What We’re Reading: Partisan writing, an unusual bequest and more.

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Politics, Uncensored
Matt Flegenheimer

Matt Flegenheimer

Washington correspondent

Sometimes a story grabs you from the $#&*-ing start. This tale from Alex Roarty takes stock of a growing trend among Democratic leaders: In the age of Trump, it seems, political profanities abound. (It’s a bipartisan tradition.) McCLATCHY DC » 
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All the Angles
Anna Dubenko

Anna Dubenko

Senior digital strategist

This week in our roundup of partisan writing, conservatives and liberals react to Steve Bannon’s apparent fall from grace, one writer explains the “brilliant incoherence” of President Trump’s foreign policy, and a case against using the first 100 days as measure for any administration. THE NEW YORK TIMES » 
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Danger Trail
Lynda Richardson

Lynda Richardson

Senior staff editor, Travel

With so much news now roiling the world, the issue of police shootings in the U.S. seems to have receded from the headlines. The Tampa Bay Times has done a compelling investigation of those in Florida from 2009 to 2014, breaking down each one to its most basic traits. Powerful and chilling. TAMPA BAY TIMES »
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The Gift
John Schwartz

John Schwartz

Science reporter

When Christopher Gray died this month, he left behind an unusual bequest to the prep school he attended: his bones. Mr. Gray, who wrote the beloved “Streetscapes” column for The Times for nearly 30 years, offered to pay for the “flensing” if the school would leave his skeleton on display for 10 years, “or until it gets stolen by the Sixth Form,” the senior class. The family’s hunt to find a way to fulfill his wish is fascinating and wonderful. Just don’t read it while you’re eating.  THE NEW YORKER » 
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Nothing Doing
Adeel Hassan

Adeel Hassan

Reporter, Race/Related

There are benefits to being lazy. So says a best-selling author whose heavily researched work you’re definitely familiar with. This quick read is perfect for those of us who are not so industrious. INC. »
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Freedom of Choice
Michelle L. Dozois

Michelle L. Dozois

Growth strategy editor

Need a break from political news? We found great reads about the 19 different types of smile, how horrible the food at the C.I.A. cafeteria is, and the relatives of Sea Monkeys. OUR PICKS »
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