These are political pieces mostly from the second half of 2013 that are still relevant.
Two years ago Sarah Stillman wrote this amazing piece, Taken in The New Yorker about the abuse of Civil Forfeiture. It's a must read if you missed it.
Also two years ago Matt Apuzzo & Adam Goldman wrote in New York about Has the NYPD’s Demographics Unit Stopped Any Terror Plots?. It's still worthwhile.
Shane Harris wrote in Foreign Policy, The Cowboy of the NSA, "Inside Gen. Keith Alexander's all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine."
Two years ago Andrew Bacevich wrote in Salon David Brooks is constantly wrong and he's still right. "Takes a lot to be the voice on the New York Times op-ed page most consistently wrong about war in the Middle East!"
Jason Zengerle wrote in Oct 2013 in GQ, Ted Cruz: The Distinguished Wacko Bird from Texas. "In less than a year, Texas Republican Ted Cruz has become the most despised man in the U.S. Senate. He's been likened to Joe McCarthy, accused of behaving like a schoolyard bully, and smeared by senior members of his own party. Is this any way to get ahead in Washington? Well, Cruz is no dummy—just ask him—and his swift rise might prove that it's the only way"
Bobby Constantino wrote in The Atlantic I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System
John Haggerty wrote in Salon, My personal Fox News nightmare: Inside a month of self-induced torture. "I'm a card-carrying member of the ACLU. Here's what happened when I watched 3 hours of Fox every day for a month."