James West

James West

Senior Digital Editor

James West is senior digital editor for Mother Jones, and before that, the senior producer for its reporting project Climate Desk. He wrote Beijing Blur (Penguin 2008). James has a masters of journalism from NYU, and has produced a variety of award-winning shows in his native Australia, including the national affairs program Hack. He's been to Kyrgyzstan, and also invited himself to Thanksgiving dinner after wrongly receiving invites for years from the mysterious Tran family.

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Trump’s First Term According to SNL: Americans Can't Handle How Great Everything Is

| Sun Nov. 8, 2015 1:40 AM EST

While demonstrators yelled outside NBC's Manhattan television studios protesting his immigration policies, billionaire mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump became the first presidential front-runner to ever host Saturday Night Live. Starting with a self-aggrandizing and self-mocking monologue while flanked by two SNL Trump imitators, the presidential hopeful then starred in a sketch set in the oval office a year into his first term as president.

"I bought you the check for the wall," says the visiting President of Mexico. "Consider it an apology for doubting you." Syria is fixed. There's a new national anthem, and Ivanka Trump is having the Washington Monument plated with gold. "Wow, that's going to look so elegant," says Trump. Watch below:

And of course, there was Trump dancing to the internet thing of the moment, Drake's "Hot Line Bling":

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The State Deptartment Just Released an Email Showing How Hillary Clinton Learned to Use Emoji—and It’s Awwwww

| Fri Oct. 30, 2015 4:47 PM EDT

The State Department published more Hillary Clinton emails Friday afternoon from her time as secretary of state, adding an additional 7,000 pages to the public record, and marking the halfway point in the department's release plan, according to ABC News.

Paige Lavender, senior politics editor at the Huffington Post, tweeted this genuinely adorable gem from the new collection, featuring an exchange between "H" and her senior adviser Phillipe Reines:

:) :) :)

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