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Mother Jones November/December 2018

Mother Jones is a nonprofit news organization with a bi-monthly magazine that delivers bold and original reporting on the urgent issues of our day, from politics and climate change to education and the food we eat. We investigate stories that are in the public’s interest. From revelatory scoops to deep-dive investigations, Mother Jones journalism is award-winning storytelling that informs and inspires 10 million monthly readers.

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contributors

Mother Jones Washington bureau chief DAVID CORN was the first to report, in 2016, on a dossier produced by a former British intelligence officer that alleged that the Russian government had tried to cultivate Donald Trump as an asset. Two years later, Corn goes beyond the Russia inquiry to lay out the dire stakes of this year’s midterm results (“The Most Important Election of Our Lives,” page 6). As a journalist in the 1990s, ALEX STEFFEN reported on the environment from four continents. In the 2000s, as the head of WorldChanging.com, he explored ideas for designing a sustainable future. Today, as a speaker and “planetary futurist,” he argues that a snap forward in climate policies is inevitable. The question is how soon it is coming (“The Last Dinosaur,” page 44). TERESE MAILHOT…

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stand for something

THE OTHER DAY I had a long chat with a veteran editor I admire about what he said was Mother Jones’ “bias.” Just admit it, he said. You’re partisan. Otherwise, why would you have so many articles about corruption and malfeasance by Donald Trump and Republicans? It was around the time that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty, Paul Manafort was convicted, and an anonymous op-ed warned that even the president’s own team is scared of what he might do. I thought, “Seriously? How could we not throw everything we’ve got at this massive struggle for our democracy?” But I knew that didn’t quite do justice to his question, and when the full answer finally crystallized, it was—isn’t it always?—too late. So I’m trying to unpack it here. The last two years have brought some…

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the most important election of our lives

You hear it almost every time: This is the most important election of our lives. And there’s usually an element of truth. Ronald Reagan defeating Jimmy Carter led to an orgy of tax cuts for the wealthy and a blitz of deregulation that altered the US government and American society. The 1994 election brought Newt Gingrich to power as House speaker and a so-called Republican Revolution that ensured a national health insurance program sought by Bill Clinton would stay dead. George W. Bush’s Supreme Court-imposed victory over Al Gore placed in office a man who would launch the disastrous Iraq War that claimed the lives of more than 4,400 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. Elections are always crucial. But this year, it really, really is the most…

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house cleaning

IF DEMOCRATS win one or both houses of Congress in November, they’ll have a real say in how the country is run for the first time since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Even if the White House and the gop won’t cooperate with them, there are still a lot of things Dems could do to bring back some checks and balances: Block bills: Republicans can’t repeal Obamacare or keep cutting taxes for the wealthy if they aren’t running Congress. Conduct oversight and investigations: According to Axios, the gop is already preparing for Democrats to launch dozens of probes if they win the House. The list of possible topics includes the Trumps’ business dealings, the Stormy Daniels payoff, the firing of former fbi Director James Comey, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s business dealings, the travel ban,…

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better dead than red

DAVID CORN: You were a golden boy of conservative punditry. You joined the Wall Street Journal editorial page in 1994 at 24. You were the op-ed editor four years later. You became a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and a blogger for Commentary. You were in neocon heaven—a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, an adviser to John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. You were one of the major voices in favor of the Iraq War. And you say with great introspection and humility, “I can finally acknowledge the obvious: It was all a big mistake. Saddam Hussein was heinous, but Iraq was better off under his tyrannical rule than the chaos that followed. I regret advocating the invasion and feel guilty about all the…

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fringe fest

THE CARPETBAGGER: Corey Stewart, Virginia’s Republican Senate candidate, has built his political career around defending Confederate monuments — despite being born and raised in Minnesota. In 2017, Stewart met publicly with the man who would later organize the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia; after a neo-Nazi allegedly killed Heather Heyer there, Stewart blamed “half the violence” on anti-racist counter-protesters. He also endorsed Paul Nehlen, an anti-Semite and self-described “pro-white” candidate who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seat. DOCTOR WHOO: After Kelli Ward announced her candidacy against Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (who has since decided not to run again), President Donald Trump tweeted, “Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake.” Before she was knocked out…

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