Mother Jones Magazine Cover : May + June 2015

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  • Attack of the Killer Beetles

    An army of tiny predators is chewing Western forests down to stumps. Should we be cheering them on?

  • Hung out to Dry

    A dodgy clinic. A reality TV crew. AWOL state regulators. How a twenty-something alcoholic’s last best hope took a fatal turn.

  • Rand Identity

    His posse of roguish political operatives made Rand Paul one of the hottest names in conservative politics. Will they also torpedo his 2016 hopes?


After Stephanie Mencimer first raised the question of whether the plantiffs in the Obamacare case had standing (“In Search of the Obamacare 4“), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked about it during oral arguments before the Supreme Court; the illustration is by Matt Chase, who lives in Washington, DC, and has done work for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and the New York Times.

Mark Follman, Julia Lurie, and Jaeah Lee (“What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?“) are part of a Mother Jones team that’s been investigating gun violence since the 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado; the package’s photographers include 1 Carlos Javier Ortiz, whose work is in the Library of Congress’ permanent collection, and Pulitzer Prize winner Preston Gannaway.

2 Justin Maxon (“Black Deaths Matter”) has documented unsolved killings in Chester, Pennsylvania, for nearly seven years; the text is by 3 Kai Wright, the former editor of Colorlines, and MoJo editorial fellow 4 Edwin Rios.

5 Maddie Oatman (“Attack of the Killer Beetles“) traveled to her native Rocky Mountains to report on an infestation that threatens to deforest the West.

6 John Hill (“Hung out to Dry“) spent a decade covering state government for California newspapers, winning a George Polk Award in 2004; the art is by Barcelona-based collage maker Max-o-matic.

Carlos Javier Ortiz Kai Wright
Justin Maxon
Edwin Rios Maddie Oatman
John Hill