Mother Jones Magazine Cover : July + August 2014

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  • Cover Story
  • Koch vs. Koch

    Corporate espionage. Messy divorces. Sailing skulduggery. For America’s most powerful family, taking on Obama is just one more knock-down, drag-out fight.

  • We Can Code It!

    It’s time to unlock the tech economy for the rest of us.

  • Life Is Cheap

    Can DeVone Boggan slash his city’s murder rate by paying people not to kill?

  • The Defenders

    How a squad of ex-cops in Ft. Lauderdale learned to question authority and give accused criminals a fighting chance.

  • Children Crossing

    Officials have been stunned by a “surge” of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border.

  • About a Boy

    About a Boy

    Director Richard Linklater’s 12-year movie shoot…

  • A Life Observed

    A Life Observed

    …and the boy actor who grew up on set

  • Going Long

    Going Long

    Graphic-novel noir from cartoonist Jules Feiffer

  • Dunks Like a Girl

    Dunks Like a Girl

    Brittney Griner on dunking like a girl

  • More book, film, and music reviews


Patrick Caldwell spent hours manipulating the federal courts’ archaic records system to document Eugene Scalia’s efforts to thwart financial reform (“Strict Obstructionist“); the story’s illustration is by 1 Daniel Adel, whose painting of George W. Bush is in the National Portrait Gallery.

Michael W. Robbins (“Hell on Wheels“) is the editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

For his new book, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, 2 Daniel Schulman conducted hundreds of interviews with friends, family, and the eldest of the four Koch brothers (“Koch vs. Koch“); the piece’s art is by Miriam Migliazzi and Mart Klein, who are often, but not always, based in Germany.

3 Tasneem Raja (“We Can Code It!“) was first captivated by computers as a grade-schooler navigating the DOS command line to install games.

4 Jason Fagone (“The Defenders“) is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of Ingenious, a book on inventors and the future of cars; 5 Tristan Spinski reports that Charles Bronson “would have to stand on his mom’s shoulders to measure up” to the ex-cops he photographed for the piece.

6 Ian Gordon‘s reporting on immigration (“Children Crossing“) was supported by the French-American Foundation.

Daniel Adel Tasneem Raja
Daniel Schulman
Jason Fagone Ian Gordon
Tristan Spinski