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  • And all the girlies say he’s got a pretty fly white guy (hanging on his wall).

Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• That punitive damages—including such things as BP’s $42 billion in cleanup costs for the Deepwater Horizon spill and the $1.37 billion agreed to by Standard & Poor’s this week—are deductible, putting taxpayers on the hook for substantial portions of the tab? Kate Schmidt

• About a Supreme Court case that could have negative ramifications on public sector unions? Tal Rosenberg

• About the New York State attorney general’s investigation into labeling fraud in the herbal supplement industry? John Dunlevy

• That U.S. Senator Thom Tillis wants to roll back government regulation of business by ending requirements that restaurant workers wash their hands? Mick Dumke

• About “macktivism,” or men using feminist rhetoric to ingratiate themselves with women before raping them? (These men use trigger warnings in the subject lines of e-mails apologizing for rape.) Aimee Levitt

• About what happened when writer Lindy West confronted a particularly cruel troll? Gwynedd Stuart

• About Ta-Nehisi Coates’s great comments section, and how moderating comments can be so exhausting? Tal Rosenberg

• About the portrait of a white guy in Bobby Jindal’s office? Gwynedd Stuart