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Weekend Reads 3/24/18

The Last Temptation

This is a man who has cruelly publicized his infidelities, made disturbing sexual comments about his elder daughter, and boasted about the size of his penis on the debate stage. His lawyer reportedly arranged a $130,000 payment to a porn star to dissuade her from disclosing an alleged affair. Yet religious conservatives who once blanched at PG-13 public standards now yawn at such NC-17 maneuvers.

'I Think We Have a Leadership Problem'

Mast acknowledged to me that he may have made himself politically vulnerable in his bid for reelection. "I’ve literally lost friends over this," he told me. "And I said, you know what, someone is probably going to primary me over this, but you don’t worry about being a casualty when you’re trying to save a life."

China's First Space Station Is Going to Fall Out of Space Very Soon

Knowing when the re-entry will occur is only half the story, though. The space station is moving too fast and is too uncontrolled for trackers to peg where it will enter the atmosphere any more specifically than somewhere between 43 degrees north latitude and 43 degrees south latitude. That's an area that includes Boston and Beijing, but also Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Brisbane, Australia.

How Survivors of Mass Shootings 'Grieve in a Fishbowl'

They were asked time and again what they saw, how they felt having survived, and why they think it happened. But, as one survivor says in the film, “when the first anniversary [of the shooting] comes around, everyone forgets, and that’s when we need the most help.”

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