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At a casino in the small coastal town of North Bend, Oregon, dozens of law enforcement officers and corporate security personnel gathered for a two-day training on how to wage propaganda battles against protesters. The November 2018 event was organized by the National Sheriffs’ Association, one of the country’s largest law enforcement organizations, and hostedRead More

‘This Is the Wild West Out Here’

On a cold, windy day in late October, in one of the most remote and least populated regions of the state, a half-dozen workers prepared to drill another test hole in the arid volcanic rock. They were looking for deposits of lithium, a metal that has become indispensable to smartphones and electric-vehicle batteries, and which geologistsRead More

US listed climate activist group as ‘extremists’ alongside mass killers

A group of US environmental activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience targeting the oil industry have been listed in internal Department of Homeland Security documents as “extremists” and some of its members listed alongside white nationalists and mass killers, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. The group have been dubbed the Valve Turners, after closingRead More

The Backstory: Sarah McClure

Sarah McClure spent a year investigating sexual abuse in Amish communities. In “The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret,” published in partnership with Cosmopolitan, McClure reveals how Amish church leaders have covered up child sexual abuse by blaming and intimidating victims. Threats of excommunication or commitment to mental-health facilities further discourageRead More

The Army Of Prayer Warriors Fighting Trump’s Impeachment

In mid-October, less than a month into the House Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Jim Bakker, the televangelist and convicted fraudster, was in front of a studio audience at his Morningside Church complex in Blue Eye, Missouri, a remote village of less than 200 people in the Ozarks. As the crew preparedRead More

‘Dump it down the drain’

A cacophony of machines, some as big as a dump truck, mix pharmaceutical ingredients, press them into tablets, and fill capsules at a West Virginia factory owned by generic-drug giant Mylan. By the end of each run, the walls, ceilings, floors, and nearly every nook and cranny of the intricate equipment were caked in powderyRead More

One City’s Struggle to Police the Police

Peter Harvey was mingling with the lawyers on both sides of the aisle when I entered courtroom 4A of the Martin Luther King Building in Newark one afternoon in September 2018. Harvey, the federal monitor overseeing Newark’s court-ordered police reform, was scheduled to issue a progress report to Judge Madeline Cox Arleo. The only otherRead More

The Last of the Climate Deniers Hold On

Late in the summer of 1989, John Christy discovered the earth wasn’t warming. Satellites spinning through the atmosphere reported no upward trend line, and above the tropics, the University of Alabama atmospheric sciences professor and his research partner, the NASA scientist Roy Spencer, learned that the satellites had actually recorded cooling. The two men wereRead More

Why Prisoners Get the Doctors No One Else Wants

Gerry Armbruster went to the doctor in May 2014, complaining of tingling and numbness in his arms and hands. He told the doctor how pain in his legs was making it hard to walk, too. “I knew something was wrong, but I couldn’t pinpoint it,” Armbruster said. He says he was told by the doctorRead More

New York City Council Approves Commercial Waste Zones

The New York City Council approved a long-debated proposal last week to break up the city into at least 20 zones for commercial waste collection. The passage comes after six years of sustained pressure from a coalition of labor and environmental groups seeking to replace the current system in which garbage trucks from competing companiesRead More

Race, Crime and Surveillance

This summer, the St. Louis region made national news after more than 15 children were killed by gun violence in four months, leaving city leaders struggling to push forward preventative measures. “This is Third World living over here,” said Alderman Samuel Moore, who represents the city’s Fourth Ward in North St. Louis. “This is horribleRead More

Marshals’ Lawlessness

As he waited to be sentenced, Garcia-Wislar became one of about 60,000 people detained each day by the U.S. Marshals Service, an arm of the Department of Justice responsible for holding people charged with federal crimes until they’re sentenced or set free. But the Marshals don’t operate their own detention centers. Instead, they have agreementsRead More

Inside the US Marshals’ Secretive, Deadly Detention Empire

A large rectangle of red dirt on the flat expanse of West Texas’ Permian Basin reminds Sadrac Garcia every day of what his family has lost. A few months ago, he could stand on the small porch of his brother Juan’s double-wide and peer into the window of their parents’ trailer a few meters away. UntilRead More

Erasing the Dead

Since Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake in 2010, an estimated 59,000 Haitians have been granted Temporary Protected Status, which allows the nationals of countries designated unsafe due to “extraordinary and temporary” conditions to live and work legally in the United States. But in November 2017, the Trump administration abruptly terminated TPS for Haitians,Read More

