Afternoon Reading List 08.19.13.

What NYT‘s mayoral endorsement means — The NYC mayoral race is nearing a much-awaited point. No, not the election. As TNR’s Marc Tracy reports, NYT’s endorsement of mayoral candidates is often telling of who the winner will be. Endorsements in past races show not only NYT’s influence on the races, but also publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.’s influence on his newspaper’s editorial board. He has the final say over who NYT endorses and has been known to exercise that power. With Anthony Weiner now limping along in fourth place, NYT’s endorsement could have a heavy hand in election results. Tracy thinks City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is most likely to secure the endorsement, but he notes it’s still anyone’s guess.

Why you should read it: In a race that seems like it’ll never end, this piece inches the ordeal along just a little more.

Leaving this town — How many pieces have been written about “This Town” and this town? We’re not even sure it could be counted at this point. But Politico’s Patrick Gavin keeps the count rising with a piece on those who leave this town, and some of the reasons can be found in “This Town.” The Beltway exiles, as Gavin labels them, are those who went from being in the heat of Washington mentality but became wore down and got out. Suffering from Beltway fatigue, they moved all over the country to be with family or just be somewhere else. None of the exiles in the piece have the slightest regrets about leaving. Kimberly Hunter, who worked as a press aide for Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and made The Hill‘s 50 Most Beautiful list and later worked for the ONE Campaign, said while living in Washington, “every day felt like the movie ‘Groundhog Day.’” Hunter left a year and a half ago to travel the world, and she’s not looking back.

Why you should read it: Gavin gives those who hate Washington hope. He shows the ones who got out, and how leaving Washington isn’t such a bad thing.

How not to be married — Here’s something you should never do: lie and tell your wife that you work for the CIA and are going on a mission to China. Then ask your wife, via email, to wire you $2,000 because you’ve been taken captive by North Koreans and they demand that much money. Then marry someone else in Fairfax, Va., where you actually are instead of China. But, as WaPo’s Tom Jackman reports, Ed Hicks of Alexandria, Va. did just that. His first wife was a Naval petty officer stationed on the USS Nitze in Norfolk, Va. Hicks produced a CIA identification card and a gold shield, which makes his alleged crimes federal charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer and forgery, which could bring him significantly more jail time. And Hicks has yet to answer the question of why.

Why you should read it: This guy essentially lived one of those crazy-ass spam letters, complete with ‘wire me $2000 I’ve been kidnapped!’ Marrying someone while in another marriage is already kind of crazy, but when you throw in the part about pretending to be a CIA officer going on a mission to China and getting captured by North Korea, how can you not read that?