The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for June 30, 2012

From the truth behind the Fast and Furious scandal to a Baptist minister’s acceptance of his gay son, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

06.30.12 8:45 AM ET

The Truth About ‘Fast and Furious’
Katherine Eban, Fortune

A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.

Seeing Nora Everywhere
Lena Dunham, The New Yorker

The opportunity to be friends with Nora in the last year of her life informs the entirety of mine.

A Tempest in My Soul
Joan Garrett, Chattanooga Times Free Press

A son’s secret brings a Southern Baptist minister to his knees.

Inside Anonymous
Quinn Norton, Wired

How the secretive hacker group picks targets, launches attacks, and takes powerful organizations down.

The Rock-Star Diplomat’s Last Tour
Steven Lee Myer, The New York Times Magazine

What is Hillary Clinton’s future? Given the problems facing the world, it’s hard to look past the next six months.

War of the Wombs
Abigail Pesta, Newsweek

Keith Mason and his wife are leading a growing national campaign to legally define human embryos as people, which would outlaw abortion—and possibly some forms of birth control.


No More Mr. Nice Guy
Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker

John Roberts, the Supreme Court’s stealth hard-liner.

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