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Facing Down Jim Crow. Again.
On September 3, 1868, Henry McNeal Turner rose to speak in the Georgia House of Representatives to fight for his political survival. He was one of 33 new Black state legislators elected that year in Georgia, a revolutionary change in the South after
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The Dark Money Behind Voter Suppression
By Ari Berman If the restrictive voting laws sweeping states across the country seem oddly similar, it’s no coincidence. Mother Jones and the watchdog group Documented obtained a video in which a prominent conservative dark money group bragged to don
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Mr. Troll Goes to Washington
I've seen many things at the Conservative Political Action Conference over the years, including many things I wish I hadn’t. But until Ted Cruz spoke to a ballroom of activists from the main stage in Orlando in February, I had never seen an elected o
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Well into the 19th century, the word “inflation” referred mostly to bodily phenomena. It meant an enlargement of hot air in your stomach, a cancerous growth, a swollen organ, an imminent fart. Samuel Johnson’s dictionary from 1755 called it “the stat
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Caution To The Wind
Brandon Armbruster just wanted to keep his students safe. The chief operating officer of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, Armbruster spent the spring and summer of 2020 diligently preparing for students to return—designing outdoor clas
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Shape Shifter
Kyrsten Sinema wasn’t the only Democrat to vote against including a $15 federal minimum wage in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill in early March, but she was the only one whose vote became a meme. The clip itself is short and sparse: Sinema, the 44
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Amazon’s Army
Everything about Amazon is big—including the revolving door between its Seattle headquarters and Washington, DC. Major corporations have always enticed ex-officials to sign on to lobby their former agencies, win and manage government bids, offer stra
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Early last year in the Fox Hills neighborhood of Culver City, California, a man named Wilson Truong posted an item on the Nextdoor social media platform—where users can interact with their neighbors—warning that city leaders were considering stronger
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Still Fronting
In 1963, Walter Gadsden, 15 years old, was attacked by a police dog during a protest on the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. The moment was captured by Bill Hudson of the Associated Press. His photograph was later said to have brought the world to the
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Empire of Dirt
As eye-popping new fortunes emerge from the shadowy digital domain of cryptocurrency, a more tangible asset has caught the attention of some of the nation’s wealthiest investors: farms. Bill Gates, the software oligarch turned philanthropist, along w
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After spending the last two years learning about equities and investing as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia Business School, Mother Jones reporter HANNAH LEVINTOVA put the education to work investigating Robinhood’s trading app (“Who Really Gets R
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A Ride, Not a Privilege
This is the year we almost let public transportation die. The cuts that cash-strapped transit agencies proposed before being bailed out by Congress—eliminating 40 percent of New York City’s subway service, a fifth of the DC region’s Metro stations, t
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Transitioning 2.0
By August, Felicity Giles knew it was time. Her happiness was long overdue. The 36-year-old trucker changed her name, adopted the middle name Saoirse—“freedom” in Gaelic—and started looking into medically transitioning. “It was mainly an attempt to b
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Who Really Gets Rich from Robinhood
Alex Kearns started trading stocks on an app called Robinhood in 2018, two years before he threw himself in front of a moving train. The University of Nebraska sophomore and ROTC cadet was the only person in his family who used the app, but he had ta
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Los Deliveristas
On a sunny Saturday in March, Gustavo Ajche and Ligia Guallpa welcomed two dozen food delivery couriers to a morning rally in lower Manhattan. As mimosa drinkers filled SoHo cafes’ outdoor tables, couriers lined up for hot chuchitos, Guatemalan tamal
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“Are You Screwed Without Trump?”
So, reader, have you been following the news less lately? As the CEO of a news outlet, God, I hope so. I’m not supposed to say that. Reach, eyeballs, ratings, traffic—so much of the conventional wisdom about what journalism is revolves around those n
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Total Recall
Randy Economy feels “blessed.” The conservative radio broadcaster and ex-Trump campaign volunteer says he’s spending up to 17 hours per day on what he calls his life’s greatest work: the drive to kick California Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office. From
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Stars and Strife
“Hello, deplorables!” That’s how Amy Kremer greeted the thousands of Trump supporters she had helped gather at the Ellipse in Washington, DC, on January 6 to “stop the steal.” Resplendent onstage in a bold leopard-print shawl, with the White House ri
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Watching the Watchers
Hey fellow parents of preschoolers: Raise your hand if you know the Paw Patrol theme song by heart. After the past year, who can blame you? In the first few weeks of the pandemic alone, kids’ screen time hit six hours a day—a 500 percent increase—a s
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Moving the Needle
On a cloudless February day, in the shade of a white tent set up in a small parking lot in San Francisco’s Mission District, Dina Gonzalez rolls up her left sleeve to receive her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. She had recently recovered from COVID
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Biden’s Muse
In February 2019, Joe Biden paid the University of Delaware a visit to celebrate the renaming of its public policy school in his honor. Biden, a famously middling student, feigned sheepishness over his alma mater’s tribute and suggested the honor rea
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A Fair Slice
The lockdowns last March nearly spelled doom for Joe Squared, a pizzeria and music venue in Baltimore’s arts district. The popular eatery already had some outstanding debts from a recent expansion; all of a sudden it had to curtail its hours and shut
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The “Machine That Eats Up Black Farmland”
Once, Valee Taylor and Renee Stewart’s family was among the largest Black landowners in North Carolina’s Orange County, a rectangle of farm country running north from Chapel Hill. In the 1930s, after a life of sharecropping, the siblings’ grandfather
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Asset Bubble
Deadly viruses don’t care what’s in your wallet, but socioeconomic privilege and access to wealth do wonders when it comes to not simply surviving a plague but cashing in on it. Having spent more than a year prior to the pandemic doing research for a
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The Good Fight
If a journalist's life is measured in how many malefactors they pissed off, Jim Ridgeway’s time on earth was successful beyond words. In a career—really, a commitment—that spanned six decades of what we used to call the alternative press, Jim was a f
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In reporting on Black families’ attitudes about kids resuming in-person learning (“School’s Out”), MELINDA D. ANDERSON interviewed moms who felt unheard. “Listening to the transcripts was like a Black church—preaching and testifying,” she says. “The
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Black Land Matters
In the decades before the Civil War, one of the South’s largest slave enterprises held sway on the northern outskirts of Durham, North Carolina. At its peak, about 900 enslaved people were compelled to grow tobacco, corn, and other crops on the Stagv
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This Land Is Not Your Land
1830: The Indian Removal Act allows the government to seize the lands of Native peoples in the East and South in exchange for a “colonization zone” west of the Mississippi River. The Trail of Tears soon follows. 1848: The lower Rio Grande Valley beco
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The Truth About Reconciliation
Last October, the city council in Greensboro, North Carolina, met for a special session. The meeting was held at 7 p.m. over Zoom, and with most of the nine commissioners connecting from their living rooms, it had all the ambiance of an online poker
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Taxpayer Dollars
In late February, a caucus of Republican legislators wrote a three-page memo to rally opposition to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Highlighting “liberal goodies” in the bill, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) explained that his group had
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