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Which States' Kids Miss the Most School?

motherjones.com — September is upon us, and American kids are filling up their backpacks. But lots of kids won't be going back to school-at least not very much. The map above shows the results of a national report released Tuesday by non-profit Attendance Works, which zooms in on a statistic called "chronic absenteeism," generally defined as the number of kids who miss at least ten percent of school days over the course of a year.

Exclusive Premiere of Moby's New Video, "The Last Day"

motherjones.com — Moby is tired. Since he released his 11th and latest studio album,, last October, the six-time Grammy nominee has been crisscrossing the country on tour and spinning DJ sets at electronic dance music festivals, not to mention starring in a video with Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @MichaelMechanic: Check out our exclusive premiere of Moby's new video, and great chat with the man himself. mojo.ly/1nstQGU #MusicMonday

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Surprise! Eric Cantor Lands $3.4 Million Job on Wall Street

motherjones.com — After Rep. Eric Cantor lost his primary to a tea party challenger in June, he could have stayed on as a lame duck, collecting his salary and voting as a full member of Congress through January 2015. Instead, Cantor decided to step down from his job as the GOP's majority leader and resign his seat early.
Sep 02, 2014

Eric Cantor's $3.4 million Wall Street job may be Peak Corruption. motherjones.com/mojo/2014/09/e…

ISIS is a Problem That Only Iraqis Can Solve

motherjones.com — Christopher Paul and Colin Clarke have studied 71 insurgencies during the post-WWII period and have concluded that every successful counterinsurgency shared several characteristics. They apply the results of their research to the problem of the ISIS insurgency in Iraq: First, we found that in every case where they succeeded, counterinsurgent forces managed to substantially overmatch the insurgents and force them to fight as guerrillas before getting down to the activities traditionally associated with counterinsurgency....U.S.

Inflation Is Still the Great Bogeyman of the Rich

motherjones.com — Paul Krugman is trying to figure out why wealthy elites are so damn obsessed with the dangers of moderately higher inflation. After all, in a deep recession, inflation is likely to spur economic growth, and that helps rich folks. Their assets increase in value and they become even richer.

Exodus: Border-Crossers Forge a New America

motherjones.com — In America the birds can no longer be trusted. Our government suspects a duck or a goose, perhaps that rare swan, will bring plague to our shores. The ice is melting, also. The polar bears are fated to die, the seas are guaranteed to rise and flood our coasts.
Sep 01, 2014

RT @ClaraJeffery: One of whom, Julian Cardona, became a good friend/companion of many subsequent reporting journeys, including this: motherjones.com/politics/2006/…

Aug 31, 2014

One of whom, Julian Cardona, became a good friend/companion of many subsequent reporting journeys, including this: motherjones.com/politics/2006/…

Aug 31, 2014

RT @Steve_Katz: This, from Charles Bowden, especially stays w me as one of the best things of his we pubbed @motherjones motherjones.com/politics/2006/… #unforgotten

Aug 31, 2014

This, from Charles Bowden, especially stays w me as one of the best things of his we pubbed @motherjones motherjones.com/politics/2006/… #unforgotten

Chart of the Day: When Women Fail, They Pay a Bigger Price Than Men

motherjones.com — The chart below is not part of a study that examines a statistically random set of data. It's quite informal, and probably suffers from some inherent sampling biases. Nonetheless, it's pretty astonishing: Here's the background: Kieran Snyder asked men and women working in the tech industry to share their performance reviews with her.