Now running a huge economic engine
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  • Now running a huge economic engine

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

Hey, did you read:

• That the new pope will lead one of the biggest economic engines in the U.S., in a class only with Walmart? Mick Dumke

• That the “US government’s online catalog of cyber-vulnerabilities has been taken offline—ironically, due to a software vulnerability“? —John Dunlevy

• That Republican congressman Kris Crawford may have been a little too frank about the logic behind his Medicaid vote? Tony Adler

• This photo-essay featuring images of children from around the globe presenting their most prized possessions? Drew Hunt

• That a guy figured out how to stop eating? Gwynedd Stuart

• This sad and poignant essay about a brother’s suicide? Aimee Levitt

• This career-spanning A.V. Club interview with former Reader writer Neal Pollack? Tal Rosenberg

• The opening salvo of Adam Curtis’s new essay series about “the forgotten roots of the fake objectivity that surrounds us today”? Ben Sachs