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Kaboom Town


The U.S. military burns millions of pounds of munitions in a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana. The town’s residents, including Frankie McCray (pictured), say they’re forgotten in the toxic plume.

Posted on Jul 23, 2017 READ MORE
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How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans


A report by ProPublica reveals how the military is using unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country. (Pictured, nerve gas incinerators in Utah.)

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 READ MORE

Here’s How Donald Trump Transferred Wealth to His Son While Avoiding the Usual Taxes


Last year, then-candidate Trump sold two condos at a steep discount to his son Eric (pictured). But he doesn’t appear to be on the hook for gift taxes.

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 READ MORE

A Wisconsin Republican Looks Back With Regret at Voter ID and Redistricting Fights


Former state Sen. Dale Schultz laments his support for tighter voter rules and reconfiguring districts and says he’s happy the Supreme Court will weigh partisan gerrymandering.

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 READ MORE

A Federal Regulator Probes Wells Fargo’s Mortgage Practices


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is following up on reports that the scandal-ridden bank improperly charged customers from Los Angeles to Oregon.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Expected Pick for Top USDA Scientist Is Not Even a Scientist


Sam Clovis (pictured) is likely to be named the undersecretary of the section that manages research on everything from climate change to nutrition.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE

The Problems With the FBI’s Email Investigation Went Well Beyond Comey


Previously unreported judgments and misjudgments by FBI agents played a crucial role in the agency director’s fateful decisions.

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE

How a San Francisco Internet Company Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web


Cloudflare provides services to neo-Nazi sites such as The Daily Stormer, including providing personal information about people who complain about its content.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE

Climate Change Uncertainties Abound—Let’s Acknowledge and Plan for Them With Honesty


A New York Times column on the issue set off yet another dangerous tempest of exaggeration and simplification.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration Hires Official Whom Five Citadel Students Accused of Sexual Assault


The hiring of Steven Munoz raises further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process.

Posted on May 4, 2017 READ MORE

America’s Other Drug Problem


Every year nursing homes nationwide flush, burn or throw out tons of valuable prescription medications.

Posted on May 2, 2017 READ MORE

New Leader of Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White


The inexperience of Candice Jackson (pictured), the woman chosen by Betsy Devos to head the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, raises questions about how she will investigate allegations of unfair treatment.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is Hiring Former Lobbyists for Roles in Related Agencies, Sparking Ethics Concerns


In one case, an official working on energy regulation had recently lobbied for oil and coal companies—and the White House won’t say whether he was granted an ethics waiver.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Wall: How Much Money Does the Government Have for It Now?


Answer: $20 million. That’s enough to cover the cost of seven miles of wall.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

Immigration Agency Will Lose Millions Because It Can’t Process Visas Fast Enough


Fees to expedite worker visas pay for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency can’t keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE

Conflict-of-Interest Questions Dog Chief of Health and Human Services


While in Congress, HHS Secretary Tom Price acquired up to $90,000 of pharmaceutical stock the same day he intervened on a rule that would hurt drug profits.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE

As Seas Around Mar-a-Lago Rise, Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Thwart a Local Climate Action Plan


The president’s budget calls for ending a program that supports environmental efforts in Palm Beach County, Fla., and in the hometowns of some Cabinet members.

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE

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?

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE

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