Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters as he takes the stage at a campaign stop at Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, Ohio, Oct. 29, 2012.
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In Case You Missed It: The week’s top stories from msnbc

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

Mitt Romney’s political renaissance
by Aliyah Frumin

Gone are the days following Mitt Romney’s bruising loss to President Obama in November 2012, when the mere mention of Romney’s name would send Republicans slapping their foreheads or shaking their heads with regret. Today, the Romney renaissance is here.

Trauma in the trenches of gun-weary Chicago
by Trymaine Lee

Of all the destruction that gun violence has heaped on the residents of Chicago’s most vulnerable and depleted neighborhoods, physical wounds may not cast the longest shadow. It may instead be the trauma of witnessing repeated acts of violence, of losing loved ones and any sense of safety; of living – for all intents and purposes – in a war zone.

Introducing msnbc’s ‘30 in 30’ series: Women candidates to watch in 2014
by Anna Brand

To showcase a year of textbook races for women, msnbc introduces ’30 in 30,’ a new series where the 30 of the most dynamic women candidates seeking office in 2014 will be spotlighted: One a day over the next 30 days. The candidates – Democrat and Republican – have answered questions based on women’s issues and being a woman in a male-dominated industry.

Obama’s immigration action could set off political firestorm
by Amanda Sakuma

President Obama is considering a range of executive actions that could potentially shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation – a dramatic step that may not only secure his legacy on immigration, but also shake up an already volatile political landscape before the 2014 midterm elections.