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Writers Must Read Newspaper Pundits  

Clark Benson
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These are columnists whose editorial opinions I find most interesting, whether or not I always agree.

Requirement: they must publish regularly, ideally once a week or more. This list is only loosely ranked; I find that people writing regular columns tend to be somewhat inconsistent for stretches at a time. Perhaps it is because they become more distracted when working on a book or doing heavy TV appearances or all the other distractions of being a "personal brand".
list ordered by

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Joel Stein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Must Read Newspaper Pundits
age 46

2
Ronald Brownstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Must Read Newspaper Pundits
Ronald Brownstein Best of the"serious" LA Times columnists (I love the LA Times but not for their columnists, with the other exception being the always-hilarious Joel Stein). I think he's writing for a national newsmag these days so is more infrequent on the editorial pages of my daily paper, sadly

3
Gail Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Must Read Newspaper Pundits
age 72

4
Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Must Read Newspaper Pundits
age 65

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Dan Savage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Must Read Newspaper Pundits
age 53 - Savage Love is very hit and miss but there's still nothing like it

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Thomas L. Friedman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Must Read Newspaper Pundits
age 64 - Sometimes reading him makes me feel like i'm being clubbed on the head with a tire iron, but when he's on, he's on. Really enjoyed "The World Is Flat".

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Frank Rich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Must Read Newspaper Pundits
age 68 - Always has a lot to say, usually on the mark. Haven't read in awhile though since he's gone from the NYT.