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Nearly 100 Confederate Monuments Were Toppled Last Year. What Happened to Them?

This project was funded in part by the Pulitzer Center. It’s been a long time since I sat in an American history class, but what I remember of my education in Jacksonville, Florida, in the 1980s and ’90s ...

Added October 22, 2021

What if Everything You Know About Murder Rates and Policing Is Wrong?

Homicides across the United States rose by an estimated 30 percent in 2020, the largest one-year increase on record, according to recently released data from the FBI. But don’t jump to conclusions about ...

Added October 21, 2021

What If Everything You Know About Murder Rates and Policing Is Wrong?

Homicides across the United States rose by an estimated 30 percent in 2020, the largest one-year increase on record, according to recently released data from the FBI. But don’t jump to conclusions about ...

Added October 21, 2021

Home Was a Nightmare, Then Home Was Prison. Finally Home Is Now a Refuge.

The first thing you notice when you walk into Nilda Palacios’ apartment is that it’s spotless—a blanket is carefully folded on the back of the couch, the floors shine, and cereals and supplements are meticulously ...

Added October 21, 2021

What If Everything You Know About Murder Rates and Policing Is Wrong

Homicides across the United States rose by an estimated 30 percent in 2020, the largest one-year increase on record, according to recently released data from the FBI. But don’t jump to conclusions about ...

Added October 21, 2021

Home Was a Nightmare, then Home Was Prison. Finally Home Is Now a Refuge.

The first thing you notice when you walk into Nilda Palacios’ apartment is that it’s spotless—a blanket is carefully folded on the back of the couch, the floors shine, and cereals and supplements are meticulously ...

Added October 21, 2021

Republicans Are Planning to Hijack the Next Election. Dems Are Squandering Their Chance to Stop Them.

In March 2021, before the Senate held its first hearing on the For the People Act, the Democrats’ sweeping democracy reform bill, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told me that her party had a “once-in-a-century ...

Added October 20, 2021

A New Odd Couple on the Right: Roger Stone and Ammon Bundy

Anti-government extremist Ammon Bundy, who is running for governor in Idaho, is celebrating an endorsement from longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone—a step that unites what might seem like disparate strands ...

Added October 20, 2021

Biden’s Pick to Lead CBP Just Confirmed Trump’s Harsh Border Policy Isn’t Going Anywhere

While today’s confirmation hearing for President Joe Biden’s pick to lead Customs and Border Protection didn’t produce fireworks, it was notable in at least one aspect: The Biden administration is still ...

Added October 20, 2021

Republicans Are Passing Rigged Maps and Democrats Are Running Out of Time to Stop It

It took Texas Republicans less than 30 days to pass redistricting maps for Congress and the state legislature that will help them retake the US House in 2022 and entrench control of state politics for ...

Added October 19, 2021

To Save the Corn Belt, Plant Trees

America’s corn belt—a broad swath of land stretching from Nebraska to Ohio—ranks as the globe’s most agriculturally productive region during the summer months. Its farms churn out the bulk of domestically ...

Added October 19, 2021

Ammon Bundy Faulted Trump. Now He’s Touting an Endorsement From One of Trump’s Most Loyal Advisers.

Anti-government extremist Ammon Bundy, who is running for governor in Idaho, is celebrating an endorsement from longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone—a step that unites what might seem like disparate strands ...

Added October 18, 2021

Why Are Successful Black Men Assumed to Be Athletes or Entertainers?

During a trip to Las Vegas, I arranged to interview a wealthy source in his fancy hotel suite. At the resort in question (and probably at all of them), there was a separate entrance to the area where the ...

Added October 18, 2021

Colin Powell Dies of COVID

Colin Powell, the highly decorated Army general who was the former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, national security adviser, and secretary of State, died Monday at Walter Reed Medical Center from ...

Added October 18, 2021

A Jim Crow–Era Murder. A Family Secret. Decades Later, What Does Justice Look Like?

Joyce Faye Nelson-Crockett was 13 years old in 1955, dancing to a jukebox in the Hughes Cafe on a Saturday night in East Texas with her sister and her 16-year-old cousin, John Earl Reese. The boy had come ...

Added October 18, 2021

Why Are Successful Black Men Assumed to be Athletes or Entertainers?

During a trip to Las Vegas, I arranged to interview a wealthy source in his fancy hotel suite. At the resort in question (and probably at all of them), there was a separate entrance to the area where the ...

Added October 18, 2021

Climate Disasters Leave Undocumented Immigrants Up the Creek

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When Hurricane Ida hit New York City on September 16, it dumped more than three inches of ...

Added October 17, 2021

Are These Black Leaders on the Cusp of a New National Movement?

With everything going on these days—we’ll spare you the requisite list of existential crises we’re currently living through—now seems like the perfect time to hear from two leaders who have a revolutionary ...

Added October 15, 2021

The Stories of What People Need to Do For An Abortion Under Texas’ Ban Are Insane

It’s been a little over a month since Texas’ SB 8, a law that bans abortions after six weeks, went into effect. And in the court filings of the continued fight overs its constitutionality we’re already ...

Added October 15, 2021

The Stories of What People Need to Do For An Abortion Under Texas’s Ban are Insane

It’s been a little over a month since Texas’s SB8, a law that bans abortions after six weeks, went into effect. And in the court filings of the continued fight overs its constitutionality we’re already ...

Added October 15, 2021

What Does It Mean to Call Someone a “Male Chauvinist Pig”?

It would be hard to deny today that the male chauvinist pig is still alive and kicking, running amok in his own filth. The election of Donald Trump and his “grab ’em by the pussy” regime mixed misogyny ...

Added October 15, 2021

Who Keeps Us Safe?

Early on a Saturday morning in June 2015, a passerby notices a silver BMW stopped at an off-ramp in Oakland, California. The car’s turn signal is on, and the motor is running, but it doesn’t move as the ...

Added October 14, 2021

Don’t Expect Any Justice for Haitians Who Were Abused at the Border

“They’re deporting evidence right in front of our eyes,” Patrice Lawrence told me recently. “We saw 15,000 people under a bridge, and today we see no one. They have expedited the deportation of people ...

Added October 14, 2021

Mother Jones November/December 2021 Issue

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Added October 13, 2021

Is Sucking Carbon Out of the Air the Solution to Our Climate Crisis?

In British Columbia, there’s a little valley where the Squamish River snakes down past the cliffs of the Malamute, a popular hiking spot. The hills in all directions are, like much of BC, thickly forested ...

Added October 12, 2021