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Have You Seen Mitch McConnell's Facebook Page?

| Wed Apr. 17, 2013 10:01 PM EDT

The classy folks over at Team McConnell posted this status update to the Senator's Facebook page after the defeat of the watered-down Manchin-Toomey background checks compromise. For a dose of reality, read some of the devastating quotes from the disappointed families of victims of the Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shootings in Gavin Aronsen's story on the vote.

Screenshot of Mitch McConnell's Facebook page. 

 The status message that accompanies the post implies that they didn't make the meme-style image themselves:

As of 10:00 p.m. EDT the post had not been taken down even as Facebook users posted thousands of highly critical comments. 

UPDATE, Thursday, 5pm EDT: Buzzfeed reports that this meme image originated on the Comedy Central Indecision Tumblr and was the work of Comedy Central blogger Ilya Gerner. McConnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton (of "gestapo" fame) had this to say:

The meme was sent to one of our staffers in an email chain. It made us laugh, so we decided to post on the campaign facebook page.

Watch: How Election Day Played on MoJo's Homepage

| Thu Nov. 8, 2012 7:20 PM EST

If you spent much time on MotherJones.com over the last few days you probably noticed our homepage looked a little different than usual. Election Day was a culminating event for the reporters and editors here, who've been busting their humps to cover the long-running campaign, from the GOP primary circus to the conventions to the voter suppression tactics and problems at polling places on Tuesday. So we went big and splashed the homepage with a touch of tabloid—including a moment of particular pride around here, after Obama officially clinched 47 percent of the vote and then some. You can see all our headlines from Election Day, starting with "Endless Lines" and proceeding in chronological order, in the GIF below. Thanks for spending this election cycle with us. You guys are the best.

mother jones home page election day

Your Weekend Longreads List on Bullying

| Sat May 12, 2012 3:05 AM EDT

longreadsWith bullying in the news this week after the Washington Post's investigation into Mitt Romney's private school years (more on this here, here, and here), I polled the Mother Jones newsroom for their favorite long-form journalism on bullying. For more long-form picks from the MoJo staff check out our shiny new page on longreads.com. For more long stories from the pages of Mother Jones, check out our longreads archive. And, of course, if you're not following @longreads and @motherjones on Twitter yet, get on that. Have a great weekend, readers!



"What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?" | Emily Bazelon |  Slate | July 2010

Bazelon has owned the bully beat over at Slate the last few years and this deeply reported and brave series pushed back on the initial narrative of the Phoebe Prince suicide. 

"I'm upset and angry that bullying wasn't taken more seriously here before this," says Nina, almost 16, who was taunted for being a "poseur" by a group of girls in middle school. (I have changed the names of kids who talked to me but have not already been identified in the press.) But Phoebe's death "has been turned into this Lifetime movie plot. It's so unlike what actually happened."

Recommended by Mother Jones co-editor Monika Bauerlein.
 

Queer and Loathing: Does the Foster Care System Bully Gay Kids? | Jason Cherkis | Mother Jones | November 2010

The crisis facing gay foster kids told through the story of Kenneth Jones.

As a gay foster child in Washington, DC, Kenneth spent most of his weekends alone. By the summer of 2009, the isolation had gotten so bad that he'd started calling his cell-phone carrier's help line with imaginary complaints, just so he could vent to somebody about something. He would even text himself encouraging messages, like "Good job," or "Damn you so strong."

Recommended by senior editor Michael Mechanic.

"How to Bully Children" | Sarah Miller | The Awl | March 2012

A hilarious and moving account of the writer's experience sitting in on an anti-bullying class for 5th graders.

In an attempt to convey that I have literally nothing to do with the world of punishment and rewards that they currently inhabit, I add, out of laziness more than anything else, "I'm totally cool." This is a mistake.

Recommended by creative director Tim J Luddy and social media intern Nicole Pasulka.
 

"A Boy's Life: For Matthew Shepard's Killers, What Does it Take to Pass as a Man?" | JoAnn Wypijewski | Harper's | September 1999

Recommended by co-editor Clara Jeffery.
 

"The Teen Suicide Epidemic in Michele Bachmann's District" | Stephanie Mencimer | Mother Jones | July 2011

Two years. Nine suicides. Why critics blame the congresswoman's anti-gay allies for contributing to a mental health crisis.

The first was TJ. Then came Samantha, Aaron, Nick, and Kevin. Over the past two years, a total of nine teenagers have committed suicide in a Minnesota school district represented by Rep. Michele Bachmann—the latest in May—and many more students have attempted to take their lives. State public health officials have labeled the area a "suicide contagion area" because of the unusually high death rate.

Some of the victims were gay, or perceived to be by their classmates, and many were reportedly bullied. And the anti-gay activists who are some of the congresswoman's closest allies stand accused of blocking an effective response to the crisis and fostering a climate of intolerance that allowed bullying to flourish. Bachmann, meanwhile, has been uncharacteristically silent on the tragic deaths that have roiled her district—including the high school that she attended.

Recommended by online editor Sam Baldwin.

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