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Mother Jones

“Crazy Rich Asians” Can’t Be Everything—But It’s Still a Win

Crazy Rich Asians debuted to crazy high expectations this week. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film is one of the first major studio-backed productions to feature an Asian-majority cast in 25 years.

HUD Complaint Says Facebook Discriminated Against Users With Advertising

On Friday, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it had filed a housing discrimination complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act with its advertising
Friday Cat Blogging – 17 August 2018

Friday Cat Blogging – 17 August 2018

Here is Hopper staring intently at some feathers on the end of a stick. They will soon attack her and she will have her revenge. Next week: Friday dachshund blogging!

Heckuva Job, Stevie

The Guardian reports that all climate science at the Department of the Interior is now being reviewed by an old pal of Secretary Ryan Zinke: Prominent US climate scientists have told the Guardian that

The Amount of Toxic Wastewater Produced by Fracking is Unbelievable

This story was originally published by HuffPost. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Fracking companies used 770 percent more water per well in 2016 than in 2011 across all the

Trump Planning Revenge on Bruce Ohr Just Because He Can

From the Washington Post: BREAKING NEWS: Trump says he plans to revoke security clearance for Justice Department official Bruce Ohr “very quickly” Bruce Ohr used to be an associate deputy attorney

Trump Cancels Military Parade, Floats Buying 2/3rds of Fighter Jet

Donald Trump, who skillfully avoided military service and once compared his own promiscuous sex life in the eighties with Vietnam, was forced to cancel his military parade after estimates of its cost
Roger Stone’s Super-PAC Paid the Manhattan Madam’s Mom During the 2016 Campaign

Roger Stone’s Super-PAC Paid the Manhattan Madam’s Mom During the 2016 Campaign

Why did a super-PAC run by longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone pay nearly $5,000 to the mother of Kristin Davis, the so-called “Manhattan Madam,” in July 2016? This may be a question that special

Watch Our Exclusive Studio Interview With “March for Our Lives” Leaders

Mother Jones recently invited three top student leaders from the March for Our Lives movement into our studio to mark the six-month anniversary of the Parkland shooting, and to talk about what they

Internal ICE Emails Show How the Government Set a Trap for Undocumented Spouses of US Citizens

On January 30, Lucimar de Souza, an undocumented immigrant from Brazil, went into a US Citizenship and Immigration Services office to prove her marriage to an American citizen was legitimate. It was a

When Sarah Sanders and the ACLU Teamed Up for Voting Rights

This story was originally published by ProPublica. As the midterm elections approach, Republican state officials and lawmakers have stepped up efforts to block students from voting in their college

It Looks Like the Hush Money to Stormy Daniels Might Be a Big-Time Campaign Finance Violation After All

The Wall Street Journal reported something interesting today about Michael Cohen: back in September 2016, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer contacted him about making a hush money payment to keep Stormy quiet
The Trump Administration Will Not Be Happy About the Forest Service’s New Fire Management Strategy

The Trump Administration Will Not Be Happy About the Forest Service’s New Fire Management Strategy

As wildfires continue to rage across the West during a brutally hot summer, on Thursday the US Forest Service released its new forest fire management strategy that focuses on science and the changing

Seema Verma Edges Higher in 2018 Brass Balls Sweepstakes

Last December Republicans eliminated Obamacare’s individual mandate, which had required everyone to buy individual insurance. “By repealing the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare,” Paul Ryan

Trump’s Favorite FCC Chairman Had a Really Bad Day on Capitol Hill

After a scandalous few weeks for his agency, the chair of the Federal Communications Commission faced the the Senate Commerce Committee during its first oversight hearing in over a year. In the

Are Canadians Dying of Despair Too?

The CDC reports today that about 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year. Of that, 49,000 died of opioid overdoses. That’s an opioid overdose rate of 15 per 100,000. But as Keith Humphreys
Lunchtime Photo

Lunchtime Photo

This is Sentinel Rock in Yosemite National Park. The picture was taken late in the afternoon but before the sun got too low, which provides the warm yellow color. As I recall, I took this on the way

New Omarosa Tape Appears to Back Claim She Was Offered $15,000 a Month to Stay Quiet

A new secret recording released by Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday appears to show President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law offering the former White House aide a $15,000-a-month job shortly
The Era of CEO Super-Pay Appears to Be on Hiatus

The Era of CEO Super-Pay Appears to Be on Hiatus

EPI has an interesting piece today about the growth of CEO pay. It’s the usual story: depending on how you measure it, CEO pay used to be about 20x worker pay, while today it’s 200-300x higher. But I

Read Barack and Michelle Obama’s Statement on the Passing of Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit, aged 76. The former president, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle, released the following statement celebrating her