\u201cHow Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws,\u201d ProPublicaYou can only say \u201cThis is the mass shooting that will finally spur the country to take serious action about its gun problem\u201d so many times \u2014 only to see nothing change \u2014 before you start to get a little cynical. In America, we\u2019ve been saying it a lot lately. And while it may be a realistic position, that kind of pessimism creates a self-fulfilling prophecy that plays right into the hands of the advocates of the firearms industry and their efforts to avoid regulation. \u2014 Tom Nehil, news editorHow the Survivors of Parkland Began the Never Again Movement," The New YorkerEmily Witt describes the remarkably quick, powerful mobilization by Parkland students uniting under the Never Again banner to press for concrete political action in the wake of last week's school massacre. \u2014 Susan Albright, managing editor"Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook \u2014 and the World," WiredEveryone on social media should read this piece. There aren't a lot of revelations in it \u2014 if you've been paying attention, you probably remember a lot of the events that have prompted debate over Facebook's role in spreading political misinformation in the last couple of years. But it strings those events together in a way that's helpful in understanding the magnitude of the situation, and hints at a Mark Zuckerberg who might finally be troubled by what his company has wrought. \u2014 Greta Kaul, data reporter"Billy Beane is witnessing Moneyball's endgame: 'We're all valuing the same things,' " Washington PostOakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane is credited with creating the statistics-based method for evaluating baseball talent \u2014 as portrayed in Michael Lewis' book "Moneyball" and the movie of the same name. By necessity, he used it to build winners with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. But in this column by Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post, Beane laments that since every team is using the same methods, baseball is back to where it was \u2014 those with the money win. \u2014 Peter Callaghan, local government reporter.