Yearly Archives: 2009

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The Forecast for Alaska: Extreme Weather

When Mother Jones posts stories from the magazine to the Top Stories box, they like to have a post on the blogs drawing attention to the piece. This was my write-up of a long-but-interesting story I fact-checked for the November/December issue. … Continue reading

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Climate Change or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

In his post, reflecting on the fleeting chance of a global climate agreement, Nick writes, “there simply isn’t much precedent in human history for comprehensive global agreement on tough issues.” I disagree. As the Montreal Protocol to prevent the depletion … Continue reading

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American Hikers to Face Trial in Iran

For some reason the editors-in-chief, who have been closely following this case because Bauer last wrote for Mother Jones, wanted me to chop the last two paragraphs. I’ve included that upbeat bit added-value reporting to this version of the post. … Continue reading

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The Pentagon’s Latest Body Armor Debacle

This piece was originally intended for the top story box on MotherJones.com. However, after three drawn-out revisions, the news cycle had moved on. I decided to post it here anyway because it features original reporting that illuminates one example of … Continue reading

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Obama’s Jobs Speech Raises Troubling Questions

UPDATE: My review of the speech was picked up by the AtlanticWire and prominently featured on today’s Need to Read list. President Barack Obama has spent much of his term, from the stimulus bill pushed through shortly after he took … Continue reading

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Twilight of the Town Car?

This was originally a thoroughly well-researched pitch for a sidebar in Mother Jones‘ forthcoming Wall Street/Washington issue, due out in January. I made the first lineup but this narrative piece was dropped in favor of more facts and figures. Disappointing, but I’m glad … Continue reading

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Economists Agree: Cut Carbon, Save the Economy

I’ve been researching the issue of climate change economics for months now so I’m happy to finally publish something on the subject–and just in time for the kick off of the Copenhagen Climate Conference. The piece was radically reduced so … Continue reading

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Where to Buy an AK-47 for Your Favorite Mentally Ill, Abusive Felon This Holiday Season

The traffic success of my last guns story led the bureau chief to assign me to the guns beat, so this is likely to be the second in a series of posts about wackos with weapons. With legislation to close the … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Desperate Measures

This box, my first piece to be featured in Mother Jones magazine, was based on some research I did for my “Lines in the sand” article. I pitched the concept for this box on my third day in the DC … Continue reading

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Bush, Favre, and Another Vikings Victory

With a 10-1 record unrivaled since their historic 15-0 season in 1998, the Minnesota Vikings have this long-suffering fan feeling a bit strange. Watching the football game this afternoon, I found myself emitting the same sort of smug laughs President … Continue reading

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