Today's Five Best Columns
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Nov 22, 2013 2:03PM ET
The pattern we're now so familiar with — news event, faulty early reports, conflicting eyewitnesses, the inevitable conspiracy theory — began with the assassination of President Kennedy.
Nov 22, 2013 1:29PM ET
The White House extended two Obamacare enrollment deadlines on Friday, approving a one-month delay on the start of the Affordable Care Act's 2015 enrollment period, and slightly extending the deadline for plans starting on Jan. 1, 2014.
Nov 22, 2013 11:37AM ET
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option yesterday, changing a Senate rule to allow a simple majority vote on certain presidential nominations. Some analysts think hard feelings will lead to shutdown/debt crisis part two.
Nov 22, 2013 11:32AM ET
Bill de Blasio, who ran a successful campaign for New York mayor on a pretty strong anti-Bloomberg platform, wasn't really elected mayor because the city agreed with him, according to current New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Nov 22, 2013 10:55AM ET
Constitutional law expert Donald Trump will play host to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at one of the real estate mogul's insistently-named Trump buildings on Friday.
Nov 22, 2013 10:34AM ET
Thirty-eight percent of uninsured Americans have heard "nothing at all" about the health law exchanges, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Nov 22, 2013 10:11AM ET
For all of the melodrama preceding it, Thursday's Senate floor vote to change a rule and prevent filibusters on certain administration nominees wasn't very dramatic. What, then, does the change actually mean?
Nov 22, 2013 10:03AM ET
Alec MacGillis on nuking the filibuster, Greg Sargent on the long road to reform, Brian Beutler on Boehner's great Obamacare deal, Jonathan Chait on the GOP's flawed playbook, and Nicholas Dawidoff on how to save the NFL.
Nov 21, 2013 6:05PM ET
Rep Michele Bachmann took up adoption as a cause this month in a big way, with everything from a Buzzfeed community listicle to introducing a House resolution "promot[ing] national awareness of adoption."
Nov 21, 2013 5:55PM ET
The FCC, obviously tired of Americans' deep affection for the government, is considering permitting airlines to allow cell service — and, apparently, voice calls — on flights. Here's how this horrible idea will work.
Nov 21, 2013 4:06PM ET
With Friday's 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, there are fewer and fewer Americans who were alive at the time. In fact, only about a third of America's current population was alive on that day in 1963.
Nov 21, 2013 3:49PM ET
The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 was a pivotal point in American history, which is why historians, both amatuer and professional, often wonder what would have happened if that pivot had gone the other way?
Nov 21, 2013 2:18PM ET
Today three women will graduate today from Marine infantry training. They're the first women to pass the grunt test, which, at best, is described as "grueling."
Nov 21, 2013 1:44PM ET
A coalition of media organizations sent the White House an angry letter on Thursday, protesting the administration's apparent preference to block photojournalists from newsworthy events with the president, only to release "official" photos from Obama's own photographers after the fact.
Nov 21, 2013 1:20PM ET
The vice president of the United States walked from the White House to a nearby sandwich shop on Thursday, because it had sandwiches from Delaware.
Nov 21, 2013 11:33AM ET
Marco Rubio announced this morning he will not be voting for Yellen, who would be the first woman to chair the Fed.
Nov 21, 2013 10:57AM ET
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed that big red button launching the Democrats' nuclear attack against the United States Senate, ending the ability to filibuster judicial nominees on a 52 to 48 vote.
Nov 21, 2013 10:43AM ET
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles granted posthumous pardons to three of the Scottsboro Boys on Thursday.
Nov 21, 2013 10:41AM ET
After nearly two months, 400 hires and $3.8 million the Covered Oregon hasn't enrolled a single person in private health insurance. And, after being grilled on Wednesday by state lawmakers, Covered Oregon officials admitted that the exchange won't be functional until December 16, the day after the deadline to sign up for January 1 insurance
Nov 21, 2013 10:08AM ET
A document obtained by The Times outlines House Republicans' upcoming attacks on Obamacare, hoping to parlay a rocky month for the law into a permanent political advantage.
Nov 21, 2013 9:57AM ET
Erik Wemple on Politico's big business, Jonathan Chait on whether Mike Allen can be bought, Ann Friedman on the Cheney's family politics, Sean Trende on repealing Obamacare, and Morgan Whitaker on Oprah and racism.
Nov 21, 2013 8:51AM ET
Liz Cheney will likely enjoy the support of nearly everyone in her family in her Senate primary next year. The only known exception is her sister Mary, who told Politico she is "not supporting" the candidacy.
Nov 21, 2013 2:12AM ET
The United States and Afghanistan have finalized an agreement that would allow U.S. troops to remain in the latter country through 2024.
Nov 21, 2013 12:25AM ET
Florida Representative Trey Radel is taking a leave of absence after pleading guilty to cocaine possession late Wednesday night.
Nov 20, 2013 10:41PM ET
Before he took the job of Secretary of State, John Kerry interviewed seven of his predecessors, prompting him to declare an intention to be both D.C. manager and overseas world-changer.
Nov 20, 2013 6:13PM ET
Rep. Grace Meng was attacked and robbed about two blocks from the Capitol on Tuesday night — something Paul Ryan tried to warn people about back in 1998.
Nov 20, 2013 5:43PM ET
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn sat at Lincoln's desk as he signed the state's gay marriage bill into law on Wednesday, making the state the 16th in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Nov 20, 2013 3:59PM ET
There's just one more thing that people want explained: one of his new fitness consultants was convicted in the U.S. for steroid trafficking.
Nov 20, 2013 3:43PM ET
The National Security Agency has been explicitly collecting and analyzing information on British citizens, with that country's permission. Raising the question: Could British intelligence be surveilling us — with the NSA's permission?
Nov 20, 2013 1:45PM ET
The thing about Joe Biden is that he's not cool. On the occasion of the generally beloved vice president's 71st birthday, it's worth looking at what his popularity says about being cool in Washington. Spoiler: Being older helps.