Weekly Recommended Reading

The Very Strange Case of Two Russian Gun Lovers, Michael Avenatti and Cockfighting

The Very Strange Case of Two Russian Gun Lovers, the NRA, and Donald Trump Here's what we uncovered about an odd pair from Moscow who cultivated the Trump campaign, from Mother Jones

The Fast and Furious Michael Avenatti In representing the porn star Stormy Daniels, the lawyer thinks he can bring down a president — one cable-news appearance at a time, from The New York Times

The Trans Man Whose Pioneering Surgery Was A State Secret For Decades Russia's current record on LGBT rights is extremely poor. But 40 years ago, the USSR witnessed a pioneering moment in transgender history, from BuzzFeed

Inhuman Resources Mike Picarella wanted to protect a co-worker from humiliating sexual harassment. He didn’t expect his own life to be destroyed in the process.

In the Pit With the Fighting Roosters A massive raid on a long-running cockfighting ring in Arkansas has raised complex questions about ICE, immigration, and the future of a centuries-old tradition, from The Ringer