James Pogue

The Holy Cow Issue

The Prophet and the Acolyte: Ammon Bundy's Fight to Take Back the West

Inspired by an esoteric Mormon ideology, Ammon Bundy had been a hero to people long before he led the takeover of the Malheur refuge.
James Pogue
4.13.16
The Road to Nowhere Issue

The Oath Keepers Are Ready for War with the Federal Government

The heavily armed citizen militia joined Oregon gold miners in a land dispute with the federal government that could end in a bloodbath.
James Pogue
9.14.15
The What Da Fug You Lookin’ At Issue

Soul on Fire

California’s Conservation Camp program is a huge but little known joint venture between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency. The program disperses some 4,200 felons from California’s...
James Pogue
11.11.13
News

Bangladeshi Workers Are Rioting and Burning Down the Terrible Factories They Work In

As many as 200,000 workers are participating in strikes, protests, and riots in Bangladesh. They are demanding a minimum wage of 8,000 Bangladeshi Taka, roughly equivalent to $100 per month—a huge increase from the $37 per month minimum wage that...
James Pogue
9.24.13
News

A Factory Collapsed in Bangladesh on Wednesday, and 300 People Were Crushed to Death

On Wednesday, more than 2,500 workers outside of Dhaka went to work in a factory where cracks had just recently appeared in the walls. The building collapsed. At this writing 300 people are confirmed dead, around 600 injured. Nine hundred people are...
James Pogue
4.26.13
The Fashion Issue 2013

Disasters Made in Bangladesh

We still don’t know exactly how many of Swapna’s coworkers were killed at the Tazreen Fashions factory on November 24, 2012. She was sewing shorts—“half-pants,” they’re called in Bangladesh—when on the ground floor piles of yarn and acrylic fabric...
James Pogue
2.19.13
News

On the Road with Obama and Romney - Reelection

It's a little underwhelming, a re-election. We wake up and, give or take a few Senate seats, we're exactly where we were. Wednesday was a sunny day in Cincinnati, though I slept through most of it. I went out in the afternoon to buy the paper and pack...
James Pogue
11.10.12
News

Voter Suppression: Did It Happen in Ohio?

We watched a Republican poll worker reject a black girl with a blonde dye job and a pink hoodie. The 866-OUR-VOTE people caught her on her way out and asked why she'd been rejected. She was vague on the reasons. They told her to go back in and insist...
James Pogue
11.6.12
News

Jay-Z: 99 Problems but a Mitt Ain’t One

Bruce Springsteen came on stage to support Obama. I mean, I have a fucking Bruce Springsteen tattoo and even I was a little baffled by what the hell he was doing up there. Then Jay-Z came on and rapped about Mitt Romney.
James Pogue
11.6.12
News

On the Road with Obama and Romney: Ugliness in Ohio

Just when Obama came on stage, a bald white man began shouting from the balcony of the arena. Obama smiled and waved. He spoke again. The man started yelling again. Sheriff's deputies came to remove him. He hung onto the guardrail of the balcony he...
James Pogue
11.6.12
News

On the Road with Obama and Romney - Part VI

Romney talked for too long—the cadets were scratching themselves and glancing around by the end of his speech. The candidate outlined his vision, which was essentially peace through respect. Or peace through fear, if you want to put it that way. There...
James Pogue
10.29.12
News

On the Road with Obama and Romney - Part V

I started thinking about writing an obituary for George McGovern four days ago, when the news came out of Sioux Falls that the senator was in hospice and, as the family put it, "nearing the end." But I waited too long, and I know that now every...
James Pogue
10.22.12
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