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2018 has been anything but a slow news year, and when the groundbreaking news just keeps coming, we know it can be hard to find time to step back and settle down with a captivating read. Luckily, the holidays offer the perfect chance to catch up on the great journalism you might have missed this year. Below are some of the stories our readers liked most—from a first-person article by the uncle of President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration architect, to a reported look into the genocide that the United States didn’t see coming, to a profile of the distinguished liberal Harvard professor who has become Trump’s most ardent legal defender on TV. Enjoy!

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Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.
If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.
By David S. Glosser | Read More >>

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The Hardest Glass Ceiling in Politics
This was supposed to be the year of the woman. But dozens of female political operatives say they weren’t invited to the party.
By Abby Livingston | Read More >>

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John McCain’s Last Fight
The Arizona senator’s twilight struggle with Donald Trump is so bitter because they’re more alike than you think.
By Michael Hirsh | Read More >>

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The Puzzle of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
How a bright, competent and likable young operative became the face of the most duplicitous press operation in White House history.
By Jason Schwartz | Read More >>

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The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming
Barack Obama was determined to open up to Myanmar. Now the country’s military is slaughtering its most vulnerable ethnic group. Could the United States have prevented it?
By Nahal Toosi | Read More >>

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This Is What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town
Eastern Washington had cheap power and tons of space. Then the suitcases of cash started arriving.
By Paul Roberts | Read More >>

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How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies
The West Coast is a growing target of foreign espionage. And it’s not ready to fight back.
By Zach Dorfman | Read More >>

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Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.
Inside his rise and fall.
By Tim Alberta | Read More >>

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‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro
The untold story of how Lisa Howard’s intimate diplomacy with Cuba’s revolutionary leader changed the course of the Cold War.
By Peter Kornbluh | Read More >>

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The Voice of the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’
Claire Lehmann’s online magazine, Quillette, prides itself on publishing ‘dangerous’ ideas other outlets won’t touch. How far is it willing to go?
By Amelia Lester | Read More >>

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Church of The Donald
Never mind Fox. Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV.
By Ruth Graham | Read More >>

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Young Trumpies Hit D.C.
… And D.C. hits them right back.
By Daniel Lippman and Ben Schreckinger | Read More >>

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‘He Pretty Much Gave In to Whatever They Asked For’
Trump says he’s a master negotiator. Those who’ve actually dealt with him beg to differ.
By Michael Kruse | Read More >>

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George Conway’s Tweets Raise West Wing Eyebrows
The spicy Twitter feed of Kellyanne Conway’s husband has gotten noticed in the Oval Office. But friends say the real target of his ire isn’t Donald Trump.
By Annie Karni | Read More >>

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This Is What It’s Like to Be a Migrant in the Age of Trump
Do tough U.S. policies really discourage people from trying to cross the border? Probably not—but they’re changing the landscape in ways no one yet understands.
By Lauren Markham | Read More >>

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Generation Pickleball: Welcome to Florida’s Political Tomorrowland
Republicans’ political future looks a lot like this vibrant, fast-growing, Trump-friendly retirement community outside of Orlando.
By Michael Grunwald | Read More >>

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How Billionaires Learned to Love Populism
What’s behind the Trump alliance between self-dealing plutocrats and blue-collar voters.
By Amy Chua | Read More >>

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‘What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?’
How a liberal Harvard professor became Trump’s most distinguished defender on TV, freaked out his friends and got the legal world up in arms.
By Evan Mandery | Read More >>

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Still want more? Read our best of 2017 list, and keep an eye out for what we publish next year at politico.com/magazine.

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