Today I Am Showered With Riches


I’m rich! This is from today’s mailbag:

This is all thanks to the price-fixing suit against Apple and five big book publishers. The timing is kind of bad, though: I’ve been buying my books from Barnes & Noble lately because the Kindle app on Windows is kind of sucky. On the other hand, my Windows tablet mysteriously died last night, so for now I’m back to my old Android tab anyway. So maybe the timing is OK. I guess it depends on how quickly I recover from my pleurisy and get down to the mall to get my Windows tab replaced. Seems like everything is breaking these days.

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE: My Dell Venue Windows tablet suddenly came back to life after two days of not responding to anything. That’s just damn peculiar.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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