Millions of readers can’t be wrong, so if you’re wondering what should be on your media diet, here’s a compilation of the most shared longform features that were published this week, from the web’s leading publishing outlets.

 
1. In Defense Of Obama

Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, on why Obama is a historic success. #

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2. What The Garbageman Knows

A neighborhood trash man explains modern Egypt. #

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3. Finding a Video Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich—Then Vegas Made Them Pay

A pair of gamblers and a glitch too good to last.

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4. Cops Are 21 Times More Likely To Kill Black Teens Than White Teens

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males. #

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5. On Loving And Hating And Living In Manhattan

The pursuit of happiness has always seemed to me a somewhat heavy American burden, but in Manhattan it is conceived as a peculiar form of duty. #

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6. How To Talk To Terrorists

Terrorism can never be defeated by military means alone. But how do you go about negotiating with people who have blood on their hands? Britain’s chief broker of the Northern Ireland peace deal explains how it can — and must — be done (for a start, always shake hands). #

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7. The Target

A profile of Malala Yousafzai, the young activist from Pakistan who was just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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8. The Empire of Edge

How a doctor and an S.A.C. trader got entangled in a financial scandal.

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9. The Government’s Real Fake Woman

A DEA agent commandeered a woman’s identity, created a phony Facebook account in her name, and posted racy photos he found on her seized cell phone. The government said he had the right to do that. #

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10. The Day The Mountain Fell

The reverberations of an avalanche.

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