The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for September 8, 2012

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

Let’s Be FriendsRyan Lizza, The New YorkerBarack Obama and Bill Clinton reconcile.

The TryhardsFreddie DeBoer, The New InquiryLiberal pundits are surprisingly radical in their critiques of American meritocracy. But their material comfort and proximity to power forces them to support deeply inadequate policies.

The Education of Elizabeth WarrenMonica Potts, The American ProspectSupporters of the Massachusetts Dem thought she had a lock on Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat. 
But the campaign has proved that’s far from true.

31 Shocks LaterJennifer Gonnerman, New YorkAndre McCollins’s mother thought she’d finally found the right school for her son—one equipped to treat his behavioral and developmental problems. Then she took a closer look at that treatment.

Born This WayCord Jefferson, GawkerScientists are increasingly convinced that pedophilia is an unchangeable sexual orientation. Can society deal with the truth?

How to Read ŽižekAdam Kotsko, Los Angeles Review of BooksDismissing the popular philosopher Slavoj Žižek as both clownish and politically dangerous has become a ritual. But his critics are unwittingly demonstrating his theories.

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