The Destruction Caused by the Border Wall Is Worse Than You Think

It’s an almost solemn moment: A single saguaro cactus, perhaps 10 feet tall, is ripped from the desert to make way for President Trump’s border wall. This scene was one of the many videos and photographs to emerge in late September as the Department of Homeland Security began to clear large swathes of once-protected habitatRead More

US Soccer Is Neglecting Latino Talent—and It Shows

A group of young soccer players loaded into two vans on a sunny fall day in 2018, and made their way from their hotel to a nearby sports complex in Ontario, California. The preparations to welcome the 36 potential stars were in place: a trailer for staff and volunteers; tents for coaches, scouts, and clubRead More

The Backstory: Juliana Schatz Preston

Juliana Schatz Preston is an Ida B. Wells Fellow with Type Investigations. She recently finished an investigation into how parents of children with severe mental illnesses feel pressured to relinquish custody to the state so their children can receive residential treatment. Juliana’s investigation delved into how this phenomenon plays out in Connecticut, where a groupRead More

Sexual Misconduct at Work, Again

The recent #MeToo movement has put sexual harassment at work in a spotlight. But women on Wall Street fought this same battle decades ago. There was an earlier wave of harassment allegations in the 1980s and 90s, not long after women began to enter the male-dominated world of finance. Corporate scandals led companies to implementRead More

Waiting for Tearah

Waiting for Tearah is an intimate portrait of a mother struggling to find mental health care for her child. Shot over two years, this verité film tells the story of Shayna, a single parent of three girls, whose eldest daughter, Tearah, waits for months in a psychiatric hospital. Key Findings Many parents in the U.S. whose children suffer from mental illnessRead More

The Backstory: Susan Antilla

In her latest investigation, award-winning journalist Susan Antilla takes a deep-dive into how Wall Street avoids accountability after a wave of women brought harassment lawsuits two decades ago. In a launch episode of Retro Report on PBS airing today and an upcoming story published in partnership with The Intercept, Antilla investigates why so many harassmentRead More

Stark Lessons from Wall Street’s #MeToo Moment

Stacy Passeri was looking for a promotion. Pacific Life Insurance was hiring someone to lead sales of its insurance products to stock brokers across the country. Passeri thought she was perfectly positioned as a field vice president at the firm, marketing these same products to brokerage firms in a western region of California that stretchedRead More

Inside The Christian Legal Army Weakening the Church-State Divide

Never before has the Christian right been as elated about the prospects for transforming the federal judiciary as it is now, with the Senate engaged in the rapid-fire confirmation of judges nominated by President Donald Trump. As the confirmations mounted — 43 appellate and 99 trial court judges by the summer recess this year —Read More

The Perils of Private Prison Health Care

While serving a three-year sentence in an Arizona prison that contracts with a private health care company, Mariam Abdullah was known to be struggling with mental illness. Key Findings Iraqi immigrant Mariam Abdullah died by suicide at 18 in an Arizona prison; seriously mentally ill, she received only “sporadic” treatment, according to court records. PrisonRead More

The Backstory: Lisa Armstrong

Investigative journalist Lisa Armstrong has for several years reported on solitary confinement and the treatment of mental illness in prison. In her most recent story, published in print with Huffington Post and as a documentary airing on CBS, Armstrong recounts the tragic story of a young woman, diagnosed with serious mental illness and violently sentRead More

Calm Before the Storm

Mayor Phil Stoddard keeps enough potassium iodide on hand for all the children of South Miami. The lanky, bespectacled biology professor-cum-municipal politician fears an accident at the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station, which lies 25 miles south of downtown Miami—and a mere 20 miles from Stoddard’s office in South Miami City Hall. “Right after aRead More

How Science Got Trampled in the Rush to Drill in the Arctic

Every year, hundreds of petroleum industry executives gather in Anchorage for the annual conference of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, where they discuss policy and celebrate their achievements with the state’s political establishment. In May 2018, they again filed into the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, but they had a new reason to celebrate.Read More

Waste Only

The students at Westmeade Elementary School worked hard on their dragon. And it paid off. The plastic bag receptacle that the kids painted green and outfitted with triangular white teeth and a “feed me” sign won the students from the Nashville suburb first place in a recycling box decorating contest. The idea, as Westmeade’s proudRead More

