The Best of the Beast, April 7-April 13

Our favorite stories for your weekend reading list.

04.13.14 10:45 AM ET

By Michael Daly

Twenty-one were stabbed in a Pennsylvania school rampage this week, but all are expected to live—and one even took a selfie. Think how different the toll would have been with bullets.

By Nick Willard

Before he leaves on another deployment to Afghanistan, a military officer has to break the news to his family.

By Kevin Fallon

Menacing and suspenseful with surprising notes of satire and pulpy violence, FX’s ‘Fargo’ is most certainly not a pale imitation of the Coens’ gruesome dark comedy.  

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By Michael Tomasky

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The Heritage Foundation chief’s ludicrous claim about who ended slavery in America is just his latest effort to destroy the federal government—past or present.

By Susan Boyle

The best-selling singer and Britain’s Got Talent alum writes about her battle with the disorder. Her documentary Susan Boyle: Her Secret Struggle airs Wednesday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET on Ovation.

By Caitlin Dickson

One hundred miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ACLU says, border patrol agents are harassing American citizens with arbitrary search and seizure methods and even arrests.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 8:  Host Stephen Colbert appears during the "Been There: Won That: The Returnification of the American-Do Troopscapeon" special of The Colbert Report on September 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/PictureGroup)

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By Tim Teeman

Fans are worried that Stephen Colbert will lose his edge after he takes over from David Letterman on CBS’s The Late Show. But the competition between him, and Jimmys Fallon and Kimmel could refresh the stale landscape of late night.

By Lloyd Grove

The reverend tells The Daily Beast he never ratted out the Mafia to the FBI, but The Smoking Gun, which made the charges, is sticking to its story.

By Anna Therese Day

The Eric Harroun I knew wanted to fight for justice in Syria, but went into combat alongside Al Qaeda. The United States jailed him as a potential terrorist, and now he has died.

By Tim Teeman

Barbara Walters is a broadcasting doyenne, interviewer of greats, shatterer of glass ceilings. But the daily screechfest of The View is not the best vehicle for her with which to say goodbye.