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Democratic Senators Ask Jeff Sessions to Explain Preet Bharara Firing


The lawmakers cite a ProPublica report that the Trump White House removed U.S. Attorney Bharara while he was investigating Health Secretary Tom Price.

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How White Nationalists Win Whenever the Media Take Their Racist Bait


White supremacists have targeted college campuses, causing upset and gaining attention.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Appoints Heritage Foundation Staffer to Health and Human Services Post


Roger Severino (pictured), the new head of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights, has opposed transgender patients’ rights, same-sex marriage and Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 READ MORE

Under Pressure, Ex-Lobbyist for a Group of For-Profit Colleges Leaves Education Department Post


Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (pictured) to cite ProPublica’s reporting and request more information on Taylor Hansen’s role. He quit that day.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE

The Cost of Trump’s Wall Compared to the Value of the Programs He’s Proposing to Cut


America may get its border wall, but we just might have to do without a lot else.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE

The First Brick in the Wall


The Trump administration has solicited bids for the first $600 million of work on the wall planned for the U.S.-Mexican border.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights


Recent detentions of travelers to the United States—and seizure of their phones and other work-related material—have sparked alarm.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

When It Comes to Prosecuting Wall Street, Preet Bharara Is No Hero


The U.S. attorney fired by President Trump has been acclaimed for tackling corruption. But his treatment of figures involved in the Great Recession was far less confrontational.

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Meet the Hundreds of Government Officials the President Has Quietly Installed


They include obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and dozens of Washington insiders.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

How the Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules


The hiring of three former lobbyists to work in the White House raises questions about how the president’s executive orders are being enforced.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE

These Five Trump Cabinet Members Made False Statements to Congress


During nomination hearings, Attorney General Jeff Sessions (pictured) isn’t alone in making statements that are contradicted by facts.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Says New York Contracts Brought Him $21 Million. It Was Actually Much Less.


The president’s financial disclosure forms reveal that he earned no more than half of what he claimed.

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Justice Department Appears to Be Retreating on Voting Rights


The DOJ, now overseen by Trump appointee Jeff Sessions, says it has abandoned the Obama-era position that a Texas voter ID law intentionally discriminated against minorities.

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White House Power Player Jared Kushner Is Keeping Parts of His Real Estate Empire


Given his vast portfolio, it’s not clear how the Trump son-in-law and presidential adviser is going to avoid issues that could affect his bank account.

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Big Pharma Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-a-Day Drugs


As it readies for battle with President Trump over drug prices, the pharmaceutical industry is deploying economists and health care experts from top universities.

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Even Suspended, Travel Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s Carefully Built American Dream at Risk


He risked his life working for the Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it’s too risky for him to leave the country.

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When the U.S. Feared a Real ‘Bowling Green Massacre’—Planned by a White Supremacist


The feds found assault rifles, body armor and a possible kill list when they arrested an Ohio man said to be bent on “race war” in 2012. But the case drew little attention.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE

Teens Report Surge in Bullying in Wake of Divisive Election Campaign


In a survey of 50,000 teens, 70 percent reported abusive behavior largely targeting race, sexual orientation and immigration status.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE

For Trump’s Rich Appointees, Death May Be Certain, but Taxes Aren’t


If Republicans succeed in repealing the estate tax, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Wilbur Ross, Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin, Betsy DeVos and their heirs may be able to defer capital gains taxes forever.

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Puerto Rico Turns to Donald Trump’s Former Campaign Manager to Lobby the President-Elect on Debt


The hedge funds and insurance companies that want financially strapped Puerto Rico to pay them back in full may have found a new ally: Corey Lewandowski.

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Overtime Issue Will Be Early Test of Trump’s Pledge to Help Workers


A rule that could secure overtime pay for 4 million workers is in limbo, and the president-elect will help decide whether it survives.

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Will Trump’s Climate Team Accept Any ‘Social Cost of Carbon’?


The nation’s top science panel has sketched a way to set a fair price for cutting climate risks. Some of the president-elect’s advisers say the price should be zero.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE

U.K. Violence After the Brexit Vote Might Hold Lessons for America


A divisive vote, with jobs and immigrants the most combustible issues, leaving many anxious about intolerance and the violence that can stem from it. Sound familiar?

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Obama Picks Up the Pace on Commutations for Nonviolent Offenders


Meanwhile, the results of a study examining the role of race in the pardons process—originally due to be released in 2015—are still hanging fire.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

Will Climate Change Information on the Web Become an Endangered Species Under the GOP?


A recent reworking of language on a Wisconsin government website concerning climate change could be replicated under a Trump administration.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE

Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them


The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE

‘As a White Nationalist, What Do You Do?’


