The Week’s Best Longreads for July 13, 2013

From Rand Paul’s foreign policy learning curve to the war between the Crips and Bloods, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

07.13.13 8:45 AM ET

The Education of Rand Paul
Staurt A. Reid, Washington Monthly

How is a first-year senator becoming a force in his party on foreign policy? Because in today’s GOP, he’s what passes for moderate.

A plan for peace in gangland.

A Wasted Crisis
Paul Starr, The New Republic

Why the Democrats did so little to change Wall Street.

America’s new militarized police forces are out of control.

Death in the Desert
Terry Greene Sterling, Newsweek

As the immigration debate rages in Washington and Congress pushes for a $43 billion new border-security surge, undocumented immigrants continue to perish in Arizona’s harsh wilderness. One mother’s attempt to bring her family to America.

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