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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

Lay Off the Artisanal Ice, You Ignorant Hipsters

If you want to understand the latest trend in craft cocktails, you could do worse than to listen to Outkast. What's cooler than being cool is indeed ice cold. Specifically, it's stored at negative two degrees, sculpted with a Japanese band saw, and retails for $1 a cube. Yes, artisanal ice is now a thing. Show More Summary

Is Your Judge for Sale?

Illustration by Mark Hammermeister The 30-second TV spot is stark and brutal. First it shows the bespectacled face of candidate Louis Butler, then a grainy mug shot of an ex-con. "Louis Butler worked to put criminals on the street,"Show More Summary

Mitch McConnell Can Barely Form a Coherent Sentence About Obamacare Now

Mitch McConnell came prepared with a soundbite. The Affordable Care Act, the Republican Senate minority leader declared during a debate Monday, is "the worst piece of legislation in the last half-century," and needed to be pulled out...Show More Summary

Charts: How the Recovery Left Most Americans Behind

Advertise on The Great Recession officially ended five years ago, but that's news for millions of Americans: A stunning 95 percent of income growth since the recovery started has gone to the superwealthy. If an average...Show More Summary

Susan Collins Says She Voted Against The Government Shutdown Last Year. Um, Really?

Late last month, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine released a new campaign ad bragging that she tried to avert the government shutdown crisis last year, when tea party GOPers held the federal budget hostage in an effort to take down Obamacare. Show More Summary

Endless War

Under the Shadow of the Drone Leah McInnis The silver bird circles in the sky, its lawnmower rasp mingling with the loud birdsong audible on the ground, and the cries of children. Two men drink coffee on a balcony: steam rises from their glasses in the sharp morning light. Show More Summary

This Author's Juicy YA Novels Would Be Banned in Her Parents' Homeland

When Sara Farizan presented early drafts of her young-adult novels at writing workshops, her fellow graduate students at Lesley University often responded with a stunned "Huh." The YA genre tends to be dominated by wizards and trolls, but here was Farizan writing about gay teenage sexual angst. Show More Summary

Portraits of 11 of the Americana Music Festival's Most Intriguing Acts

The Americana Music Association, which just wrapped up its 15th Americana Music Festival, is not so much about defining a genre as it is about circling the wagons around a wide variety of roots-influenced styles and staging a big-tent meeting for the faithful. Show More Summary

What's the Matter With Sam Brownback?

Illustration by Roberto Parada One Wednesday afternoon in mid-August, Govs. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Chris Christie of New Jersey stopped for a photo op—and $54 worth of pork ribs and sausages—at Oklahoma Joe's, a gas station barbecue joint on the outer fringe of Kansas City. Show More Summary

How Does This GOP Senate Candidate Keep Getting Away With Such Terrible Gaffes?

This year's Iowa Senate race—a key contest that could determine whether Republicans gain control of the upper body—has so far not been shaped by titanic policy issues. Instead, farm animals have played a larger role. GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst, who is up against Democratic Rep. Show More Summary

GOP Candidate's Twitter Feed Calls Neo-Confederate Website an "Interesting Read"

In a race that could decide which party controls the Colorado state senate, Republican state senate candidate Don Suppes is fending off accusations that his campaign tweeted out a link to a neo-Confederate website that denigrates gay...Show More Summary

36 Bits of Good News to Cure Your Ocean Blues

We know: Beginning a series on current ocean news seems like a bleak proposition. Between the expanding garbage patches and relentless rise of warming seas, positive stories aren't exactly growing on trees. So we've gone to the trouble...Show More Summary

How the NRA Degrades and Objectifies Women

Recently the National Rifle Association has aimed to boost its appeal among women. Last year it launched its "new and improved" NRA Women's TV Network, and it has hired several accomplished female gun enthusiasts as official NRA News commentators. Show More Summary

This GOP Benghazi Hearing Is Actually Worth Having

Benghazi! It's back. On Wednesday, the select committee on Benghazi set up by House Speaker John Boehner—who yanked this conservative crusade from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and handed it to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)—will stage its first public hearing. Show More Summary

This Man Wrote Hundreds of Letters Warning Politicians Not to Lie. It Worked.

With less than two months until the 2014 elections, the political falsehoods are rolling in. Consider the Colorado Senate Race, between incumbent Democrat Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner. Trying to brand himself...Show More Summary

Welcome Back to Silicon Valley's Biggest Sausage Fest

The TechCrunch Disrupt conference now underway in San Francisco is arguably the most important annual gathering for tech startups. It's also a notoriously hostile environment for women, as made clear by last year's conference, whoseShow More Summary

Contact: Wandering Troubador Sean Rowe's Inner Madman

Sean Rowe Jacob Blickenstaff More From CONTACT: Liam Bailey Thomas Bartlett and Martin Hayes Aaron Freeman Puss n Boots Ben Watt Joe Henry Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell Benmont Tench Sean Rowe began his music career 10 years ago in his hometown of Troy, New York, playing covers in bars for a living. Show More Summary

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