A conversation with a scholar of America’s extreme right.

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Emoluments Clause: Could Overturning 185 Years of Precedent Let Trump Off the Hook?


A provision of the Constitution, as applied to Donald Trump, seems to ban payments from foreign countries to the president-elect’s businesses once he becomes president unless Congress consents. But at least one scholar insists that the clause does not apply to presidents, vice presidents or members of Congress.

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Chao Family’s Shipping Company Could Pose Problems for Trump’s Transportation Nominee


Elaine Chao’s family owns ships flagged abroad, a way to avoid U.S. taxes and higher labor costs. But one of her missions at the Department of Transportation will be to press American-owned ships to fly the U.S. flag.

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Will Trump Scrap NASA’s Climate Research Mission?


NASA does more than explore other planets; it studies our own. Agency scientists worry Donald Trump will abort the work.

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. Becoming a Popular Destination for Rich Foreigners Avoiding Corruption Charges


Wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of wrongdoing in their native lands are fleeing to a safe haven where their wealth and influence shields them from arrest.

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New Jersey Will Stop Collecting Loans From Families of Dead Students


After an investigation into the state’s student loan program, Gov. Chris Christie signed a reform bill ending its most onerous practice.

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Surprise: Trump’s Adviser on Wall Street Regulations Is a Longtime Swamp Dweller


Trump’s transition adviser for financial regulations works for a firm that is emblematic of Washington’s revolving door.

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Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick Is a Lucky Man. Very Lucky.


Steven Mnuchin has a long history of coming out ahead, even in questionable deals.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE

Trump Almost Certainly Will Violate the Constitution if He Continues to Own His Businesses


The meaning of the Emoluments Clause is fairly clear. And it all goes back to a diamond-encrusted snuffbox Ben Franklin received from Louis XVI.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE

Hate Crimes Are Up, but the Government Isn’t Doing a Good Job of Tracking Them


After a bitter national election, there is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence. The data kept on crimes charged by racial and religious antipathies won’t reassure anyone.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton and Democrats’ Fatal Error: Writing Off White Workers in the Rust Belt


“No one that’s voting knows all the facts,” an Ohio voter said before the presidential election. “It’s a shame. They keep us so fucking busy and poor that we don’t have the time.”

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Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race


Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE

After Cancer Diagnosis, Vet Refutes Government’s Agent Orange Expert—and Wins


Phil Cacioppo challenged the government’s findings on the chemical used extensively during the Vietnam War after the Veterans Administration rejected his claim for benefits. Six years later, the former Air Force radio repairman emerged the rare victor.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE

GOP May Seem in Historic Disarray, but It Will Perpetuate Gridlock for Years to Come


Hillary Clinton looks increasingly likely to win the White House, but her party faces a big obstacle to success in congressional races: Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous.

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Super PAC to Billionaire: We Need More Money to Save a Republican Senate


To understand how Donald Trump’s comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking Republican anxiety, look no further than the private appeal sent last week from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

Is Your Vote Being Thrown in the Trash?


Provisional ballots, meant to ensure that all Americans can exercise one of their most essential of rights, often are tossed out.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE

Fact-Checking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on the Billionaires’ Tax Break


When the presidential candidates vowed in their second debate to eliminate the “carried-interest” loophole, they left out some important context.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. Labor Department Says States Are Failing Injured Workers


A new report shows that cuts to state workers’ comp systems have left employees with inadequate benefits. The document also lays the groundwork for renewed federal oversight.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

Voting Has Started, and ProPublica’s Electionland Project Is on the Case


Much of the country will vote before Election Day. Starting this week, ProPublica’s Electionland project has begun looking for problems that prevent people from voting.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE

Red Cross ‘Failed for 12 Days’ After Historic Louisiana Floods


Documents show local officials were irate over the humanitarian organization’s poor response to the massive disaster.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE

States Wring Major Settlement From Retailer That Sued Soldiers


A coalition of attorneys general representing 49 states and the District of Columbia announced a deal with USA Discounters that requires it to pay $40 million in penalties and wipe out more than $95 million in debt for past customers, many of them service members.

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE

Amazon Defends Its Pricing Algorithm But Distorts Shipping Details


A new statement from the internet giant indicates buyers don’t get a clear picture of prices on 10 percent of items sold.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump and the Return of Seditious Libel


This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE

Which Voters Show Up When States Allow Early Voting?


One-third of voters took advantage of early-voting options in 2012. But does so-called “convenience voting” increase turnout overall and minority turnout in particular?

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE

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