The Insider: July 2014

DARK MONEY DYNASTY: DAN SCHULMAN ON THE KOCHS

Senior editor and bestselling author Daniel Schulman reveals the Koch legacy

DC bureau senior editor Daniel Schulman has written the first in-depth biography on the Koch’s — America’s most powerful and secretive family. We asked him what it is like to be on The New York Times bestseller list, how helping David Corn launch our investigative bureau prepared him for writing a book when the subjects won’t pick up the phone…oh, and something about a men’s room and a peep show. Read more.

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Traffic to Mother Jones reached a new record high on June 30 with more than 3.1 million pageviews—55 percent higher than the previous daily record set on September 17, 2012, when David Corn broke the 47 percent story in the heat of the presidential campaign. In 2010, we averaged 3.1 million pageviews a month. Last month we did that in just one day. Driving the attention was a series of articles on the Supreme Court’s controversial Hobby Lobby ruling, providing readers with a one-stop shop on a critical breaking story. Read more here.

In the wake of the tragedy in Texas where six out of seven members of the Stay family were killed, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) tweeted several quotes from Hannah Levintova and Dana Liebelson’s article on how lax gun restrictions for abusers contribute to increased domestic violence. Blumenthal introduced an amendment that would “restrict those under temporary restraining orders from purchasing or possessing a firearm.”

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) also tweeted the story, referencing her own proposed legislation, the Domestic Violence Survivors Protection Act, which would extend the firearms ban for abusive spouses to dating partners.

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Nieman Journalism Lab called our digital interactive editor, Tasneem Raja, one of "the smartest thinkers on data." Her feature, "We Can Code It!" was covered by everyone from The New York Times to Marie Claire.

Schulman was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss his new book on the Koch dynasty.

Engagement editor Ben Dreyfuss and his sister Emily talked about their dad’s most famous and misquoted movie at NPR and NBC Nightly News.

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