Weekly Wrap 2.16.18: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

By the Web Editors 2-16-2018

1. Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

If you noticed that the arguments flared rather quickly, here’s one reason.

2. Beyond the Mirror: On Desiring God’s Mental Health Tweet

“Staring in the mirror won’t fix much, but fixing our eyes on the strength and beauty of God probably won’t either. I doubt God knows much about staring in a mirror, nor do I presume God is fond of being stared at, for to do so renders God’s covenantal-partner — you and me — stagnant and useless.”

3. Where to See More Work by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, the Obama Portraists

After the Obama portraits were unveiled this week, columnists and bloggers dissected every artistic choice, including the Obamas’ choice of artists themselves. Here’s where you can see more of their stunning work.

4. All the White Supremacists Running for Office in 2018

HuffPost is updating this list as needed in the run up to November.

“It’s important to identify these candidates, not only so people know who’s on their ballot, but because ― as we’ve seen ― someone who’s thought of as fringe one year can be in the White House the next.”

5. To Be Black in Africa

In midlife after 400 years I went to Africa for the first time. And I am living pan-Africanism. The shared struggle, the shared compassion, the shared burden which, since it is being shared, is far easier to carry.”

6. Rob Porter Is My Ex-Husband. Here’s What You Should Know About Abuse

Colbie Holderness responds to Kellyanne Conway’s comments that she didn’t fear for Porter’s then-partner and White House communications director Hope Hicks because she’s “rarely met somebody so strong.”

7. You Must See Mexico’s Olympic Ski Team’s Uniforms

Though Mexico’s only sent two people to compete in skiing, the small team has already made a huge impact with its clothing.

8. Mass Shootings Are a Mammon Problem

Of course it’s all about money.

9. Brandi Carlile on Practicing Forgiveness, Even When It’s Hard

“Leading up to the release of her latest album, she posted an open letter on Facebook to the Baptist pastor who refused to baptize her because of her sexuality when she was 15. She forgave him. …

Carlile: it's a word that I think is kind of evangelicalized ... or glossed over by kind of a ‘hashtag blessed’ way of looking at it. It's a really radical and ugly, difficult process that, you know, great beauty comes from.”

10. Black Athletes Are Challenging What a Winter Olympian Looks Like

More than 40 black athletes are competing at the Winter Olympics. That’s a big deal.

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