The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, May 17, 2014

From Newark’s failed plan to rescue its schools to the twilight of democracy, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

05.17.14 4:00 AM ET

Dale Russakoff, The New Yorker

Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.

Michael Hobbes, The New Republic

The answer is a lot more complicated than saying we're less enlightened than Europe. Solving an epidemiological mystery.

Mark Follman, Mother Jones

Welcome to the dark side of America’s war on guns.

Thomas Meaney, Yascha Mounk, The Nation

Democracy was once a comforting fiction. Has it become an uninhabitable one?

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Kathie Dobie, GQ

A Little League is helping transform a city plagued by drugs, addiction and violence.

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