The Nightstand (May 13-19)

“Nadir and Me” (Joseph Heath, The Walrus)

The Lobbyist in the Gray Flannel Suit (Thomas Edsall, NYT)– An interesting, and largely untold, story.

Unions that Divide: Churches Split Over Gay Marriage (Laurie Goodstein, NYT)– As usual, the most important stuff is going on behind the scenes.

The Economic Case for Same-Sex Marriage (Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, Bloomberg View)

New series on college costs at the New York Times– A Generation Hobbled by the Soaring Cost of College (Andrew Martin and Andrew Lehren, NYT) and Slowly, As Student Debt Rises, Colleges Confront Costs (Andrew Martin, NYT)

Why are Teen Moms Poor? (Matthew Yglesias, Slate)

Money Unlimited: How John Roberts Orchestrated Citizens United (Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker)

Is the Filibuster Unconstitutional? (Ezra Klein, Wonkbook)

Even the Costa Ricans….and Chinese and Mexicans (Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic)

On Censorship (Salman Rushdie, New Yorker)

Mormons and Evangelicals (Jana Riess, Religion News Service)

Priest to profit: How the Mormon Church teaches priesthood holders to lead (Matt Bowman, WaPo)

Man on a mission: Mitt Romney in France (Steve Evans, WaPo)

Nuns on the Frontier (Anne Butler, NYT)

The Long Approach to the “Mormon Moment” (Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Religion & Politics)

Obama and Romney offer differing views of God (Lisa Miller, WaPo)


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