Author: Tim Murphy

Monsters: Cars, Which Are Killing Us and the Planet

As usual, the staff of Mother Jones is rounding up the heroes and monsters of the past year. Find 2021’s heroes and monsters here. In American politics, deaths involving automobiles are discussed, when they are discussed at all, as a sort of fatalistic unit of measurement by which other kinds of deaths might be diminished. When the death toll […]

Monster: The Completely Useless and Undemocratic US Senate

As usual, the staff of Mother Jones is rounding up the heroes and monsters of the past year. Find all of 2021’s heroes and monsters here. In the early hours of January 6, in that impossibly brief window between the Georgia special elections and the Capitol insurrection, a meme started to circulate about what this new Democratic reign in Washington […]

Texas Is Just Going to Build Its Own Border Wall Now

On Friday, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the state had begun construction on its own fence along the US–Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. “Texas is stepping up to do the federal government’s job,” he tweeted. It was an attempt to counter the so-called “open border policies” of the Biden administration. On […]

The Jan. 6 Committee Is Investigating Rick Perry for a “Big Steal” Strategy Text Message

In June of 2015, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivered the kind of speech that candidates for president generally have a difficult time walking back. Speaking to something called the Opportunity and Freedom PAC, he ripped into his rival, Donald Trump, as a “cancer on conservatism” that “must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.” He […]

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Tried to Overturn the Election. Now He’s Going After Roe.

It was hardly the keynote slot—before Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, before Eric and Lara Trump, before Rudy Giuliani calling for “trial by combat,” before John Eastman, dressed for some reason like Indiana Jones, and long before President Donald Trump, who would speak for more than an hour and incite an insurrection against Congress. […]

Just Shut Up and Testify Already, Mark Meadows

On Wednesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the House select committee investigating the January 6th Insurrection, announced that his committee would move to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt. The committee had first subpoenaed Meadows last month, asking him to provide documents and testify under oath about then-President Donald […]

Kyrsten Sinema Is Thankful for All Your Feedback

Perhaps the defining characteristic of Kyrsten Sinema’s first nine months in the Senate majority was a persistent, intractable silence. The Arizona Democrat, whose corporate-friendly centrism and dogmatic embrace of bipartisanship has made her one of the most critical and difficult votes in the chamber for President Joe Biden’s agenda, has often been as inaccessible to […]

Paul Gosar Is Why Censure Exists

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to censure Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him of his committee assignments. First elected in 2012 after a long and not especially scandalous career as a dentist, Gosar has emerged from back-bencher anonymity in recent years as perhaps the chamber’s least subtle white supremacist. Gosar has […]