The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for April 28, 2012

From America’s secret wars to the downward spiral of once-promising conservative journalist Tucker Carlson, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

04.28.12 8:45 AM ET

The Rise of the Killer Drones
Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone

How America goes to war in secret.

Earth to Ben Bernanke
Paul Krugman, The New York Times Magazine

The Federal Reserve chairman has the power, and the obligation, to end the slump and the human misery that comes with it. So what’s stopping him?

Tucker Carlson’s Downward Spiral
Alex Pareene, Salon

Once a promising young magazine writer, the bow-tied Daily Caller pundit has come to epitomize right-wing hackdom.

Mitt Romney’s Dark Knight
Jason Zengerle, GQ

If Karl Rove was George W. Bush’s brain, Eric Fehrnstrom is Mitt Romney’s balls.

Get Rich U.
Ken Aluetta, The New Yorker

Is Stanford too close to Silicon Valley?

The Tabloid Turncoat
Steve Fishman, New York

Colin Myler, the New York Daily News’ new editor, knows his enemies at Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post. Maybe too well.

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