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Mother Jones January/February 2018

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Reporter JULIA LURIE has dedicated more than a year to covering the opioid epidemic for Mother Jones, talking to users, dealers, doctors, and politicians from the cornfields of Ohio to the sidewalks of Baltimore (“Busted,” page 20). For this issue, she shadowed cops in suburban Maryland as they raided dealers’ homes, responded to overdose scenes, and struggled with the blurry line between perpetrator and victim. ADAM HOCHSCHILD began noticing signs of government spying (“A Nation of Enemies,” page 52) when he took part in the movement against the Vietnam War. In the late ’70s, around the time he cofounded MoJo, Hochschild filed a Freedom of Information Act request that returned more than 100 heavily redacted pages of cia, fbi, and military intelligence files on himself—many filled, he notes, with garbled facts. JAMILAH…

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do you struggle with trump fatigue?

Do you sometimes get an overwhelming urge to just unplug from the news? Back in October, we asked readers at MotherJones.com whether they have been dealing with Trump fatigue. The responses blew us away, and you can read some of them to the right. It’s certainly been an exhausting year, with the rumors, halftruths, contradictions, and flat-out lies coming at us 24/7. And this exhaustion may be no accident. In 2016, the research organization rand published a study of Kremlin propaganda. It identified the distinctive technique as the “firehose of falsehood”—a spray of deceptive messages across many channels, in rapid succession, with little to no grounding in reality or even internal consistency, that “entertains, confuses, and overwhelms” people. Sounds familiar, right? Whether President Donald Trump and his associates are employing the firehose…

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OF THE MANY public takedowns of RoseAnn DeMoro, the boss of the largest nurses’ union in America, one of the funniest is a campy YouTube video called “The Devil Wears Scrubs.” The DeMoro character arrives for a job interview wearing a red cape and horns and carrying a toy pitchfork. The interviewer hands her a job description. “Wait a minute!” says devil DeMoro, looking offended. “It says here I’ll be expected to engage in underhanded and covert activities, including potentially unduly influencing other unions’ elections, union raids, and member intimidation.” She would also have to lie, misrepresent her union activities to the press, “and basically try to force every state nurses’ association in the country to follow our political agenda even if they disagree with it.” “Uh, yeah,” the interviewer replies.…

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no man is an island

IDEOLOGICALLY, Nimia Vicens and her brother José Juan Vicens Huertas, my grandfather, were polar opposites. In a family of 12 children, they represented extremes in the spectrum of Puerto Rican identity: Nimia was a noted poet and an active member of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, known for its fervent calls for Puerto Rican independence from the island’s colonial rulers and, to the party’s enemies, occasional terrorist bombings. José Juan, a politically conservative World War II veteran who served in Europe and retired from the National Guard as a one-star general, had no interest in Puerto Rican autonomy. Instead he hoped his country would become the 51 state, with its residents enjoying the same rights as other US citizens. My father, José Javier Vicens Morales— who died in 2016, and whom…

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smoked out

WHEN HE FIRST smelled smoke, Luis just thought a neighbor was having a barbecue. But the scent lingered, and the 25-year-old aspiring neuroscientist soon learned that a forest fire was barreling straight toward his home in Santa Rosa, California. He dashed out the front door, jumped in his Saturn, and sped toward the highway through fumes so thick they swallowed his headlights. Within hours, Sonoma County’s Tubbs Fire— the most destructive blaze in the state’s history—would incinerate the house Luis shared with his father, sister, and grandparents, as well as about 2,900 of his neighbors’ homes. In coming days, he would think back on the belongings he’d left behind, like the paper lantern his girlfriend had pieced together from origami stars. At least he had grabbed a folder of precious…

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a note from mother jones

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