Magazine Issue
August 1 2016
Mother Jones1 min read
KELSEY DAKE draws for the New York Times, Nike, and McSweeney’s, among others, from her home in Phoenix. Dake, who has already re-created Donald Trump’s likeness a few times this year, was happy to have an election season assignment that didn’t invol
Mother Jones5 min readPolitics
Make America Hate Again
IN EARLY MAY, the California secretary of state published a list of delegates chosen by Donald Trump’s campaign for the state’s upcoming Republican presidential primary. The slate featured a few big names, including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. But
Mother Jones3 min readPolitics
Conventional Warfare
Tim Murphy Steak magnate Donald Trump emerged from the Republican primary with just enough delegates to stave off a potential floor fight in Cleveland in July. While that’s bad news for what’s left of the GOP’s #NeverTrump contingent, the real loser
Mother Jones4 min read
Olympians Without Borders
Ian Gordon SIX NIGHTS A WEEK, Popole Misenga travels by bus from a favela in the northern reaches of Rio de Janeiro to a private college on the city’s west side. The trip takes roughly two hours, and once he arrives—often beat from a day’s work load
Mother Jones5 min read
The Little Tax That Could
Kevin Drum UNLESS YOU’RE ONE of the lucky few who live in Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, or Oregon, you pay a sales tax on almost everything you buy. We’re all so used to the idea that it seems completely natural. And why not? Sales taxes are sim
Mother Jones4 min read
Muckraking in the Modern Era
Legal intimidation has made exposés like this one rare. It’s time for journalists to reclaim our roots.
Mother Jones3 min readSociety
A Brief History Of America’s Private Prison Industry
Madison Pauly 1983: Thomas Beasley, Doctor R. Crants, and T. Don Hutto start Corrections Corporation of America, the world’s first private prison company. 1984: CCA begins operating a county jail and a juvenile detention center in Tennessee. It als
Mother Jones3 min read
Why Is It So Hard For Inmates To Sue Prisons?
Jaeah Lee It began with a complaint about salad. Since he started serving time in the ’70s, Melvin Leroy Tyler has filed dozens of lawsuits advocating better conditions in Missouri prisons, earning himself the nickname King of the Writs. One newspa
Mother Jones6 min readPop Culture
On The Record
WITH ALAN LIGHT AS A MUSIC-OBSESSED teen growing up in the Bronx in the 1970s, Joseph Saddler noticed that every party song had one drum break or keyboard solo that made dancers go wild. What if you could string those fragments together to create a
Mother Jones4 min readPolitics
White Open Spaces
I USED TO TUNE OUT when my father would go on about eminent domain: how his immigrant grandparents had built up a modest homestead with two houses, three grown children, and a flock of chickens on the banks of the Bronx River. And then, around 1913,
Mother Jones4 min read
A Brief History Of Bathroom Freakouts
Samantha Michaels Second century B.C.: In Rome’s public latrines, up to 80 men and women sit side by side on marble slabs, socializing—and wiping with a communal sponge on a stick. 1739: A Parisian restaurant rolls out some of the first sex-segrega
Mother Jones4 min read
Come Undung
How one of our most successful humanitarian efforts is becoming a foul problem for the planet
Mother Jones3 min read
Fishy Story
ON A MORNING in early spring, at a dock alongside a popular Central Florida boardwalk, Jason DeLaCruz helps his crew unload 11,700 pounds of grouper, red snapper, and bycatch from the boat The Blackjack. The six men work quickly to grade the day’s ca