How about if we start to wind down the week with another view of the Blue Ridge Mountains? Don’t worry, I’ve got plenty more where this came from.

This is sunset from the Riprap Overlook, just north of Waynesboro, where the Virginia Skyline Drive ends and the Blue Ridge Parkway starts up. As usual for wide vistas, it’s a composite of two different exposures. The trees made it hard to register the two pictures precisely, and if you look at them closely (especially on the left side) you can see where dark and light versions of the same branches mesh together slightly imperfectly.

May 6, 2019 — Riprap Overlook, Skyline Drive, Virginia

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

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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.

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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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