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Kris Kobach Wants to Make It Harder to Vote Nationwide—But He’s Already Failing Back Home in Kansas

Donald Trump Jr. may be under fire for seeking damaging information on Hillary Clinton from Russian sources and coordinating with WikiLeaks, but the Trump brand remains relatively strong in Kansas. And so on Tuesday, he’s heading there to lend his clout to a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach. It makes sense that Trump […]

The 3 Reasons Republicans Might Vote Down Trump’s Tax Bill

Despite plans to hold a vote by the end of the week, Senate Republicans are still trying to round up the necessary votes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has only two votes to spare on taxes, and at least six of his members have expressed public concern about the $1.4 trillion tax cut. That might not be […]

Trump Makes “Pocahontas” Crack at Elizabeth Warren During Event Honoring Native Americans

On Monday, the White House hosted an event honoring Native American code talkers, who during World War II developed a secret communications system based on their native language that played a crucial role in the war. After initially deferring to his Chief of Staff John Kelly to deliver the ceremony’s remarks, the president took to […]

Sen. Al Franken Apologizes for Groping Allegations, Says He Has No Plans to Resign

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Monday addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct directed at him, saying that he was “tremendously sorry” and hoped to regain the trust of those he has let down, including his supporters and staff. The Minnesota senator also said that he did not intend to resign over the controversy, which include allegations […]

There Are 2 Bosses at the CFPB Right Now. One Is Suing. One Brought Doughnuts.

On Monday morning, two different people showed up for work at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, claiming to be the acting directors of the financial watchdog agency following the departure of its Obama-era director, Richard Cordray, late last week. Show More Summary

The CBO Just Released Its Analysis of the Senate Tax Bill

Last night, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the Senate tax bill. The report concludes that the GOP’s tax bill is bad for the poor from the get-go, and ends up eventually raising taxes on the middle class too. Per the Washington Post: By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be […]

Donald Trump Jr. Wondered If “Weird Twitter” From WikiLeaks Was Real

Donald Trump Jr. seemed flummoxed by a direct message he received from the WikiLeaks Twitter account on September 20, 2016. After the group contacted him, Trump emailed several senior Trump campaign officials to say he had received “a weird twitter,” according to a person familiar with the email. “Not sure if this is anything,” Trump Jr. […]

A Migrant Teen Got the Abortion She Sought. But the Trump Administration Is Still Fighting.

The legal battle over a migrant teen’s right to an abortion appeared to come to a close last month when a federal appeals court allowed the procedure to take place. But the Trump administration is still fighting—to stop other pregnant teens like her from obtaining abortions and to get the Supreme Court to sanction the […]

Escaping a Wildfire and Fighting to Stay Here

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 […]

Here’s How NYC Is Storm-Proofing Its Parks

This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  New York City’s parks are green oases amid glass, concrete, and steel. But though they feel transportive, they’re often not far away from the city’s edge—and particularly those parts of the city’s silhouette that are bordered by waves. Roughly half of the […]

Trump’s War on the Environment Is a Civil Rights Emergency

This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Show More Summary

While You Were Shopping, Trump Set Off a Civil War at a Consumer Protection Agency

Washington remains fairly quiet over the Thanksgiving weekend, but the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—the financial watchdog agency championed by Wall Street critic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and loathed by some Republicans—is...Show More Summary

So Where Are We? One of the Most Brilliant and Intense People I’ve Ever Known Has Some Answers.

I first met Lawrence Joseph in Detroit in 1980 when he was a law professor at the University of Detroit and I was a student at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. He was intense and brilliant, and although his profession may have been law, his true identity was that of a poet—whose first […]

From Joining Protests to Running for Office, Here’s How You Took Action After the Election

On the one-year anniversary of the election, we asked Mother Jones readers what the election inspired them to do—or not do. From marching in protests, voting in local elections, and even running for office, here’s a selection of what we heard. We’ve lightly edited the responses for length and clarity.  Pam Monroe, Baton Rouge, Louisiana I was distraught […]

Journalism Is Imploding Just When We Need It Most

One of the few bright spots this past year was supposed to be the revival of journalism. And to be sure, it’s been a great time for muckraking, with newsrooms bringing home scoop after scoop on the Trump administration. Subscriptions to everything from the New York Times to Mother Jones are up. And for the […]

2 Million Stunning Images of Earth’s Biodiversity Are Now Available for Free

This story was originally published by Slate and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  There are thought to be about 10 million distinct species of plants and animals on Earth. That number is incomprehensibly large, not least because most species are still undiscovered. Show More Summary

You Can Be Most Helpful After a Natural Disaster When the World Has Stopped Paying Attention

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico two months ago, we asked readers what they wanted to know about the crisis. Many of you asked about conditions on the ground, the status of electricity and clean water, and how aid was being allocated. But one of the most frequent questions was about how to help. Whether it was providing funds […]

A Lot of “Ethical Consumers” Are Going to Make Really Unethical Shopping Choices

As a person living in the 21st century, it’s almost inevitable that you’ve had the seamless, fast, and hassle-free experience of shopping online: a few clicks and you’re done without ever needing to interact with anyone, and then your items can show up at your door in as little as a day.  But as the holiday season ramps up, it’s a good […]

Republicans Are Sneaking Right-Wing Social Policies Into Their Corporate Tax Cut

Fetuses don’t file 1040s in April, but they still appear in both Republican tax bills. The reason is simple: giving corporations a massive tax cut is great; doing that while advancing the culture war is even better. “Unborn children” are not the only ones who are singled out in one, or both, of the House and […]

Walking While Black

This story originally appeared on ProPublica and was co-published with the Florida Times-Union. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office issues hundreds of pedestrian citations a year, drawing on an array of 28 separate statutes governing how people get around on foot in Florida’s most populous city. Show More Summary

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