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This week, we’re sharing stories from Jane Mayer, Michael J. Mooney, Elisa Gabbert, Nicole Chung, and Ashley Fetters.

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1. How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump

Jane Mayer | The New Yorker | September 25, 2018 | 27 minutes (6,925 words)

“I’m not arguing that Russians pulled the voting levers. I’m arguing that they persuaded enough people to either vote a certain way or not vote at all.”

2. The Cartel Next Door

Michael J. Mooney | Texas Monthly | September 21, 2018 | 32 minutes (8,038 words)

Inside the $1 million plot to execute—in broad daylight—the attorney of a Mexican cartel boss, and the subsequent investigation, which ranged from south of the border to Florida and Texas, to solve the murder.

3. The Great Mortality

Elisa Gabbert | Real Life Mag | September 24, 2018 | 21 minutes (5,253 words)

Don’t joke about the black Egyptian sarcophagus unleashing a plague that will kill us all, because the next pandemic is heading for us.

4. Mourning at the Magic Kingdom

Nicole Chung | Slate | September 25, 2018 | 12 minutes (3,151 words)

A day after burying her father after his sudden death at age 67, Nicole Chung and her young family go on a long-planned vacation to Disney World, where she finds that making new family memories is one way to honor old family memories.

5. The Dad-Joke Doctrine

Ashley Fetters | The Atlantic | September 25, 2018 | 10 minutes (2,512 words)

“What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor? ‘Where’s my tractor?’”