The Week’s Best Reads

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

A 4Chan Cam-Girl Grows Up

Allie Conti, Miami New Times

At age 13, she began posting suggestive photos of herself on the internet, and her growing fanbase pushed her for more. By the time she was an adult, Loli-chan would be suspended from her Catholic high school, committed to a psych ward, and driven to real sex work.

The Final Insult in the Bush-Cheney Marriage

Peter Baker, The New York Times Magazine

How Dick Cheney finally lost the president.

Failure is Not an Option

Mimi Swartz, Texas Monthly

Bev Kearney rose from nothing to become the decorated head coach for women’s track and field at the University of Texas, turning the school’s program into the standard for excellence. Then she was abruptly forced to resign because of an illicit affair—a case that has opened a window onto college sports that many would prefer remain closed.

The Evangelist

Andy Kroll, The American Prospect

Jim Gilliam of NationBuilder says his software will "democratize democracy." So why do many of his progressive friends consider him a traitor?

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The Hidden War Against Gay Teens

Alex Morris, Rolling Stone

Private Christian schools are exploiting local laws to raise money while expelling kids for the crime of being not straight.

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