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Mother Jones November/December 2019

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She’s no longer a New Yorker, but NATHALIE BAPTISTE was born in Brooklyn, where controversial HUD administrator and Trump family friend Lynne Patton (“Lynne Patton’s Unreality Show”) is making waves. Baptiste, a Mother Jones reporter and former fellow, also reports on Congress, the climate, and the justice system, including capital punishment’s enduring legacy in the United States. Investigative journalist and Type Investigations fellow SETH FREED WESSLER is grateful to the attorneys who—pro bono, for more than two years—helped him litigate the FOIA requests that drove his investigation of the US Marshals Service’s detention standards (“Marshals Law”) and the deaths of detainees in its custody. Wessler won a 2018 Peabody Award for his reporting on public financing of Confederate memorials. As a fifth grader watching Party of Five, HILLARY KELLY heard her first-ever…

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squad goals

“ALL OF THIS is brand new,” says Alex Morse, the 30-year-old mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He’s waving a tattooed arm in the direction of several dozen brick factories and warehouses, towering vestiges of this former mill town’s once-thriving paper industry. They appear largely vacant and in various states of disrepair, yet as we enter what was once the Judd Paper Company, his point becomes clear. The building now houses a trendy bistro, an art gallery, an events venue, and an airy co-working space that Morse is using to prepare for a primary challenge to one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s close allies, a powerful Democrat named Richard Neal. More than half of the city’s old warehouse space has been transformed during Morse’s eight years as mayor. (Among the most notable uses:…

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party crashers

Jamaal Bowman (New York 16th): The 43-year-old founder and principal of a Bronx middle school is running to unseat Rep. Eliot Engel. Engel, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee, is at odds with some squad members over their support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement aimed at Israel. Marie Newman (Illinois 3rd): In 2018, the former advertising exec nearly toppled eight-term Chicagoland Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the last anti-abortion House Democrats. Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List are backing her, as is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Adem Bunkeddeko (New York 9th): The son of Ugandan refugees, the 31-year-old Harvard Business School grad is mounting his second challenge to Rep. Yvette Clarke. His 2018 run was endorsed by the New York Times, which described Clarke’s accomplishments as “regrettably far between.” Cori Bush (Missouri 1st):…

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lynne patton’s unreality show

“YOU HAVE NOT been the kindest journalist to me,” Lynne Patton told me over the phone. I could not argue with that: In reporting on her rise from Trump family aide to a key official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, I’ve covered her one-month stay in public housing and her Instagram post scoffing at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Yet as I watched Patton with fascination, what I really wanted to know was this: Is the most prominent black woman in the Trump administration for real? Or is she just playing the role of the loyal black friend in a reality TV presidency? Black conservatives like Patton, long confusing to liberals, are positively confounding in the age of Trump. Why do they stick by a president who makes openly…

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speak softly and carry a big schtick

ONE OF THE recurring storylines of the Trump era: Things are going off the rails, but never fear—first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump is quietly working behind the scenes to be the least-awful member of the administration, details of which are conveniently leaked to the press: February 2017: The New York Times reports that Ivanka and sidekick Jared Kushner “helped kill” an executive order rolling back LGBTQ protections. April 2017: Politico reports that Ivanka has “quietly reached out to” Planned Parenthood as part of her “listening tour.” April 2017: Eric Trump tells the Telegraph that a “heartbroken and outraged” Ivanka pushed her father to launch missile strikes on Syria after a chemical attack. May 2017: Ivanka, who Axios states is “passionate” about climate change, is said to be working behind the scenes…

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apartment therapy

WHEN SHE FIRST got out, little things like crossing the street were difficult for London Croudy. “When you’re in prison, the only thing you’re thinking about is going home. You plan all these things in your mind, and then all of a sudden you get out and reality hits you,” Croudy says. “They are like, ‘Go find a job and get this ID,’ and you’re like, ‘Oh my god, Uber—what the hell is that?’ I feel left behind sometimes.” After serving eight years of a 13-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute heroin, Croudy was released to live in a halfway house in Oakland, California, run by the private prison company GEO Group. She had to share a room with several people, and the beds and food were similar to those in…