Conservatives Stage Meltdown Over New York Times’ 1619 Slavery Series

Imago/ZUMA On Sunday, the New York Times launched its much-anticipated 1619 Project, an entire magazine issue dedicated to examining the lasting legacy of slavery on the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of enslaved Africans in America. The reception to the initiative was overwhelmingly positive, with many applauding editor Nikole Hannah-Jones for spearheading a journalistic […]

The South Just Loves Executions

In an op-ed about the death penalty in the New York Times today, I came across a link to a fact sheet about executions in America. I guess this is no surprise, but if you want to know which region keeps the whole industry alive, here it is: Breaking it down by state is also […]

Let’s Make the Military Into a Trump Reelection Machine!

U.S. Navy/ZUMA Over at the Washington Post, Hugh Hewitt gives Donald Trump some advice about how to win reelection: tell the Navy to build more stuff in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. I’m not joking or exaggerating. Hewitt is very explicit about the whole thing: A focus on Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin need not be limited […]

Behold the Return of the Amazing New Zealand “Owl Parrot.” Look at It Dance!

Kākāpō Recovery/New Zealand Government It’s Sunday, and before we begin another long week, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate some good news we discovered after going down a fascinating recent Twitter hole: the kākāpō, the world’s fattest parrot, long on the verge of extinction, is making a glorious comeback. Fluffy and flightless, these […]

Organized Religion Is Having a Bad Few Decades

The last few decades sure have been bad ones for organized religion. Conservative Christians have decided that the sum total of the Bible is about reestablishing the sex and gender mores of the 19th century. Liberal protestantism is so unassuming that hardly anyone even remembers it exists. The Catholic Church has been responsible for the […]

Another Miami Herald Bombshell Spotlights Epstein’s Extreme Privileges in Florida Lockup

Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2008.Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post/AP/File Women’s underwear. Twenty-two tubes of toothpaste. And lots and lots of coffee. These were among the commissary purchases that disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein made about a decade ago while serving a 13-month stint in a Palm Beach jail for soliciting […]

Mass Shootings Are an American Epidemic. We Are Relentlessly Investigating the Culprits.

Mark Helenowski/John Locher/Mother Jones/AP When twin gun shootings rocked America earlier this month, killing 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Mother Jones did what Mother Jones does: We marshaled resources and flew a reporter to El Paso, and we connected breaking news trends to our extensive history of investigating this epidemic, the […]

Bernie Sanders Just Promised to Cut the Nation’s Prison Population in Half

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks a rally Kentucky in July.John Minchillo/AP Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) unveiled his plan to reform the criminal justice system on Sunday, with proposals to cut the country’s incarcerated population in half, ban private prisons, legalize marijuana, and end mandatory minimum sentencing, solitary confinement, and the federal death penalty. “America’s prisons are […]

Another Incredible Drone Video Reveals the Enormity of New Hong Kong Protests

Gregor Fischer/DPA via ZUMA Press Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters braved a downpour on Sunday to once again jam the streets of Hong Kong. As night fell, the police-sanctioned venue for the demonstration, Victoria Park, was still filling up. CNN reported that central Hong Kong was so stuffed with people it was, yet again, […]