Readings for Sunday

It’s been a pleasure to blog for all of you this weekend. Before I go, let me give you a few suggestions on how you might spend your afternoon:

The National Security Agency’s authority has indeed increased under the Obama administration, Ellen Nakashima reports.

Private investors are exploiting a D.C. program for recovering unpaid property taxes to seize and sell homes, even if the owners owed only a small amount and never borrowed money from a bank.

The Economist walks us patiently through the various causes of the financial crisis.

Bobby Allyn reports from Vanderbilt about a disturbing rape case.

Pico Ayer recounts a visit by the Dalai Lama to a Japanese fishing village devastated by the tsunami.

Thanks for reading. I hope to be back here again before too long.

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Max Ehrenfreund

Max Ehrenfreund is a former Monthly intern and a reporter at The Washington Post. Find him on Twitter: @MaxEhrenfreund