Singer Beyonce performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.
Mark Davis/Getty

In case you missed it: 5 stories to read this weekend

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

Why Mitt Romney thinks 2016 won’t be like 2012
by Benjy Sarlin and Kasie Hunt

Mitt Romney is burning up the phones trying to convince old supporters that he’s serious about a run. Here’s the pitch he’s making. 

“Selma” snubbed in Oscar nominations
by Joseph Neese

Had she been nominated for Best Director, “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay would have made history as the first black female nominee in Oscar history.

Major Christie speech previews 2016 ambitions
by Aliyah Frumin

Gov. Chris Christie delivered remarks Tuesday on the state of New Jersey – but his intended audience seemed to have been much larger.

Blame it on Beyoncé: Huckabee slams the Obamas’ parenting skills
by Adam Howard

Potential 2016 candidate Mike Huckabee seems to be dedicating a disproportionate amount energy to criticizing pop star Beyoncé.

A new religious freedom showdown
by Emma Margolin

A controversy is currently unfolding over the dismissal of an Atlanta fire chief, who last year wrote and distributed a book that espoused anti-gay views.

Explore:

Must reads

In case you missed it: 5 stories to read this weekend