Lunchtime Photo

It’s raining today in Southern California, so it’s not just you East Coasters with your bomb cyclone and subzero temps who are having weather difficulties. We’re suffering too. Of course, this is actually good news in our case, since this has been one of the driest years on record up to now. To celebrate, here’s a picture of a lovely yellow rose following a rain shower. I took it at the Garden of the Senses in Sneem, the nearest big city (population approximately 557) to our house in Ireland. I’m not sure why it’s called that. It’s nice, but it’s a pretty ordinary garden, appealing to the usual senses that every garden appeals to. I guess it’s marketing hype, Ireland style.

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.

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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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