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- Cover Story
What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?
THE SURVIVORS: Victims tally the everlasting damage after a shooting.
BY THE NUMBERS: Police, ERs, wheelchairs—and that’s just the beginning
THE UNSOLVED MURDERS: Why is it so hard for families of color to get justice when a loved one is killed?
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.
His posse of roguish political operatives made Rand Paul one of the hottest names in conservative politics. Will they also torpedo his 2016 hopes?
Raiders of the Lost Archives
Hillary hunters descend on Little Rock— again!—to dig up the Clintons’ dirt.
In Search of the Obamacare 4
The gang who could shut down the Affordable Care Act
The Hobby Lobby Effect
Colorado’s contraception war
Syria’s Monuments Men
Meet the archeologists scrambling to save Syria’s treasures.
Ted Cruz vs. Ted Cruz
TED Talks or Kim Jong-un
Quiz: Can you tell a thought leader from a Dear Leader?
- MIXED MEDIA
Super Agent Man
Jeremy Piven on Entourage and beyond
I Was a Meth Baby
Growing up behind bars
Love in the Time of Islamophobia
Muslim girl talk
The New Black
Toni Morrison goes high fashion.
- FOOD + HEALTH
A Tale of Two Diseases
Rich disease, poor disease
How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?
You’re almost certainly eating too much sugar.
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.