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"The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal," by Katherine Evan for Fortune, is an investigation into how the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives became accused of intentionally allowing American firearms to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Here's an excerpt:

Voth grew deeply frustrated. In August 2010, after the ATF in Texas confiscated 80 guns -- 63 of them purchased in Arizona by the Fast and Furious suspects -- Voth got an e-mail from a colleague there: "Are you all planning to stop some of these guys any time soon? That's a lot of guns… Are you just letting these guns walk?" Voth responded with barely suppressed rage: "Have I offended you in some way? Because I am very offended by your e-mail. Define walk? Without Probable Cause and concurrence from the USAO [U.S. Attorney's Office] it is highway robbery if we take someone's property." He then recounted the situation with the unemployed suspect who had bought the sniper rifle. "We conducted a field interview and after calling the AUSA [assistant U.S. Attorney] he said we did not have sufficient PC [probable cause] to take the firearm so our suspect drove home with said firearm in his car…any ideas on how we could not let that firearm 'walk'?"

Wow.

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As any working mom can attest, academic and State Department consultant Anne-Marie Slaughter is certainly on to something when she makes the case that feminists sold women a load of BS when it comes to having it all.

From the July/August issue of The Atlantic:

It's time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here's what has to change.

 

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In "In the Ruins of a Blue and White Empire," Esquire goes behind the mess that disgraced Joe Paterno: "This is the tale of two sons. One who told a story that brought down a kingdom. The other who will never finish rebuilding it."

[thefeature]

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In 2008 it was all about hope. Four years later, the Obama team is campaigning on fear.

At least according to John Heilemann in this week's New York.

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Comic book writer and novelist Greg Rucka (Stumptown, Queen and Country) answers a frequently asked question in an incisive essay for io9 titled "Why I Write 'Strong Female Characters'".

The entire piece is well worth a read, but here's the key passage:

Writers don't write Men or Women or Dogs or Salmon. Writers write characters, and at our best, if we do it well and with care and with thought, we invest in those characters a spark of life, a realism and nuance that makes them believable and relatable.

Rucka also questions why journalists don't tend to ask female writers how they write "strong female characters," and why more male writers don't do the research about their female characters, the way they would with any other character whose experience differs from their own.

[io9]

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Carlos DeLuna was convicted of murdering Wanda Lopez in a February 1983 robbery in Corpus Christi.

DeLuna was executed by lethal injection in December 1989.

DeLuna was innocent.

[atlantic]

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You needn't know anything about horses, nor horse racing, nor even the damn Kentucky Derby to get sucked into "Breakdown," a horrifying New York Times investigation into horse injuries and deaths at race tracks across America.

Award-winning reporters Joe Drape and Walt Bogdanich spent months analyzing three years of race reports -- 150,000 in all -- and their findings, laid bare in the ongoing, multi-story series, have prompted at least one state to take a closer look at its lack of law and order regarding horse doping.

Not to be missed.

[nyt]