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How the GI Bill Became Law in Spite of Some Veterans’ Groups

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, the men of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions dropped from the sky along the coast of Normandy. The …

The True Story of the G.I. Bill

Three months later, on October 27, 1943, Roosevelt turned his idea into a concrete proposal, formally asking Congress to enact legislation that would …

You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

Between 2005 and 2007, its stock price was cut in half and its market cap shrank by $30 billion.<p>In October 2007, eBay admitted that Skype, a company it had acquired for $2.5 billion two years earlier, was actually worth less than half of that.<p>During the third quarter of 2007, eBay lost money for …

The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby

<i>Click here for our magazine cover story on the Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal: The Courtship, The Secret Meetings, The $19 Billion Poker Game</i><p>Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture …

The Loneliness of Vladimir Putin

On December 19, Maria Baronova met me on the steps of the Nikulinsky courthouse, a squat Soviet-era building lost in a construction zone somewhere in …

Russia

Healing Sgt. Warren

On a hellish day in Iraq, he watched his friend burn.<br>Should he have done more, he wondered?<p>J<p>onathan Warren walks through the maze of corridors until he finds the little room. Anxiously, he puts on the earphones and adjusts the wraparound visor. The image before him is crude: Road, desert, …

Stephen Hill's YouTube debate query put focus on gays in military

THE HIDDEN MAN<p>America saw Stephen Hill's face for 15 seconds.<br>It took him a lifetime to show it.<p>An American soldier sits alone in a wooden box in the desert, trying to erase himself. Off comes the Velcro patch that says CAPTAIN. Off comes the name tag that says HILL. He positions the camera so it …

On Muppets & Merchandise: How Jim Henson Turned His Art into a Business

<i>Elizabeth Hyde Stevens | Make Art Make Money | September 2013 | 17 minutes (4,102 words)</i><p><i>In 2011, Longreads highlighted an essay called “Weekend at</i> …

Sesame Street

The Real Story of Linda Taylor, America’s Original Welfare Queen

Ronald Reagan loved to tell stories. When he ran for president in 1976, many of Reagan’s anecdotes converged on a single point: The welfare state is …

How A Black High School Basketball Coach Transformed A White, Mennonite Town

<i>Chris Mahr is the managing editor of Lost Lettermen, a college sports website and athlete database.</i><p>“Talk to any young sportswriter today and odds are …

Mandela: The Miracle Maker

The extraordinary life of the man who liberated South Africa—and then kept the country from falling apart.<p>Nelson Mandela, who died December 5, …

Christine Kim on 'What's Killing Poor White Women?'

<i>Christine Kim is a civil rights advocate studying at Duke University School of Law.</i><p>My favorite longread of the week is ‘What’s Killing Poor White …

Taken

Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?<p>On a bright Thursday afternoon in 2007, Jennifer Boatright, a waitress at a Houston bar-and-grill, drove with her two young sons and her …

Who's blocking this astonishingly effective tool to fight meth labs?

State troopers clean up a meth lab found on school board property about a block from a London, Kentucky elementary school.Photos by Stacy Kranitz. …

The Royal Prank: The Story Behind The Worst Radio Stunt In History

When a pair of Australian DJs went viral by prank calling the London hospital treating Kate Middleton last December, they were lionized at home and vilified in the U.K. Then the nurse who answered the phone committed suicide amid the outrage, raising questions about mental health, privacy, and the …

The Best Little Checkpoint in Texas

The dog’s name was Blackie, and I knew right away she was trouble. I had two beautiful marijuana buds in a plastic vial in my shaving kit inside a …

The Making Of A Mole

Homeland Security agent Jovana Deas was torn between a burgeoning career in federal law enforcement and a family with ties to a notorious Mexican drug cartel. Was her betrayal of the agency a failure of character or of a system she should have never been part of in the first place?<p>The news came on …

Welcome to Mogadishu | Financial Times

You can see where their heads hit the roof,” says a member of Somalia’s bomb squad. He is showing me pictures of the latest co-ordinated suicide …

Shot Down

<i>This video accompanies the piece “Shot Down” in the June Issue of Washingtonian Magazine. Read the story.</i>

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics | GQ

Editors' Picks<p>It's easy to wear, effortlessly stylish, and is available right now at every budget.<p>14 Photos2 days agoView More<p>GQ for Gap<p>Meet the international style gods who’ll create this year’s GQ x Gap limited-edition collection.<p>By Matt Sebra24 hours agoView More<p>Entertainment<p>How the <i>Jurassic Park</i> …

This Is How the NRA Ends

On April 17, the bill to expand background checks on gun buyers failed in the Senate, and the fatalistic shrugs in Washington were so numerous they …

Why Amish Teens Love Facebook

For many Amish teens, Rumspringa means hard partying, dating, cars — and Facebook. So much for "What happens in Rumspringa stays in Rumspringa."<p>Starting in their mid-teens, Amish teenagers enter Rumspringa (translated: "to run around"). It's a time when they can toss aside many of the Amish rules; …

Rocketing Into the Grand Canyon's Great Unknown

IF YOU EVER take a guided river trip through the Grand Canyon, your guides are likely to tell you the story of Kenton Grua, Rudi Petschek, and Steve “Wren” Reynolds. These men are legends in the tight-knit fraternity of canyon boatmen, largely because of an adventure they embarked on in late June …

The Bad-Boy Brand

The Vice guide to the world.<p>Late in February, in the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Indoor Stadium, in Pyongyang, North Korea, ten thousand stiff-looking spectators in gray Mao suits gathered to watch a basketball game. Vice Media, the Brooklyn-based company, had arranged to have members of the Harlem …

The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer

The first thing Petty Officer 2nd Class Rebecca Blumer realized upon waking was that she was freezing cold and naked. The second thing was that her …

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

In the Summer of 1995, a young graduate student in anthropology at UCLA named Joe Henrich traveled to Peru to carry out some fieldwork among the …

Psychology