When Solitary Confinement Is A Death Sentence

Their friendship began on July 17, 2014, with whispered secrets shared through the vent in the wall that separated their cells. Jessica Burlew remembers the exact date because she’d turned 17 the day before, the same day that Mariam Abdullah, then 16 and about to be charged as an adult with armed robbery, had beenRead More

New Federal Survey to Study Harassment in Trucking Industry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an agency within the Department of Transportation that regulates the U.S. trucking industry, announced it will conduct a survey to study the prevalence and severity of gender and race related harassment experienced by women and minority truck drivers. In response to what FMCSA describes as “evidence, both documentaryRead More

If the Tuition Doesn’t Get You, the Cost of Student Housing Will

In 2015, Sabrina Martinez got into the University of Texas at Austin, the UT system’s flagship campus and its most selective. She was thrilled. Her parents, not so much. “They were just like ‘Nope. You can’t afford it. You shouldn’t go. Loans are ridiculous.’” They encouraged her to go to the cheaper University of TexasRead More

Industry Cites 3M Experiment That Exposed Cancer Patients to PFAS to Claim the Chemicals Aren’t So Bad.

Defenders of the chemicals known as PFAS have seized upon an industry-funded study of cancer patients as evidence that the compounds used to make Teflon, firefighting foam, and many other products aren’t as dangerous as they seem. The study, which was funded by the Minnesota-based global conglomerate 3M and published in February 2018 in the journal Toxicological Sciences, exposedRead More

Crude Behavior

OAKLAND, California — She walked toward the witness stand at 8 months pregnant, her slow steps echoing in the cavernous federal courtroom. Two years earlier, she had been fired from her dream job at a Shell refinery after enduring months of harassment — sexist comments from two male supervisors, reprimands for documenting her coworkers’ mistakes,Read More

“Worse Than a Death Sentence”

ASSAM, India — Dilip Biswas had lived in the small northeastern state of Assam for 40 years, growing rice on his land and cooking lunch at a local restaurant, when one day in 2009 the police came knocking on his door. Despite being an ethnic Bengali, a targeted minority in the state, Biswas had neverRead More

How Trump Created Chaos on the Border

On a weekday morning in early June, Ruben Garcia arrived at the Casa Oscar Romero building leased by Annunciation House, the hospitality center that he founded and that has served the indigent and immigrant community in El Paso, Texas, since 1978. He wore a striped button-down shirt and wire-rimmed glasses, his disheveled white hair looselyRead More

The Forest Service Is Silencing Women

In 2011, Darla Bush, now a 19-year veteran of the federal Forest Service, accepted a position as a firefighting engine captain at Sequoia National Forest’s Western Divide Ranger District, at the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada. The job wasn’t ideal. She commuted three to four hours a day from the Tule River Indian Reservation,Read More

Embattled Garbage Hauler Co-Owns Dump With Person Expelled From Trash Industry

This story was originally published in ProPublica.  On Friday, the agency that oversees New York City’s commercial trash industry suspended the license of Sanitation Salvage, saying the Bronx company posed an “imminent danger to life and property” after two fatal accidents and a spate of other collisions. The agency outlined a pattern of unsafe practices including unlicensed vehicle operators, driversRead More

Chemours Lobbied EPA To Avert Use of Natural Refrigerants

When the executives from the Chemours Company met with top officials of the Environmental Protection Agency last year, they were seeking the Trump administration’s help to launch a new generation of chemicals and steer the nation through an important juncture. The U.S. — indeed the entire world — is in the process of phasing outRead More

The Sanitation Industry’s Safety Record Is Again an Issue

This story was originally published by ProPublica. The army of private sanitation trucks that race through New York City’s streets every night are often in poor repair, with trucks routinely being declared unsafe and pulled off the road by government regulators. But Century Waste, a New Jersey company with more than 30 trucks operating inRead More

“Yo, Take the Rap for Me”: More Trouble for a Garbage Hauler

This story was originally published in ProPublica. It was shortly after 9 p.m. on Aug. 8 when a private sanitation truck headed up East 169th Street in the Bronx and drove into oncoming traffic. The truck smashed head-on into a sedan, sending it 25 feet down the block and into another parked car, triggering theRead More

Will Shareholders Lose the Right to Sue?

