People gather along with Bill de Blasio (back, L) before a vigil for slain transgender woman Islan Nettles at Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem on Aug. 27, 2013 in New York City.
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In Case You Missed It: 5 great stories from the week of Feb. 2

Each week, msnbc.com collects the standout work published by our reporters in one convenient place.

The killings no one’s talking about
by Emma Margolin

Three transgender women of color were killed in January, but the national reaction has been relatively quiet. Transgender rights activists explain why.

Jeb Bush chats with msnbc
by Benjy Sarlin

Jeb Bush, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, talked to msnbc about “reform” conservatism, tax cuts and Mitt Romney.

From ‘Downton Abbey’ to racist posts: Aaron Schock’s awful week 
by Adam Howard

Republican Rep. Aaron Schock may be having his worst week ever since he became a U.S. congressman.

The GOP is trying to ensure that certain tax breaks are pushed through ahead of any comprehensive tax overhaul, without being paid for.

He’s talked about bacon, Beyoncé, and bad words. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a potential 2016 presidential contender, is focusing nearly all of his energy on social issues that other GOP hopefuls would rather not touch. Now the question on everyone’s mind is: Why?

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In Case You Missed It: 5 great stories from the week of Feb. 2