Top 14 Photos of the Year

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I made the first cut on the best lunchtime photos of the past year, then Marian made the final cut. In no particular order, here they are:

Dancer at Los Angeles Arboretum

December 9, 2018 — LA County Arboretum, Arcadia, California

Irish Coast at Whitestrand, County Kerry

September 26, 2017 — Whitestrand, County Kerry, Ireland

Ahwiyah Point at Yosemite National Park

February 14, 2018 — Ahwiyah Point, Yosemite National Park

Merced River, Long Exposure

February 14, 2018 — Yosemite National Park, California

Dandelion

January 13, 2018 — UC Irvine, California

Griffith Observatory at Moonrise

June 28, 2018 — Los Angeles, California

Hummingbird in Flight

March 9, 2018 — Irvine, California

Surfers at Huntington Beach

December 18, 2018 — Huntington Beach, California

Irrigation Canal, Shippee California

June 15, 2018 — Shippee, California

Moon and Venus at Sunset

July 15, 2018 — Irvine, California

Scarlet Ibis at the Prospect Park Zoo

September 14, 2018 — Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn

Windmill on Highway 41

February 16, 2018 — Madera County, California

Star Trails

December 30, 2018 — Lake Henshaw, California

Half Dome and Merced River

February 13, 2018 — Yosemite National Park, California

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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