 2:53PM ET
Congress is really scaring the Internet lately, and California Republican Darrell Issa, one of the tech community's biggest proponents on the issue, is starting to catch flak for taking seemingly opportunistic approach to protecting the open web.
Jan 5, 2012 2:26PM ET
Rick Santorum protested for months that he couldn't get any media attention, but now that he's earned it with a near-tie for first place in the Iowa caucuses, he's learning attention isn't always so much fun.
Jan 5, 2012 2:25PM ET
Pot shots abound in the think tank world today following a report about a new right-wing advocacy group designed to rival the Center for American Progress's media arm Think Progress.
Jan 5, 2012 2:17PM ET
An email sent to the The Weekly Standard's list almost looks like a spoof of a hate-infused rant, but as far as we can tell, the conservative magazine helmed by Bill Kristol is fine with offering sponsors a platform for bigots.
Jan 5, 2012 12:29PM ET
To criticize President Obama, Mitt Romney has taken up a seemingly odd application of one of the Democrats' favorite attacks on George W. Bush.
Jan 5, 2012 11:46AM ET
Joseph Kennedy III, who you can probably guess is a member of that Kennedy family, wants to run for Barney Frank's vacated seat in Congress, reports The Boston Globe.
Jan 5, 2012 11:00AM ET
President Barack Obama spoke about the defense cuts announced Thursday, reiterated "strengthening our presence in the Asia Pacific while Defense Secretary Panetta spoke about our smaller, leaner force.
Jan 5, 2012 10:58AM ET
Congratulations to Mitt Romney on his narrow win in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. But don't give the former Massachusetts governor all the credit; after all, he couldn't have done it without a supporting cast of collapse-prone opponents, and one very valuable ally.
Jan 5, 2012 10:44AM ET
Like some American political pundits, an Irish bookmaker considers Monday's Iowa caucus results too close to call too, refunding $6,000 to bettors who chose barely second-place Rick Santorum.
Jan 5, 2012 10:39AM ET
New Hampshire voters have made the despicable decision to make it really clear who they're going to vote for a year, meaning South Carolina has to keep the Republican primary interesting all by itself.
Jan 5, 2012 9:49AM ET
Vint Cerf is ruffling nerds' feathers with his Thursday op-ed in The New York Times that claims in almost trollish fashion: "Internet Is Not a Human Right."
Jan 5, 2012 9:34AM ET
Four economists on finding consensus, Vinton Cerf on the right to the internet, Fareed Zakaria on Iran, Doyle McManus on the Tea Party, and John Steele Gordon on the history of negative campaigning.
Jan 5, 2012 8:59AM ET
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to unveil exactly how he's going to strike $450 billion off the U.S. defense budget today, and it involves cutting an estimated 80,000 troops over the next decade, The New York Times has learned.
Jan 5, 2012 6:13AM ET
Rick Santorum raised more than $1 million in the day after the Iowa caucus and has brought in more cash via online donations in last week then he did in the previous six months combined.
Jan 4, 2012 6:23PM ET
This campaign's version of Joe the Plumber appears to be an Army corporal and Ron Paul supporter named Jesse Thorsen, who has already found controversy as he's under investigation by the Army for violating protocol by campaigning in uniform.
Jan 4, 2012 6:05PM ET
Forget polls and fancy models: if you wanted to make a decent prediction of how the candidates would finish in Iowa, you would have done a decent job looking at how often the GOP candidates have been made fun of by late-night comedians.
Jan 4, 2012 5:39PM ET
The Atlantic's James Warren reminds us Richard Cordray, whom was just appointed as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, won Jeopardy! five times in 1987, which is not at all what Bloomberg meant by "Obama Nominees in Jeopardy After Cordray Appointment."
Jan 4, 2012 5:06PM ET
Newt Gingrich is absolutely furious that Mitt Romney was able to benefit from the negative campaigning tactics Gingrich pioneered in the 1990s without getting his hands dirty thanks to the Supreme Court decision that Gingrich supported!
Jan 4, 2012 3:25PM ET
President Obama announced he will use recess appointments to avoid Senate confirmation on three picks for the National Labor Relations Board, avoiding Republican blocks to his nominations.
Jan 4, 2012 2:47PM ET
Governor Chris Gregoire issued a commanding statement Wednesday about his plans to introduce a bill to legalize gay marriage in the state next week.
Jan 4, 2012 2:24PM ET
Defense cutbacks became less of a theory and more of a reality Wednesday, as Boeing announced the planned closure of one of its oldest airplane plants in Kansas and a separate report indicated a coming reduction of the Air Force's fleet.