James Kacouris’ timing couldn’t have been worse. Just 24 hours after he purchased 140 shares of Facebook, the company’s shares plummeted 18.96 percent in the biggest one-day stock loss in U.S. market history. In an earnings announcement issued after the markets closed on July 25, the day he bought the shares, Facebook released numbers showingRead More

Worse Than Lead?

Today, thanks in part to the efforts of a single Virginia family, as many as 97 percent of Americans have toxic flame retardants in their blood. Deeply poisonous, and linked to cancer, genetic damage, and behavioral and learning difficulties, the prevalence of flame retardants, here and around the world, owes to the fact that theseRead More

The Survivors of Ituri’s Ethnic Cleansing Campaign

Editor’s note: This sidebar is part of our main investigation, “A Slaughter in Silence,” reported by Nick Turse in partnership with VICE News. Read Turse’s reporting journey as he watched an ethnic cleansing campaign unfold in real-time. Sometimes, the best thing a reporter can do is simply get out of the way and let peopleRead More

How We Reported “A Slaughter in Silence”

The idea was to cover the largest refugee crisis you probably never heard of. That meant first returning to South Sudan (where I had reported on the civil war there in the previous year) , then moving onward to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and finally Uganda, to document the various crises displacing millionsRead More

A Slaughter in Silence

Chapter 1: No peace BUNIA, Democratic Republic Congo — It’s the evening before Easter when I meet them outside the Mudzi Maria Health Center. The sky is shifting from ochre to lavender and a choir’s voices soar from the nearby Catholic cathedral. For roughly the next half hour, the faithful offer up the triple chantRead More

3M Knew About Dangers of Toxic Chemicals Decades Ago

News that the Environmental Protection Agency pressured the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to suppress a study showing PFAS chemicals to be even more dangerous than previously thought drew outrage this spring. The EPA pressure delayed the study’s publication for several months, and a similar dynamic seems to have been in play this July in Michigan, where RobertRead More

Are Cosmetics Used in YouTube Makeup Tutorials Safe?

Melody is ready for prom. She steps one foot forward through the slit of her burgundy dress to show black strappy heels as she poses for photos on a balcony. Her long brown hair and a sparkly choker shine as she turns her head and smiles for the camera. The 18-year-old has just finished perfectingRead More

Ida B. Wells Fellowship

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For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits

Longtime Rio Grande Valley immigration lawyer Carlos Garcia now ends many of his days at the office by driving to the Port Isabel detention center. He’s there to offer pro bono advice to parents desperate to reunite with children who were taken from them at the US-Mexico border. Thursday night he had good news afterRead More

So Long, Scott Pruitt. We Knew You All Too Well.

What finally pushed Scott Pruitt over the edge? Was it the woman with the baby who let him have it in a fast food restaurant? Or his use of Environmental Protection Agency staff to try to snag his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise? The secret calendar? The tactical pants? The EPA administrator generated headlines with a stream of bizarre, inappropriate, and self-serving actions inRead More

This Conservative Group Worked 60 Years to Crush Labor

In December 1953, a group of anti-labor business leaders gathered in Washington, DC, for the first in a series of secret meetings. The meetings were organized by a Southern paper-box manufacturer named Edwin S. Dillard, who was heir to the Old Dominion Box Company and had spent years fighting to keep his workforce from joiningRead More

The Threat of Adoption for Separated Migrant Children

When news reports first began to emerge that 81 of the migrant children recently separated from their parents had been sent into the care of one of the largest adoption agencies in the country, the response was swift alarm. Was the government planning on creating “social orphans” out of the children, then offering them up forRead More

How Some Elite Charter Schools Exclude Minorities

GREENSBORO, Ga. — This clearly was no ordinary public school. Parents of prospective students converged on Lake Oconee Academy for an open house on a bright but unseasonably cold March afternoon for northern Georgia. A driveway circling a landscaped pond led them to the school’s main hall. The tan building had the same luxury-lodge feelRead More

South Carolina Sought Exemption for Faith-Based CPA

In an unusual move, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a long-standing ally of President Donald Trump, has personally intervened with the Department of Health and Human Services to secure a religious exemption from federal nondiscrimination laws for a Christian foster-care-placement agency in his state. Without the exemption, the placement agency, Miracle Hill Ministries, of Greenville,Read More

Trucking Court Records to Be Unsealed

In a win for female truckers, an Iowa judge this week ruled that some documents tied to a high profile sexual harassment case concerning CRST, one of the largest carriers in the nation, will be made public. It is the latest chapter of an ongoing battle between female truck drivers and Cedar Rapids-based CRST —Read More

Announcing the 2018 Ida B. Wells Fellows

The Investigative Fund is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the Ida B. Wells Fellowship, whose goal is to promote diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color. As winners, the following individuals will be given the opportunity to complete their first substantial piece of investigative reporting. TaylorRead More

Is Canada Complicit in ‘Violating International Law’?

