Magazine Issue
Mother Jones 10/01/16
Mother Jones1 min readSociety
From The Editors
We have made a few corrections and clarifications to the online version of our July/August story “My Prison Experiment.” We misidentified the impetus for and findings of an FBI investigation into the management of the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC)
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Uoutgunned And Outmanned
The nation’s top gun cops are underfunded and buried in bureaucracy—just the way the NRA wants them.
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Guns N’ Poses
B.S. A brief history of the ATF—and the efforts to hamstring it 1934: Responding to Tommy-gun-toting bootleggers, Congress passes the National Firearms Act, the first federal gun law. It requires the registration of machine guns and short-barreled
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Targeting The Trolls
One congresswoman is trying to get cops, techies, and politicians to stop brushing off online harassment.
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Land Of The Fee
This company helps immigrants get out of detention if they wear ankle monitors. It can be an expensive ticket to freedom.
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Putting Lynching On The Map
Maura Ewing On a Sunday afternoon in May, more than 100 people gathered on a grassy knoll sandwiched between a swamp and a construction company lot on the eastern outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee. Two high school juniors, Khamilla Johnson and Khari B
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No Country For White Men
HOW DONALD TRUMP TOOK A WORKING-CLASS NARRATIVE OF UNFAIRNESS AND TWISTED IT TO HIS ADVANTAGE
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Rust Belt Blues
Pema Levy ON A STORMY MORNING in June, about a dozen union leaders dutifully filed into the back of the Yankee Kitchen restaurant, a homestyle diner outside Youngstown, Ohio, to come up with a strategy for defeating Donald Trump. “You all know what
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Here I Stand
BEN SASSE IS TAKING ON TRUMP AND DEMANDING A NEW KIND OF POLITICS. BUT ARE REPUBLICANS READY FOR A REFORMATION?
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Minor Threats
Why thousands of girls have been jailed for talking back, staying out late, or skipping school
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Black Teachers Matter
DARLENE LOMAX WAS PART OF A GENERATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATORS DETERMINED TO MAKE SCHOOLS WORK FOR ALL CHILDREN. WHO DROVE THEM AWAY?
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Reading Rainbow
ONE AFTERNOON LAST fall, I found myself reading my picture book The Sea Serpent and Me to a group of schoolchildren in the island nation of Grenada. The story is about a little girl who befriends a tiny serpent that falls out of her bathroom faucet.
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O Brave New Penitentiary
Maddie Oatman THE PROLIFIC AUTHOR, poet, and playwright Margaret Atwood first hit it big with The Handmaid’s Tale, her 1985 novel in which women are tightly controlled as reproductive vessels. Less known, perhaps, but no less richly rendered, is her
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A Brief History Of Handwriting
Madison Pauly 3200 B.C.: With stylus and clay tablets, ancient Mesopotamians create abstract symbols to represent syllables of their spoken language. 600s: Quill pens and parchment paper take hold in Europe. Drippy ink discourages pen lifting, henc
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The Case For Lo Pro
YOU MIGHT NOTICE, the next time you go grocery shopping, that supermarket aisles are turning into one big advertisement for protein. The health claims are everywhere. Wheyhey ice cream—“20 g of protein per pot”—promises to help with “losing weight” a
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Farmer In The Dell
YOU DON’T SEE self-driving cars taking over American cities yet, but robotic tractors already roar through our corn and soybean farms, helping to plant and spray crops. They also gather huge troves of data, measuring moisture levels in the soil and t