The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for October 20, 2012

From the hidden Nov. 7 agendas of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to the biggest troll on the Internet, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

10.20.12 8:45 AM ET

November 7th
Jonathan Chait, New York

Though their agendas are hidden, both Romney and Obama have plans to dramatically remake the size and character of American government. Very, very quickly.

The Innocent Man
Pamela Collof, Texas Monthly

The first in a two-part series deconstructing the case against Michael Morton, who was convicted in 1987 of killing his wife but has maintained his innocence.

Unmasking the Biggest Troll on the Web
Adrien Chen, Gawker

The man behind Violentacrez, the Reddit persona responsible for forums full of racism and pornograhy.

God Talk
James Wood, The New Yorker

The Book of Common Prayer at 350.

What Can You Really Know?
Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books

How philosophy lost its bite.

The Great Deformer
David Stockman, Newsweek

Is Mitt Romney really a job creator? Ronald Reagan’s budget director takes a scalpel to the claims.

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