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Plan C
Millions of women are already living in the post-Roe world. Abortion rights activists are preparing for whatever’s next.
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Civics Lesson
Gov. Matt Bevin should be a shoo-in for reelection. But Kentucky’s educators could give him a failing grade in November.
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Approach The Bench
ONE MORNING in February, Brittney, a baby-faced 17-year-old with short black braids, stands in front of a juvenile court judge in Compton, California, talking about kittens. Brittney had been in and out of the justice system since she was 14, after t
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Matt As Hell
“Yesterday I saw a lady at Publix use her ‘Access’ welfare card. Her back was covered in tattoos. RT if u support entitlement reform.” In 2013, taking to Twitter to mock a participant in Florida’s public assistance program “This lawsuit reads like
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Burn. Build. Repeat.
CALIFORNIA’S WILDFIRES ARE GETTING WORSE. SO WHY ARE WE STILL DEVELOPING IN THE DANGER ZONE?
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Contributors
To tell the story of a small Oakland public school’s closure, EDWIN RIOS spent this spring roaming its locker-lined halls, watching YouTube with its sixth graders, and getting deep with the school principal (“Class Warfare,” page 4). Rios, who has sp
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Hold The Line
Donald Trump has made it even harder for people to seek refuge in the United States. Attorney Carlos Spector has pushed back—and pushed himself to the brink.
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When Your Rapist Demands Custody
More states are banning abortion without exceptions for rape. But what happens to women who must carry their pregnancies to term?
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Failure To Lunch
BACK IN 2010, then–first lady Michelle Obama launched a nefarious scheme to turn school cafeterias into liberal indoctrination zones. Or at least that’s how Obama’s right-wing opponents portrayed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, a law she spearhead
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Where Roe Doesn’t Reach
While people worry about a world in which abortion access is no longer protected, the women of Mississippi are already living in it.
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Are You Sure You Want To Quit?
CAN THE VERY online ever unplug? The question has spawned a cottage industry: everything from offline vacations and “digital detox” apps to books about how we might uncouple ourselves from an economic order in which our very attention is a commodity.
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Judge Dread
IN FEBRUARY 2018, in a small courtroom in rural Louisiana, an Eritrean man was fighting an impossible battle. The man, whom I’ll call Abraham—he asked that his real name not be used—was trying to convince immigration judge Agnelis Reese that he shoul
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Stretching The Canvas
IN JUNE, New York’s Museum of Modern Art closed its doors for four months to renovate its permanent collection. This was an expansion in every sense, not just of the collection but of the modern art canon it embodies. MoMA was carving out more space
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Doctor Woo
Jen Gunter made a name for herself by calling out Gwyneth Paltrow and the wellness industry. Now she has an even bigger target.
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Class Warfare
BEHIND THE cheerful faces in these photos is a bitter reality. The life and death of Roots International Academy are in many ways the story of how Oakland, California, reached what education historian Diane Ravitch calls its “inflection point,” a mom
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How We Trashed Recycling
IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, you’ve looked at a paper coffee cup or an empty tube of toothpaste and thought, “Is this recyclable?” before tossing it in the recycling bin, hoping someone, somewhere, would sort it out. People in the waste management industry cal
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Investigate Less, Smile More
Sen. Richard Burr walks the line between probing the Trump-Russia scandal and providing cover for the president.
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Troll Story
How Matt Gaetz used bullying, his dad’s money, and a whole lot of sucking up to Trump to become a star
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You Can’t Go Home Again
EIGHT YEARS of civil war in Syria have uprooted more than half the country’s prewar population. More than 6 million people are displaced internally; another 6 million have fled the country. With ISIS defeated and Bashar al-Assad still firmly in power
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Thou Shalt Not Till
IN EARLY MARCH, just a week before the Midwest was inundated by catastrophic flooding, a dozen farmers gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in Grinnell, Iowa, for an event billed as a conversation about “Faith, Farmers, and Climate Action.” “How
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Patriot Games
IF YOU’VE SPENT enough time on the internet over the last three years, you’ve probably come across Scott Dworkin, a.k.a. @funder. The 36-year-old is the cofounder of a super-PAC called the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, a podcast host, and an oc
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Map Quest
ON A FRIGID MARCH morning, Eric Holder strode into a brick union hall on the west side of Milwaukee, across from a credit union and an auto body shop. The Merrill Park neighborhood was once the center of the city’s Irish political machine, filled wit
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Knotty By Nature
IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, officials in Toledo, Ohio, announced that the city’s tap water was no longer safe to drink. A toxic algae bloom caused by fertilizer runoff had poisoned Lake Erie, the primary water source for the area’s half-million residents,
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How the War Was Spun
AMONG SYRIAN PRESIDENT Bashar al-Assad’s most reliable allies are the armies of Twitter bots, trolls, and digital defenders who have been quick to spread confusion in the wake of his government’s atrocities. Russia has often been at the center of thi
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Contributors
Mother Jones Washington, DC, Bureau Chief DAVID CORN is the co-author of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. After covering Russiagate for years, he thought he needed a breather and turned hi
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An American in the Islamic State
BEHIND THE FENCE of a refugee camp in the green plains of northeastern Syria, a white woman approaches from the sea of tents. Her long brown hair spills out of a beanie, and there is a black tattoo of a kiss on her neck. She tells me she’d like to ta
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Weight Of The World
ON ELECTION NIGHT 2016, Kim Cobb, a professor at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, was on Christmas Island, the world’s largest ring-shaped coral reef atoll, about 1,300 miles south of Hawaii. A climate scientist, she was
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Gut Instincts
For decades, counting calories was seen as the key to staying fit. There are a few—actually a trillion—little problems with that.
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In The Ruins Of Raqqa
“WHAT’S UP WITH THE CAMERA?” asks the wild-looking American special forces operative standing outside my car window. He has a sculpted beard, angry eyes, huge tattooed arms, and an M16 slung across his chest. I’ve just entered Raqqa, and his large wh
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Stranger Dangers
THE CHILDREN WERE being sodomized in secret underground tunnels. Their captors drank blood in front of them and staged satanic ritual sacrifices. Sometimes the kids were filmed for pornographic purposes. In total, some several hundred children were s
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