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Mother Jones January/February 2019

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why does the press keep helping trump?

THE “MAGAZINE” was mostly laughable, with its bad cartoons and headlines that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a fifth-grade Halloween flyer. But it was also a perfect metaphor for the 2018 election and the fight that we’re in for the next two years. The 40-page hunk of glossy paper was campaign literature for Devin Nunes, the Republican congressman best known for using the House probe of Russian election interference to peddle conspiracy theories about a plot against Donald Trump. Thanks to that notoriety, Nunes faced an unusually strong challenge in 2018. But the campaign he chose to run was not really against his Democratic opponent, Andrew Janz. It was against the hometown newspaper, the Fresno Bee (which, for what it’s worth, had endorsed him in every single campaign of…

9 Min.
hammer time

SOMETIME IN THE mid-1990s, I was talking to a senior Clinton White House official who was in a lousy mood. After Republicans had seized control of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in four decades, they had launched a blizzard of investigations of the Clintons—some legitimate, some less so—and the administration was now besieged by a ton of requests for information and interviews. Whitewater, Filegate, Travelgate, the Vince Foster suicide, campaign finance irregularities, and more—the gop demanded documents on all of it. (And this was before the Monica Lewinsky scandal.) One House Republican chairman on his own issued more than 1,000 subpoenas. This Clinton official complained to me that under these circumstances it was damn tough for the White House to conduct regular business—overseeing the federal government,…

12 Min.
kind of blue

OF THE MANY concession speeches on November 6, Beto O’Rourke’s was probably the only one to feature a fog machine. It almost would have been weirder if it hadn’t. The Democratic congressman’s long-shot bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was defined at every step by an almost relentless opposition to orthodoxy. He swore off pollsters and money from political action committees, stumped in all 254 Texas counties, and livestreamed everything—a town hall with asylum-seekers, road trips with members of Congress, early morning jogs. Hoarse, sweaty, and still wearing his “I Voted” sticker, O’Rourke addressed supporters from a stage at a Triple-A baseball stadium in downtown El Paso, attempting to distill what the last 20 months of their lives might mean for what comes next. Though his own plans remained unclear, he…

6 Min.
unlock the vote

PHOEBE EINZIG-ROTH, a 19-year-old freshman at Atlanta’s Emory University, moved to Georgia in August and was excited to vote in her first election. But when she went to her polling location near campus on Election Day, election officials told her she’d been flagged as a noncitizen. Even though she’d brought three forms of identification—her Massachusetts driver’s license, passport, and student ID—she was forced to cast a provisional ballot. Three days later, she went to confirm her citizenship at the local election office, where she was assured her vote would be counted. But she kept checking Georgia’s online “My Voter Page” and there was no record it had been. She posted a picture of herself on Facebook wearing an “I’m a Georgia Voter” sticker and wrote, “The thing that infuriates me the…

2 Min.
rise of the swamp creature

WHILE INTERIOR SECRETARY Ryan Zinke grabs headlines for a dubious land deal and ethically questionable private plane trips, his unobtrusive deputy, David Bernhardt, has been hard at work remaking the department that oversees the nation’s public lands and parks. If Zinke succumbs to ethics challenges or retires to run for governor of Montana in 2020, Bernhardt is perfectly positioned to take his slot. For now, he’s working quietly behind the scenes as what the director of the Sierra Club’s public lands program calls “the guy doing the dirty work.” 1 Bernhardt got his start in the swamp, working as a Washington, DC, lobbyist representing a range of fossil fuel clients, including Cobalt Inter national Energy, Delta Petroleum, and Freeport LNG. 2 As a senior offcial in President George W. Bush’s Interior Department,…

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alabama miracle

ALABAMA state Sen. Trip Pittman had always sort of questioned whether nursery schools were worth the investment. Pittman, a conservative Republican, figured the kinds of things you’re supposed to learn before kindergarten—washing your hands, tying your shoes, minding your manners—might best be taught by parents and grandparents at home. Conservatives often argue that kids who attend preschool fare no better than those who don’t. So in 2013, when a proposal came before the Legislature to expand a state preschool program for four-year-olds, Pittman was on the fence. The folks from the Alabama School Readiness Alliance, a group backing the proposal, were persistent, though. They were sure they could win the senator over if only he would come see the program in action, and so one day he did. Pittman visited a…