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How Rand Paul Bailed on His Bold Plan to Reform Big-Money Politics in Washington

This past weekend—days after Mother Jones revealed video of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claiming that Dick Cheney exploited 9/11 to start the Iraq War to boost profits for Halliburton, the military contractor where Cheney had been CEO—Paul claimed in interviews with ABC News and Business Insider that he had never questioned Cheney's motives. Show More Summary

Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?

Illustration: Dale Stephanos As she likes to tell anybody who'll listen, Susana Martinez, the governor of New Mexico, didn't start out a Republican. She and her husband, Chuck, like most everyone else in Las Cruces, had always been Democrats. Show More Summary

Alleged Kansas Gunman's White Nationalist Buddy: He Was "Upbeat" in Last Phone Call

What explains the horrific shootings in a Kansas suburb that claimed the lives of three people? Searching for an answer, I called a jail in Stanton, North Dakota, the temporary residence of Craig Cobb, a white nationalist whom Frazier Glenn Miller, the suspect in these attacks, called a friend during a 2010 radio interview. Show More Summary

Q&A: Ken Burns On Why Memorizing the Gettysburg Address Matters

Since it was founded in 1978, the Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont, has required its students to memorize and publicly recite the Gettysburg Address every year. In his new film, The Address, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns follows the students at this small, all-boys school as they grapple with internalizing Abraham Lincoln's two-minute speech. Show More Summary

A Brief History of Big Tax Breaks for Oil Companies

Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. How it all got started: 1916 The petroleum industry takes off as Americans' love affair with the automobile begins. Show More Summary

Triumph of the Drill: How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways

Advertise on MotherJones.com Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic...Show More Summary

Rand Paul: Bush and Cheney Ordered "Torture"

As the intra-party feud between the Cheney/neocon crew of the GOP and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his fellow intervention skeptics continues, here's another dicey matter for the warring parties to battle over: torture. The Cheney crowd...Show More Summary

How Mike Judge & Co. Are Turning HBO's "Silicon Valley" Into the Next "This Is Spinal Tap"

"Silicon Valley satire nails the culture, geeks say," the Los Angeles Times read. "Mike Judge's Silicon Valley is satire, but feels like a documentary," Slate notes. "Mike Judge skewers Silicon Valley with the satire of our dreams," Wired raves. That's because Judge and company really, really did their homework. Show More Summary

Why This Year's El Niño Could Grow Into a Monster

This story originally appeared in Slate, and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The odds are increasing that an El Niño is in the works for 2014—and recent forecasts show it might be a big one. As we learned...Show More Summary

WATCH: Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War so Halliburton Would Profit

Last week, continuing the sometimes catty intra-party feud between Republican hawks and GOPers skeptical of foreign interventions, Vice President Dick Cheney took a shot at Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But Paul is not likely to be fazed by...Show More Summary

A Political History of "How I Met Your Mother"

How I Met Your Mother is not, nor has it ever been, a political show. It's about Ted Mosby, Marshall Eriksen, Lily Aldrin, Robin Scherbatsky, and Barney Stinson doing funny, touching, and crazy things in New York City. It's about Ted finally finding The Mother of his future children. Show More Summary

More Evidence of Paul Ryan's "Inner Cities" Problem

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2012, was still defending his recent comments about inner-cities culture this week, when he appeared on Fox News and told host Bill O'Reilly, "I don't have a racist bone...Show More Summary

Memo to Political Reporters: It's Okay to Talk Smack About Iowa Farmers

Republicans took a page from the Mother Jones playbook Tuesday and uncovered video of a politician speaking a bit too freely at a private fundraiser. The New York Times' Nick Confessore was quick to dub it "47%"-like. American Rising, an opposition research PAC founded by Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, released a video of Rep. Show More Summary

Contact: The Heartbreaker Benmont Tench

Benmont Tench photographed at Rockwood Music Hall Jacob Blickenstaff Benmont Tench III has helped create the musical fabric of hundreds of records, both as a founding member and piano/organ player of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and...Show More Summary

Just After It All Began, The Universe Sent Us a Text Message. We Just Decoded It.

We all heard the cosmos-stretching news this week. On Monday, a team of researchers working with a special telescope at the South Pole confirmed that they had observed evidence of "inflation," the sudden and rapid expansion of the universe...Show More Summary

Few tears greet the death of WBC's Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps, founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, died on Wednesday night at the age of 84. As the Washington Post noted, not many will shed tears for him ("Dry eyes for Fred Phelps").His 59-year-old Westboro Baptist...Show More Summary

The Money Bracket: What If the Richest Team Won?

Data from the US Department of Education March Madness is big business. The tournament rakes in $1 billion in ad sales, $771 million in broadcast rights, and a countless amount in office pool payouts that you never win. (Players will...Show More Summary

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Cosmos, How Science Got Cool, and Why He Doesn't Debate Deniers

Last Sunday's debut of Cosmos, the rebooted series from Fox and National Geographic, made television history. According to National Geographic, it was the largest global rollout of a TV series ever, appearing on 220 channels in 181 countries and 45 languages. Show More Summary

What These Historical Kings and Marauders Can Teach Our Leaders About Climate Change

There are no two ways about it: Humankind is, for the first time in our recorded history, living through a massive global climate shift of our own making. Science paints today's crisis as unprecedented in scope and consequence. But that...Show More Summary

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