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The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for November 24, 2012

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week. By David Sessions.

The Man Who Charged Himself With MurderJennifer Gonnerman, New YorkTrevell Coleman wasn’t sure whether he’d killed a man. But after seventeen years, he needed to find out.

Is This It?John B. Judis, The New RepublicThe agonies and ecstasy of a permanent Democratic majority.

The Hard Life of an NFL LongshotCharles Siebert, The New York Times MagazineThe story of a rookie hanging on to the fragile hope of a professional football career, as told by his uncle.

Were the Pilgrims Thankful for Spirochete?Madeleine Johnson, SlateA gruesome disease granted them uninhabited, cleared land and a sweet brook.

The ExpendablesWilliam Langeweische, Vanity FairIt’s the dark romance of the French Foreign Legion: haunted men from everywhere, fighting anywhere, dying for causes not their own.

12 Ways to Stop the Next Sandy David Cay Johnston, NewsweekFar greater disasters loom—unless we move fast to fix a badly broken system. David Cay Johnston lists a dozen possible solutions, from building seawalls to getting tough on AT&T.

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