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From the June Atlantic

May 25, 2011

Two good articles worth reading in June’s Atlantic:

  • The Tragedy of Sarah Palin recounts Sarah Palin’s “transformation” from a governor who worked with Democrats to lessen the corrupt influence of Big Oil in Alaska to, well, who she is today. I put transformation in quotes because Palin’s political tactics were still hyperpersonalized when she was governor (i.e. attempting to get a state trooper fired because he was in divorce proceedings with her sister-in-law) even if those tactics were aimed at better goals than they are today.
  • The Lazarus File tells the story of the 1986 murder of Sheri Rasmussen and the LAPD’s attempts to find the murderer. After shelving the case due to a lack of viable, the advancement of DNA evidence techniques leads the LAPD detectives to an unlikely (and aptly named) suspect. The internet version also includes clips from the questioning of the suspect, who is currently awaiting trial.
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