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Sheldon Adelson Goes All In

By Matt Isaacs
Illustration by Dale Stephanos

The billions he made in Chinese casinos may decide the presidential race. But has he overplayed his hand?

Sex Negative

By Becca Andrews
Photographs by Edmund D. Fountain

When my state passed one of the most rigid abstinence-only sex education laws in the nation, I went back to school.

Dreamers of the Golden Dream

By Gabriel Kahn
Photograph by Jamey Stillings

Does California have a blueprint to fix global warming?

Car Trouble

By Gary Rivlin
Illustrations by Ross Macdonald

A subprime boom, insane interest rates, predatory lending, a private-equity frenzy. Sound familiar?


Mixed Media

Food + Health


Following up on her widely cited investigation into the plaintiffs in last year’s Obamacare Supreme Court case, Stephanie Mencimer now profiles the man behind a new crop of litigants challenging long-standing civil rights laws (“Claim of Privilege”); the illustration is by Edmon de Haro, a native Barcelonan who has worked with the New York Times, The Atlantic, and FiveThirtyEight.

1 Matt Isaacs spent years covering gangsters and gambling in Macau with the University of California-Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program (“Sheldon Adelson Goes All In“).

MoJo senior editorial fellow 2 Becca Andrews regularly writes about reproductive health (“Sex Negative”); photographer 3 Edmund D. Fountain lives in New Orleans and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2010.

4 Gabriel Kahn (“Dreamers of the Golden Dream”) covers the intersection of climate and the economy; he is still trying to figure out how far a single charge can take his Nissan Leaf.

5 Gary Rivlin (“Car Trouble”) is an investigative fellow at the Nation Institute and the author of five books, most recently Katrina: After the Flood.

6 Ben Voldman is a Brooklyn-based illustrator who has drawn for web comedy outlet Funny or Die—look online for an animated version of the hermit crab he contributed to this issue (“Killer App”).

Matt Isaacs Edmund D. Fountain
Becca Andrews
Gabriel Kahn Gary Rivlin
Ben Voldman