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Is that truck hauling a nuclear bomb down I-95?; Sterilized against their will; Fiscal tyrants hijack Michigan's public sector.; Obama's war on Cheerios (and poker and capitalism and...); Big Tobacco's enemy No. 1; No sperm left behind!
Jen Pahlka's army of tech stars reboots America—one city hall at a time.; Timothy Noah on closing the income gap; Buzz Bissinger's long, strange father-son road trip; Regina Spektor riffs about fleeing the USSR, dolphin noises, and Jiminy Cricket.; plus book and music reviews
Cover illustration by Gary Taxali
In our cover package, Monika Bauerlein, Clara Jeffery, Stephanie Mencimer, and Tim Murphy ("WTF, GOP?") explore why Republicans seem determined to blow an election that was theirs to lose. Artist Gary Taxali, who drew this issue's cover, has also created a children's book, a line of vinyl figure toys, and the cover art for the latest Aimee Mann album.
2 Daniel Shea's coal photos have been shown in museums all over the world.
According to Mother Jones environmental correspondent 3 Julia Whitty ("The Power of One"), one measure of the improved health of Rasa Island is that its gulls pelted her with 400 percent more guano in 2011 than in 1980.
4 Florence Williams ("The Few. The Proud. The Afflicted"), who writes about a breast cancer cluster at a Marine base, is the author of the new book Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History. Photographer 5 Grant Delin's work has also appeared in Interview, W, and Vogue.