Canada’s navy and air force continue to be involved in the capture of drug smugglers on the high seas in co-ordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, even after high-level Canadian military officials investigated allegations of detainee mistreatment that may violate international human rights obligations. An exposé by the New York Times and the Investigative Fund, aRead More

The ‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’ Decision Is Not As Harmless as You Think

In today’s Supreme Court decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, baker Jack Phillips won absolution from legal liability for refusing to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. On the surface, the 7-2 decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, appears to not be the disaster that many LGBTQ rights advocates had feared. ItRead More

How Coke Spun the Public on its Water Use

When Coca-Cola announced plans earlier this year to recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging by 2030, the company touted the effort as building on its success with sustainable water use. In a 2016 full-page ad published in The New York Times, the company proclaimed, “For every drop we use, we give one back,” boasting on its websiteRead More

EPA’s “Leadership Summit” on PFOA Pollution Will Exclude Victims and Community Groups

Kristen Mello wasn’t invited to the Environmental Protection Agency’s upcoming “National Leadership Summit” on PFOA, PFOS, and other PFAS chemicals. For most of her life, Mello, a member of Westfield Residents Advocating For Themselves, drank water contaminated with the chemicals that are going to be discussed at the meeting. At least six compounds in this class seeped into local drinkingRead More

Post-Prison Purgatory

At Coalinga State Hospital, located in a desolate, dusty part of California’s Central Valley, 200 miles north of Los Angeles, 37-year-old Cory Hoch stands out. He’s well liked by other patients, and his dry sense of humor and lively intelligence come across almost immediately. His feathered earring and neon-green sneakers infuse some color into theRead More

The Surge

On a Friday morning, two days before Christmas 2016, Marianna Treviño-Wright decided she’d had enough of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s latest “border surge.” The longtime executive director of the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Treviño-Wright sat down at her desk, next to the baby turtle terrarium and the butterfly kites, to write an angryRead More

The Eyes Above Texas

In recent years, the Texas Department of Public Safety has spent more than $15 million on two high-altitude surveillance planes. Typically flying at more than 2 miles above the earth, the planes are impossible to spot from the ground, leaving Texans in the dark about whether they’re being watched. The planes, according to the manufacturer, are capable of trackingRead More

Empty Cribs in Prison Nurseries

When Cassidy Green learned that she was pregnant, she and her husband didn’t discuss cribs, co-sleeping, or even diapers. Instead, they worried about more basic and immediate challenges, like whether Green would be able to spend more than a few days with her baby. Green was in prison, 9 years into a 15-year prison sentenceRead More

How Scott Pruitt Helped Arkansas Poultry Giants Pollute an Oklahoma River

Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, took the side of poultry companies and other businesses in Arkansas in a dispute over the pollution of an ecologically sensitive and economically vital watershed, environmental groups say. While he was representing Oklahoma as its attorney general, Pruitt helped to slow the implementation of a plan,Read More

A VA Law is “Getting the Guppies Instead of the Trout”

In October 2015, then-candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in front of a Navy battleship in Norfolk, Virginia, and outlined his plan to restore trust at the Department of Veterans Affairs. “We are going to make the VA great again,” Trump said to thunderous applause. “And we are going to do it by firingRead More

EPA Adviser Albert Kelly Resigned Amid Ethics Inquiries. Is Scott Pruitt Next?

