September/October 2014 Issue
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One court sent him to prison for shooting a woman. Another set him free over bad police work. Was the NRA's top lawyer railroaded—or a "bad guy with a gun"?
Can Moms Demand Action do to gun extremists what MADD did to drunk drivers?
Income inequality is worse now than in ancient Rome.
How a nerdy, bipartisan education reform effort freaked out both the tea party and the teachers' unions.
Ravenous for energy, China calls on Halliburton to go after shale gas.
A trove of secret cables show how Hillary Clinton's State Department sold fracking to the world.
Young, pregnant, scared, alone—and in front of a hostile judge
1 Dana Liebelson convinced some tight-lipped Silicon Valley programmers to talk about the future of "deep learning" ("Do Androids Dream of Electric LOLCats?").
2 Molly Redden ("Judicial Restraints") reports frequently on reproductive rights issues; last year she broke the story of morning-after pills' ineffectiveness in women weighing more than 165 pounds.
3 Dave Gilson searched municipal archives and visited crime scenes in South Bend, Indiana, to unearth a gun rights crusader's dark past ("The NRA's Murder Mystery"); he also assembled this issue's chart package on inequality ("Survival of the Richest") with graphics by 4 Mattias Mackler, who says he would rather own a fat cat than be one.
Mariah Blake ("The Chevron Communiqués") blames global warming for keeping customers away from—and sapping the profits of—her family's just-sold New Mexico ski hill; the story's art is by 6 John Ritter, who lives in western Pennsylvania, above the well-fracked Marcellus Shale.