The Week in Reads: Stories from msnbc

Senate Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao arrive for a victory celebration following the early results of the state Republican primary May 20, 2014 in Louisville, Ky.
Senate Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao arrive for a victory celebration following the early results of the state Republican primary May 20, 2014 in Louisville, Ky.

The Week in Reads is a new feature that collects the standout work published by msnbc reporters throughout the week. 

A progressive alternative to Obamacareby Geoffrey Cowley

If all goes as planned, Vermont will soon achieve universal health care through a single-payer system. Can a straight-talking restaurateur make it happen?

The untold story of racism in Americaby Adam Serwer

It's possible, as Bill Clinton put it, to work hard and play by the rules. But the history of black people in America reveals one set of rules for blacks and for everyone else, even if you do succeed. 

GOP establishment won big this weekby Benjy Sarlin

In two critical Senate races, Republicans heeded establishment GOP warnings and shut out riskier tea party candidates. But the tea party may have won, even in defeat.

Gay Boy Scouts stand up to tech giantby Emma Margolin

A petition with 125,000 signatures was delivered to Amazon earlier this week asking the corporation to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on openly gay scout leader.

Republican primary contest takes a dark turnby Benjy Sarlin

A GOP primary contest in Mississippi has devolved from slugfest to scandal as four people have been arrested over a bizarre alleged political plot.