Albert Kelly, a senior adviser to Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Tuesday. Kelly, who was overseeing the agency’s Superfund program, left amid questions about his banking career. Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, Pruitt’s head of security, also abruptly resigned, leading many to question whether Pruitt would be next. As The Intercept reported in December, Kelly was theRead More

States Are Doing What Scott Pruitt Won’t

Federal  action on chemicals seems to be slowing, even as the number we encounter daily grows. With the Trump administration seemingly getting the federal government out of the business of cleaning up the environment, states will have to show the way. Before President Trump was elected, Massachusetts, California and Maine led the charge, regulating certainRead More

Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations

Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loansRead More

As Attorney General of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt was a Big Spender in a Small State

Scott Pruitt, the embattled EPA chief whose lavish spending has come under intense scrutiny, had extravagant tastes well before he came to Washington. In 2014, while he was attorney general of Oklahoma, the expenses of his office were $27.7 million higher than those of his predecessor, Drew Edmondson, according to a state audit published in 2016. Almost $23 millionRead More

Why Did the EPA’s Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma?

An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. Pruitt’s successor, Mike Hunter,Read More

Lobbyist Behind Scott Pruitt Condo Deal Also Did Favors for Disgraced Rep. Tom Delay

J. Steven Hart, the lobbyist whose wife, Vicki, rented EPA administrator Scott Pruitt a Capitol Hill condo at a below-market price, has a history of coziness with high-powered government officials. Hart, the chair of lobbying firm Williams & Jensen, was also close with former Republican Congressman Tom DeLay in the late 1990s. Along with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, HartRead More

FINRA’s Black Hole

For victims of sexual harassment on Wall Street, the case of Kathleen Mary O’Brien was a bad omen. In 1988, O’Brien, then a stockbroker at Dean Witter Reynolds, filed the earliest sexual harassment case we could find in a public database maintained by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Wall Street’s self-governing organization, which is overseen by the Securities andRead More

Birthright Israel and #MeToo

The day after Julia Peck says she was sexually assaulted by an Israeli soldier on her trip with Birthright Israel, she had thoughts of jumping in front of a bus. Wracked by pain and guilt as she arrived at the Western Wall, she says she slipped a note between the stones. The note read, “I’mRead More

Coachella, Alternativo

READ IN ENGLISH En la primavera de 2016, mientras Trump se aferraba a su nominación como el candidato republicano para la presidencia, yo manejaba hacia el este del Valle de Coachella, en busca de un jornalero llamado Roberto. Mi celular se había quedado sin batería y no pasó mucho tiempo antes de que me perdieraRead More

Coachella, Underground

LEER EN ESPAÑOL In the spring of 2016, as Trump was clinching the Republican nomination for president, I drove east into the Coachella Valley, looking for a 48-year-old farmworker named Roberto. My cell phone had died and I soon became lost, meandering along country roads where I rarely passed another vehicle. When I finally foundRead More

The Trauma of Everyday Gun Violence in New Orleans

On an early afternoon in 2015, several days before Christmas, Caswick Naverro was driving from New Orleans to nearby Morgan City. Instead of going to celebrate with his family, though, he was headed to a funeral. His closest cousin, Josh, with whom he lived for much of his youth, who was like a brother, hadRead More

The Backstory: Anjali Kamat

Anjali Kamat spent months in India investigating the Trump Organization’s lucrative real estate deals in the country, valued at an estimated $1.5 billion. In “Political Corruption and the Art of the Deal,” published in partnership with the New Republic, Kamat reveals how the Trump family’s real estate partners in India are connected to an extensiveRead More

This Birth Control Device Kept Making Women Sick. The FDA Kept It On The Market.

Last month, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb met with a group of women who’ve been knocking on the agency’s door for years. Online, they’re known as E-sisters: women who were implanted with the permanent “non-incisional” contraceptive called Essure, which consists of metal coils that are implanted into the fallopian tubes and contain nickel.Read More

Trump’s Superfund Nominee Spent Years Fighting for Polluters

Though he has openly disparaged much of his agency’s mission, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has remained steadfastly enthusiastic about Superfund, the federal program responsible for cleaning up some of the country’s most contaminated industrial sites. The EPA budget brief released in February said the agency would “accelerate the pace of cleanups” and make an additional 102Read More

The Many Red Flags of Trump’s Partners in India

President Donald Trump does not like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. “It’s a horrible law,” Trump has said. The FCPA makes it a crime for U.S. companies to bribe foreign officials, or to partner with others who are clearly doing so. Trump has argued that the law puts U.S. firms at a disadvantage. “It’s thingsRead More

“Whatever’s Your Darkest Question, You Can Ask Me.”

