01.07.12 9:45 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for Jan. 7, 2012
How Many Stephen Colberts Are There?
Charles McGrath, New York Times Magazine
A suburban dad. A fictional television blowhard. And now a political money launderer. How one funny guy became three.
The Meaning of Mitt
Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, Vanity Fair
Digging into Mitt Romney’s record as a Mormon leader, his business deals at Bain Capital, and that infamous car trip with the family dog strapped to the roof, the authors pierce the Mitt bubble to find that the contradictions, question marks, and ambivalence go deeper than his politics.
Eliza Gray, The New Republic
Did a famed connoisseur of political memorabilia commit an audacious crime?
How the CIA Screws Up
Paul R. Pillar, Foreign Policy
I served in the CIA for 28 years and I can tell you: America's screw-ups come from bad leaders, not lousy spies.
Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker
Newt Gingrich’s return.
Yes We Can (Can’t We?)
Andrew Romano, Newsweek
While the GOP votes, team Obama is crafting a juggernaut. Andrew Romano talks to top advisers about their 2012 strategy—including David Axelrod, who admits that he shares some of the blame for the president's dismal approval rating.