Vatican officials maintain that no church money ever funds war, but their newly appointed bank president has business ties to a warship builder.
The just-approved marriage between Penguin and Random House holds that beleaguered publishers will now be able to stand up to bookselling goliath Amazon. But a publishing consolidation might be exactly what Amazon wants.
Daniel Larison on Republicans holding up Hagel, Ruth Marcus on Ted Cruz, Geoffrey Till on Asia's "arms race," Paula Dwyer on merger mania, and William Finnegan on the GOP's immigration fix.
Discovered: Fake weed gave lots of people kidney damage last year; the FDA approves artificial sight for the blind; engineering tires from flowers; flushed anti-anxiety meds are making fish jittery.
Today, Pope Benedict XVI announced plans to live out his retirement "hidden from the world." That should come easy, considering how successful the Vatican has been at keeping secrets under wraps during his seven-year papacy.
The rapper's lyrics have always courted controversy, but his guest spot on an upcoming remix crossed the line with Epic Records.
Perhaps the English-speaking world's most influential contemporary philosopher of law, Dworkin will be remembered for upholding equality as the law's foremost guiding principle — and for being one of the most topical scholars of his time.
Gail Collins on preschool promises, Isaac Chotiner on Jonah Lehrer's profitable apology, Stan Chu Ilo on why the next pope should be African, Meghan Daum on Amazon's algorithms of love, and Jonathan Rue on what the U.S. owes its soldiers.
Discovered: Guppies strive to be the most attractive member of their friend group; the world's most popular painkiller greatly raises heart attack risk; sea slugs have "disposable" penises; skulls reveal violence inflicted upon Stone Age women.
Scientific hindsight shows that Google Flu Trends far overstated this year's flu season, raising questions about the accuracy of using a search engine, which Google and the media hyped as an efficient public health tool, to accurately monitor the flu.
The hosts of the Today show committed meme murder on Wednesday, and the viral dance craze died swiftly. It was one week old.
David Ignatius on Obama's optimistic State of the Union, Maureen Dowd on Rubio's response, James Hohmann on issues that should concern Democrats, Fred Kaplan on the President's vague foreign policy, and Simon Jenkins on the senselessness of sanctions.
Discovered: Conservatives prefer Kleenex® to tissues; relationship stress makes you susceptible to illness; gene therapy cures diabetes in dogs; warm weather can cloud the mind.
According to the terms of their settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the makers of Four Loko will have to label cans of their potent product with more alcohol information and make the lids resealable.
North Korea's latest show of nuclear might has many conservatives fuming over the Obama administration's supposed weakness on nuclear proliferation. But what exactly do they expect the President to do?
The last thing Coca-Cola needs right now, in the middle of their push to brand themselves as a health-conscious company, is someone dying from drinking too much Coke.
Peter Wensierski on the polarizing pope, Greg Sargent on Ted Nugent's friends in D.C., Sam Lagrone on looming Navy cuts, Jeffrey Toobin on vanishing Republicans, and Andrew Ross Sorkin on an elite LinkedIn.
Discovered: Last year was the worst shark attack year since 2000; underage drinkers are partial to Bud Light and Smirnoff; dogs understand us more than we thought; help name Pluto's new moons.
Should we be concerned that Ted Nugent — the paleo-rocker who said he'd be "dead or in jail" by this time if President Obama were reelected — is attending tomorrow's State of the Union address?
When President Obama delivers his address, he'll speak to a chamber attended by more than 20 Americans affected by gun violence. But one Sandy Hook widower won't be there.