On a winter morning, Anna* walked the aisles of an herbal-medicine store, picked up a bottle each of blue cohosh and black cohosh, along with a plastic bag of pennyroyal tea, and drove to the topless bar on the edge of town where she worked. There, she met Jules, another dancer. They performed on aRead More

Political Corruption and the Art of the Deal

Investigations into Donald Trump’s foreign entanglements may have largely begun with Russia, but the president and his family have a special relationship with India, too. Since Donald Trump and his children first began talks with developers in India, around 2007, the Trump Organization has entered into more deals there than in any other foreign country.Read More

Former Indian Official: Trump Jr. Pushed “Blatantly Illegal” Project

Last month, Donald Trump Jr. visited India to tout new Trump properties. Full page ads in India’s top papers announced, “Trump has arrived. Have you?” It wasn’t Trump Jr.’s first trip to India. “I’ve been coming to India for over a decade,” he said during the visit. “There’s an entrepreneurial spirit here…it needs no furtherRead More

New Orleans Ends its Palantir Predictive Policing Program

Two weeks ago, The Verge reported the existence of a six-year predictive policing collaboration between the New Orleans Police Department and Palantir Technologies, a data mining giant co-founded by Peter Thiel. The nature of the partnership, which used Palantir’s network-analysis software to identify potential aggressors and victims of violence, was unknown to the public and key membersRead More

After US Journalist Killed in South Sudan, a Quest for Answers

The call came just before noon on August 26, minutes after we had crossed a hilly range that separates northern Uganda from South Sudan. Earlier that morning, I had embarked on a four-day embed with South Sudan’s main opposition movement, the SPLM-IO, traveling on foot through rebel-held parts of the country to shed light onRead More

Ethnic Cleansing May Be Underway in the DRC

BUNIA, Democratic Republic of Congo — “Why are you cutting me? Forgive me! Have mercy!” Alphonsine Njededa, a woman in her 70s, was lying on a bed in a darkened one room hospital ward when she recounted the attack on her village less than two weeks earlier. Njededa screamed as the militiaman slashed at herRead More

Gary Cohn: Mission Accomplished

Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser, is leaving the White House after just 14 months — but not before delivering a number of gifts to Wall Street and his old firm, Goldman Sachs. That list starts with a 40 percent cut in corporate income tax that Cohn, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (another former GoldmanRead More

Bank Earnings are Soaring, but Congress Wants to Gut Post-Crisis Safeguards

Dick Bove, a high-profile banking analyst, was feeling contrite. For years, Bove, a regular on CNBC, has been arguing for the rollback of regulations imposed after the 2008 financial collapse. “But lately I’ve been trying to figure how regulation has hurt the banking industry,” Bove confessed in an interview last spring. “And I’m having a lotRead More

Lawmakers Want to Know Why the Trump Administration Demanded Sensitive Oil Data

Lawmakers are demanding answers from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about why political appointees in his department asked for early access to data from a study of oil and gas deposits on Alaska’s North Slope—a request that led to the resignation of a top scientist at the US Geological Survey. In a letter to Zinke Tuesday, two high-ranking DemocratsRead More

Did Palantir Secretly Use New Orleans to Test Predictive Policing?

On May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States, the Orleans Parish district attorney handed down two landmark racketeering indictments against dozens of men accused of membership in two violent Central City drug trafficking gangs, 3NG and the 110ers. Members of both gangs stood accused of committingRead More

Too Big to Fine, Too Small to Fight Back

One day in April 2015, Nasser Farahnakian watched helplessly as the streets around his gas station in Corpus Christi flooded. That spring had seen a succession of severe thunderstorms in South Texas, smashing rainfall records and causing widespread flooding across this city of 300,000. As the waters rose around Farahnakian’s business, hundreds of gallons pouredRead More

DOI Scientist Resigned After Demand for Sensitive Oil Data

Murray Hitzman could have had a long and distinguished career at the US Geological Survey. In September 2016, when he joined the USGS as head of its energy and minerals program, his name was being floated as a possible future director of the agency. But just 15 months later, he resigned in protest over whatRead More

Welcoming Alissa Figueroa to The Investigative Fund

We’re excited to announce a new addition to our team! Alissa Figueroa will be The Investigative Fund’s newest senior editor and senior producer, where she will oversee the Ida B. Wells Fellowship program and our broadcast partnerships. Prior to coming to the Investigative Fund, Alissa was investigative producer at Fusion, where she helped launch theRead More