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Brazil’s Upcoming Presidential Elections Are the Most Hate-Filled in Recent Memory

Every other day, my WhatsApp bursts with messages from friends in Brazil and abroad expressing equal parts of excitement and apprehension as Sunday’s Brazilian presidential elections approach. On Wednesday ...

Added September 30, 2022

Mother Jones’ Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our country is beginning to reckon with its history of discrimination against marginalized communities. We believe that confronting systemic inequalities is important not only to our news coverage but ...

Added September 29, 2022

California Leaders Want to Compensate Descendants of Slavery. How Much Are They Willing to Pay?

This past weekend, activists, economists, politicians, and members of the public packed a room at the California Science Center in Los Angeles to talk about reparations. Members of the California Reparations ...

Added September 29, 2022

Louisiana’s Infamous Angola Prison Will Now Lock Up Children

In the coming days, Louisiana officials will incarcerate about two dozen children inside the old death row of Louisiana State Penitentiary, also called Angola, a massive maximum security prison for adult ...

Added September 27, 2022

Inside Massachusetts’ Family Separation Disaster

When Bryan Hickson and Patricia Soto found out they were going to have a baby, the thrilled couple jumped into action. They watched YouTube videos about parenting, prepared healthy meals, and, since they ...

Added September 26, 2022

J.D. Vance’s Flip-Flop on the Nazi March in Charlottesville

The infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, which was organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis to celebrate white nationalism and that led to the tragic killing ...

Added September 26, 2022

Utah Youth Climate Activists Hold Wake for the Great Salt Lake

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On a hot morning in early August, a group of college- and high-school-aged climate ...

Added September 25, 2022

In America, Clean Water Is Becoming a Luxury

I can’t forget to turn the kettle on before bed. In the morning, I’ll need that water to wash my hands and brush my teeth. The rest I’ll carefully store in the fridge, away from light and bacteria. It ...

Added September 22, 2022

Can Artificial Intelligence Save These Rare Eagles From Wind Turbines?

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Small in size, sensitive of constitution and with only 130 breeding pairs surviving ...

Added September 21, 2022

Why Do We Hate Women’s Voices?

This essay was adapted from Hysterical: A Memoir, by Elissa Bassist, out September 13, 2022, from Hachette. Everyone hates the sound of a woman’s voice. The “nominal problem is excess,” wrote author Jordan ...

Added September 19, 2022

A GoFundMe Raises Half a Million Dollars for a Teen Girl Who Was Ordered to Pay $150,000 to Her Rapist’s Family

Earlier this week, an Iowa judge ordered a teenage girl who survived human trafficking by killing her rapist to pay the man’s family $150,000. Outraged, people around the country began sending her donations ...

Added September 18, 2022

Ron DeSantis Says He’ll Double Down on Martha’s Vineyard Stunt

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, having dominated the past several news cycles by flying Venezuelan migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard without notice—a move his critics depict as a particularly cruel attempt ...

Added September 17, 2022

DeSantis Flying Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard Is Part of a 60-Year-Old Segregationist Playbook

On May 22, 1962, Victoria Bell and her 11 children, ranging in age from two to 14, arrived in Hyannis, Massachusetts, after a days-long bus ride to Cape Cod from Little Rock, Arkansas. Amis Guthridge ...

Added September 17, 2022

Far North on the BC Coast, Indigenous Guardians Patrol Their Ancestral Wilds

This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. No one knows how long diesel had been seeping from a crack in the tanker truck, parked ...

Added September 16, 2022

“Sets This History Right”: David Corn’s “American Psychosis” Is a Hit

This week, my colleague, DC Bureau Chief David Corn, released his new book, American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy. And early reviews are coming in. “I have ...

Added September 14, 2022

People Are Telling the Queen to “Rest in Power.” Let’s Not Do That.

On September 8, Queen Elizabeth II passed away. Since then, there has been a global outpouring of grief as Brits mourn the death of their longest reigning monarch. However, I hope that in this time of ...

Added September 14, 2022

State and Local Taxes Make Inequality Much Worse

This story was published in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity. As she opened her $1,600 property tax bill in February, Edith Baltazar suddenly lost her appetite for the eggs she’d prepared ...

Added September 14, 2022

Donald Trump and His Two Forms of Fascism

Editor’s note: These two columns by David Corn first appeared in his newsletter, Our Land. But we wanted to make sure as many readers as possible have a chance to see them. Our Land is written by David ...

Added September 12, 2022

Black or Bot? The Long, Sordid History of Co-opting Blackness Online

In late February, just after Russia invaded Ukraine, my Twitter feed began filling up with videos showing Black exchange students being refused passage on trains fleeing the escalating conflict, while ...

Added September 12, 2022

It’s Been 21 Years and Politicians Still Say the Same Things About 9/11

Twenty-one years ago today, hijackers directed two passenger airlines into the World Trade Center’s twin towers and another into Pentagon. A fourth flight, like headed toward the US Capitol, crashed into ...

Added September 11, 2022

Marjorie Taylor Greene Shows Up to Celebrate Vocational School She Won’t Support in Congress

Here’s the latest installment of Republicans showing up for photo ops and otherwise taking credit for programs they refuse to support in Congress: On Friday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene put on a hardhat ...

Added September 10, 2022

It Didn’t Start with Trump: The Decades-Long Saga of How the GOP Went Crazy

In May, during an Aspen Institute conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the audience, “I want the Republican Party to take back the party, take it back to where you were when you cared about a woman ...

Added September 09, 2022

The Long Fight of Barbara Ehrenreich

In her last years, homebound during the bleak reign of Covid and suffering various maladies, Barbara Ehrenreich did what she always did: she organized an activist collective. This one was a bi-weekly Zoom ...

Added September 07, 2022

Newly Uncovered Emails Show Blake Masters’ Long History of Hating Democracy

On Election Day in 2005, then–Stanford sophomore Blake Masters sent two emails to the listserv of his vegetarian co-op. In the first, Masters, now the Republican Senate candidate in Arizona, urged classmates ...

Added September 07, 2022

“The Bachelorette” Can’t Even Deliver On Its Own Version of Feminism

In the last few years, promos for the reality dating series The Bachelorette have featured covers of feminist anthems like Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me.” In one, the ...

Added September 05, 2022