Today's Five Best Columns
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Dec 11, 2013 1:23PM ET
If you haven't yet completed your Christmas/Solstice shopping, you're probably considering getting a loved one the opportunity to spend a week on an unescapable cruise ship being talked at by professional talker-atters about politics.
Dec 11, 2013 12:55PM ET
On Tuesday, America had a collective red-faced meltdown after President Obama was spotted on camera shaking hands with Cuban leader Raul Castro. But the baby steps towards turning America into a communist paradise had already begun.
Dec 11, 2013 12:15PM ET
Ryan Loskarn, chief of staff to Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, is being investigated by law enforcment regarding allegations involving child pornography.
Dec 11, 2013 12:00PM ET
Let's be real: no one, let alone President Obama or the international woman of mystery that is Danish prime minister "Gucci" Helle Thorning-Schmidt, is begging for selfie with David Cameron.
Dec 11, 2013 11:13AM ET
Since January 1, states have passed over 100 new laws dealing with gun ownership — about two-thirds of which loosen restrictions, thanks largely to new laws in Republican states.
Dec 11, 2013 10:51AM ET
Nearly 260,000 Americans enrolled in private health insurance plans through the federal and state-run exchanges in November, according to the latest Obamacare numbers.
Dec 11, 2013 9:53AM ET
Heather Barr on Afghanistan's women, Sean Sullivan on Obamacare's cost for Obama, Maria Konnikova says snoozers are losers, Alec MacGillis thinks Obama should talk about inequality, and Kevin Roose on the Volcker Rule.
Dec 11, 2013 9:53AM ET
Marvel of marvels, Congressional leaders reached agreement on a compromise budget package ahead of schedule. Here's your 30-second, sound-smart-at-the-holiday-party guide to what's in it.
Dec 11, 2013 9:37AM ET
While America wondered just how mad Michelle was with Barack after selfiegate (not mad at all, apparently), the Danish papers had their own field day with Helle Thorning-Schmidt. But first, they wondered why it took the world long to recognize her.
Dec 11, 2013 9:14AM ET
The photographer who snapped the President Obama's selfie has penned a blog post explaining that President Obama and his prime minister pals weren't committing a grave offense when the three of them decided to act like 16-year-olds and mug for a selfie.
Dec 11, 2013 8:12AM ET
President Obama, former President George W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton all shared a 16-hour flight on Air Force One to South Africa on Monday and at one wonderful point, the former president went full dad and showed off his now-famous paintings to some very important people.
Dec 10, 2013 6:31PM ET
Congressional negotiators reached a deal on the budget on Tuesday, days ahead of a December 13th deadline.
Dec 10, 2013 6:09PM ET
Three polls released on Tuesday show President Obama doing better / doing worse / doing much worse than he was in previous surveys, which should lead to some relief / alarm / panic in the White House.
Dec 10, 2013 5:27PM ET
Ronald Reagan-lovers and conservatives are upset, and maybe a little heart broken, after an effort to name an obscure Nevada mountain after the 40th president was derailed.
Dec 10, 2013 4:41PM ET
Congratulations to conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, who sold her look-what-liberals-said-on-Twitter site Twitchy.com to the same company that she sold HotAir.com to in 2010.
Dec 10, 2013 3:34PM ET
There is now a preponderance of evidence to suggest that maybe — just maybe, with an infinitesimally small chance of happening — that President Obama will suddenly release secret files proving that aliens exist.
Dec 10, 2013 3:03PM ET
Federal government offices in Washington shut down Tuesday because of a snowstorm that basically didn't happen. America, you should be embarrassed.
Dec 10, 2013 2:38PM ET
At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela today, Michelle Obama was photographed looking not amused with her husband and his friendly relationship with the very pretty Prime Minister from Denmark, so much so that she may have switched seats with him.
Dec 10, 2013 1:51PM ET
The internet, having nothing else to do, is very excited about President Obama having taken a selfie at the Nelson Mandela memorial service today. But he did not take a selfie.
Dec 10, 2013 1:35PM ET
Congress made a mad dash for Obamacare on Monday to meet their deadline for signing up for health insurance, and took to Twitter to vent about it.
Dec 10, 2013 12:55PM ET
Uruguay’s senate is set to pass an historic bill (link in Spanish) today that will make the country the world’s first to legalize marijuana.
Dec 10, 2013 12:17PM ET
Rep. Steve Stockman declared his intention on Monday to challenge Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn in next year's Texas primary, offering a choice between a conservative Republican who says extreme things and Steve Stockman.
Dec 10, 2013 11:22AM ET
Not content with embarrassing America by shaking hands with Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's funeral memorial, President Obama also took time to take a dorky (tacky?) selfie with his prime minister pals David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
Dec 10, 2013 10:53AM ET
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie high school pal is accused of severely disrupting traffic in one town in an act of political retribution.
Dec 10, 2013 9:46AM ET
Jonathan Cohn on Obamacare's redistribution, Jonathan Chait on the GOP's subsidies for the wealthy, Ilyse Hogue on Mandela the feminist, Ben Jacobs on Rep. Steve Stockman, and Brian Beutler on the emerging budget deal.
Dec 10, 2013 9:07AM ET
With no Florida campaigns in his future, President Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz at the Nelson Mandela memorial service this morning, setting off an entirely predictable response.
Dec 10, 2013 2:35AM ET
President Barack Obama delivered a stirring address as thousands came out in the pouring rain to honor Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dec 9, 2013 6:31PM ET
Facebook researchers dove into the data of those red equals sign profile pictures on Monday, and found one surprising area that particularly loved their pro-gay rights message: Missoula, Montana.
Dec 9, 2013 6:25PM ET
Congratulations to 2008 and 2012 also-rans Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, both of whom will be the subjects of upcoming TV/Netflix shows, one of which looks like it might be the best of this rapidly-growing genre.
Dec 9, 2013 5:09PM ET
According to a new study, the 2008-2009 auto bailouts saved 1.5 million jobs in the auto industry — meaning that each job cost the country less than $12,000 since 2009.