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These California Maximum-Security Prisoners Are Making an Album

Inmates at California's New Folsom prison are slowly creating a sequel of sorts to Johnny Cash's hit record, and if an early preview of one song is any indication, their mix of folk, soul, blues, and hip-hop may be worth the wait. The...Show More Summary

GOP Chair of the Science and Tech Subcommittee: I Didn't Vaccinate My Kids

Rep. Barry Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican who recently became the chair of a key congressional subcommittee on science and technology, didn't vaccinate most of his children, he told a crowd at his first town hall meeting last week. Loudermilk...Show More Summary

How US Companies Stash Billions Overseas—Tax-Free

Once again, the Obama administration has set its sights on American companies that stash untaxed revenue abroad. Its 2016 budget, unveiled earlier this week, proposes to stick a one-time "transition toll charge" of 14 percent on the more than $2 trillion in corporate earnings parked overseas, regardless of whether they're brought back stateside. Show More Summary

Last Year America Sent Special Ops Forces Into Almost 70% of the Countries in the World

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. Show More Summary

Contact: The Downsizing of Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois Jacob Blickenstaff More From CONTACT: Jackson Browne Sean Rowe Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes Liam Bailey Thomas Bartlett and Martin Hayes Aaron Freeman Ben Watt Joe Henry Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell As a producer, Daniel Lanois...Show More Summary

A Tiny Island. Millions of Crabs. Terrifyingly Awesome Photos

An Australian wildlife official inspects migrating red crabs on Christmas Island, in 2013. Xu Yanyan/Xinhua/ZUMA This month, an eerily precise annual migration began in earnest on a tiny Australian island about 500 miles off the coast...Show More Summary

RATKING: Gritty, Grimy Hip-Hop That Totally Grows on You

The rat king is a haunting image from European folklore: a bevy of rats, tangled together by their tails and thought to grow together as a bunch. (Rat king characters also make appearances in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics and...Show More Summary

"Food Chains" Looks at the Real Cost of Your Cheap Tomatoes

Food Chains opens at the break of dawn, as tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida, hustle onto buses and out to the fields where they spend long hours trying to pick enough fruit to survive. Late in the evening they return to cramped trailers, with barely enough wages to purchase groceries for a family meal. Show More Summary

4 Stupid Conservative Arguments Against Net Neutrality, Debunked

Last week, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas set off a firestorm of ridicule when he took to Twitter in an attempt to mock the concept of net neutrality: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate...Show More Summary

These Simple Charts Show Why the US-China Climate Pact Is Such a Big Deal

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The big climate news of last week, indeed maybe of the past several years, was the surprise announcement of a bilateral US-China agreement setting targets for CO2 emissions out to the year 2030. Show More Summary

This Jeopardy Champ and Proud Geek Gives Swirlies to Gamergaters In His Spare Time

Like Disney and the WWF, the game show Jeopardy! has its villains—or at least one, in the form of Arthur Chu, the 30-year-old Cleveland native who took home nearly $300,000 after winning an 11-game streak and seemingly pissing off half of America. Show More Summary

Röyksopp and Robyn Meet the Inevitable End

Most bands don't announce their final album in advance. That designation is typically applied post-facto, when once-harmonious bandmates descend into irreparable squabbles on the road. But Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp has declared...Show More Summary

A Princess Bride Memoir? Inconceivable!

A purple-haired woman stops in front of the actor Cary Elwes' table among the shelves of San Francisco's Book Passage. "Can I just say, 'Thank you for my childhood?'" If Elwes were slicker, or perhaps more full of himself, he might have...Show More Summary

Jon Stewart's New Film Is Very Real, and Frighteningly Familiar

First there was the initial optimism, the confidence that this was all a misunderstanding, and once they found out who you really were they would let you go. Then there was your conviction that you were innocent, that you had nothing to hide. Show More Summary

Adam Savage on #Gamergate, Hollywood, and Women in Science

Last week, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival, I had the chance to interview Mythbusters host and producer Adam Savage for a live episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast. Savage is a science evangelist, and he's been instrumental in educating huge numbers of people on how science works and why it's so much fun. Show More Summary

Republican David Perdue Wins Georgia Senate Race

There weren't many bright spots on the map for Democrats this year. But in Georgia, the party was hoping that Senate candidate Michelle Nunn might harness the state's changing demographics for an upset against GOP nominee David Perdue. The...Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell Wins Reelection

We have entered the McConnellsance. After 18 months, this YouTube video, and a staggering $73 million in campaign and outside spending, Mitch McConnell, a senator who was sometimes more despised in his deep-red home state than President...Show More Summary

How 3,500 Voters in North Dakota Could Put the Brakes on America's Biggest Fracking Boom

The run-up to tomorrow's midterm elections has seen an unprecedented spending surge from environmental groups. Climate and energy issues—from fracking in Colorado to coal mining in Kentucky—have taken center stage. But a far less prominent...Show More Summary

7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby is facing some truly formidable opposition. Show More Summary

The Mother Jones Guide to Evil NBA Owners

Advertise on Six months ago, the NBA rid itself of its worst owner, perpetual sleazebag Donald Sterling. Everyone praised the swift, harsh punishment meted out by commissioner Adam Silver for Sterling's racist tirade—well, almost everyone. Show More Summary

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