08.26.11

This Week’s Best Reads

From Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s not-so-subtle crusade to end to Obamacare to tennis’s fiercely intimate rivalries, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

Partners
Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker

Will Clarence and Virginia Thomas succeed in killing Obama’s health-care plan?

The Accomplice
Philippe Sands, Vanity Fair

Saif Qaddafi may claim that he was merely an intermediary in Libya, or a force for moderation, or perhaps even a victim. But whatever the claims, the prosecutor who may decide his fate says he was deeply complicit in his father’s crackdown this year.

Israel, Land of Oil and Money
Joshua Hammer, Fast Company

Israel may be the world’s next energy superpower. But is this good for the Jews?

The Fierce Intimacy of Tennis Rivalries
Gerald Marzorati, New York Times Magazine

Why they’re the most intense in all of sports.

The Mystery of the Double Eagle
Susan Berfield, Bloomberg Businessweek

How did a Philadelphia family get hold of $40 million in gold coins, and why has the Secret Service been chasing them for 70 years?

Tell
Chris Heath, GQ

As "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" comes to an end, Chris Heath interviews dozens of gay servicemen from the past and present to find out what life was really like as America’s military struggled with its last great identity crisis.