The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for July 27, 2012

From Karl Rove’s plot to retake the Republican Party to Texas’ radical turn on women’s health, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

07.28.12 8:45 AM ET

King Karl
Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg Businessweek

Karl Rove’s $1 billion plan to become the CEO of the Republican Party.

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives
Mimi Schwartz, Texas Monthly

In 2011 the Texas slashed family planning funds, passed a new sonogram law, and waged an all-out war on Planned Parenthood that has dramatically shifted the state’s public health priorities.

We Are Alive
David Remnick, The New Yorker

Bruce Springsteen at 62.

American Sisters Haven’t Strayed. The Vatican Has.
Amy Koehlinger, Religion & Politics

In the middle of the 20th century, the Vatican urged sisters to reimagine their vocation for the modern world. The sisters followed obediently, despite heavy costs and dramatic upheaval. Now, a sex-obsessed papacy is trying to take it all back.

Katie Holmes Cruise Has Left the Building
Benjamin Wallace, New York

Reflections on the celebrity projection screen known as TomKat: Did an American sweetheart mount a daring escape from the clutches of her wacko husband? Or was Tom Cruise really the dupe all along?

‘It Takes A Lot to Rattle Me’
Andrew Romano, Newsweek

She lost her dad, had surgery, and tested positive for a banned substance. How Hope Solo survived—and put U.S. women's soccer in position to bring home gold.

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