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The Week’s Best Longreads for October 26, 2013

From Obama’s stumbling path on a Syria intervention to a Texas philanthropist’s search for a Ugandan killer, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Obama’s Uncertain Path on Syria
Mark Mazzetti, Robert F. Worth, and Michael R. Gordon, The New York Times

A riveting play-by-play of the administration’s stumbling, halting move toward—and then away from—an intervention in Syria.

Dignity’s Due
Samuel Moyn, The Nation

Why are philosophers invoking the notion of human dignity to revitalize theories of political ethics?

The Cost of Living
Stephen S. Hall, New York

As cancer drugs have become more expensive—in a few cases, staggeringly so—their effectiveness has often failed to rise in tandem. So some doctors are refusing to use them, asking the controversial question: Are a few extra weeks of life worth all that money? Inside an oncologists’ revolt.

Stop Kony
Elizabeth Rubin, The New Yorker Online

How a Texas philanthropist funded the hunt for Joseph Kony, the deadly leader of Uganda’s guerilla Lord’s Resistance Army.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Robert Wright, The Atlantic

Squaring new research that suggests we’re “naturally moral” with the violence and chaos around us.

Blue Spark, Part One
Nelly Reifler, The Weeklings

On the tenth anniversary of Elliot Smith’s tragic death, a friend remembers her deep friendship with him.

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