Mother Jones March/April 2021

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Mother Jones national affairs editor MARK FOLLMAN has been investigating the rise of far-right extremists for years. He’d been warning about Trump’s incitement of violence weeks before the siege of Congress. Afterward, security experts told him that replacing Trump was only the start to combating the newest wave of extremism. (“American Carnage”). He is at work on a book about preventing mass shootings. Since she began covering voting rights four years ago, reporter PEMA LEVY has been obsessing over Section 2 of the 14th Amendment (“Or Other Crime”). She realized three little words in the Constitution had stymied efforts to restore ballot access to former offenders. In case after case, courts had twisted the amendment, originally meant to expand the franchise, to prevent more Black people from voting. BOYCE UPHOLT is a…

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“we didn’t know what we had.”

The newspaper where I learned not to take no for an answer died quietly, a week before the election. The cover story was on hard times in the restaurant industry; the illustration, in classic alt-weekly fashion, was a fork bent so that it raised a middle digit. The piece included the line “You have to adapt or die. Sometimes you adapt and die.” And with that, City Pages in Minneapolis–St. Paul joined the nearly 2,000 papers that have gone dark around the nation. The last time someone ran the numbers, in 2018, one in five of America’s newspapers had been shuttered, and the devastation continues. The threat to democracy posed by the erosion of local news is finally starting to be recognized. But there’s been less said—perhaps because, quietly, some are relieved—about…

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american carnage

Even the wifi password was a signal. Attendees at President Donald Trump’s rally in Dalton, Georgia, on January 4 who wanted to log in to the Make America Great network had to enter the phrase into their devices: “SeeYouJan6!” Trump was in town that night ostensibly to boost two Republican Senate candidates, but he spent much of his speech railing about the “stolen” 2020 election—and inciting supporters to descend on the nation’s capital two days later. “They’re not taking this White House,” he declared, Marine One spotlighted behind him. The crowd roared. “We’re going to fight like hell.” Throughout the summer and early fall, amid polls forecasting a Trump loss, the president and his surrogates had ramped up their baseless claims that the election would be tainted by massive fraud. (The…

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cleaning up georgia

"You ever been here?" Yterenickia Bell asks me as we wait for the door to the Cascade Skating Rink to be unlocked. “It’s historic,” she says, ushering me out of the December rain and into the fluorescent-lit roller-skating spot in west Atlanta’s Adamsville neighborhood. “People have been gathering here for years.” The rink is awaiting the night crowd. Video games sit silent in a corner. The snack bar is dark except for a flashing neon sign. But it’s not empty: a handful of people in orange shirts and masks are chatting at the other end of the rink before braving the rain to get out the vote for Senate candidate Raphael Warnock. Bell is the GOTV director for Care in Action, an advocacy group whose members are mostly nannies, housecleaners, and…

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“i never thought i’d be standing in one of those lines.”

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inside jobs

In the time between his election loss and Joe Biden’s inauguration, Donald Trump rushed through dozens of federal appointments. Most rewarded loyalists with cushy, largely ceremonial positions on boards and commissions. But many were “burrowed in,” a process wherein a lame-duck president converts political appointees into civil servants who the next president will have a hard time getting rid of. Both political parties have used this trick, but Trump took the practice to new extremes. “Burrowing in general is a problem,” says Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. “I think that the likelihood is that there’s quite a bit more problems than we’ve seen in the past.” Here are a few of the holdovers and their new gigs: KELLYANNE CONWAY US Air Force Academy’s Board of Visitors…