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The SEC Undermined a Powerful Weapon Against White-Collar Crime

The SEC Undermined a Powerful Weapon Against White-Collar Crime

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.After agonizing about the decision, the top financial adviser had finally gone to the Securities and Exchange Commission with proof of wrongdoing at his firm.He’s blunt about why: the roughly $50 million he stood to make under the agency’s whistleblower program, his calculation based on what kind of settlement he thinks the government could extract. It would be enough to offset any lost earnings in the likely event that his former colleagues figured out he’d turned them in...

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Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready.

Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren’t Ready.

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This story is part of an ongoing collaboration between ProPublica and FRONTLINE that includes an upcoming documentary.The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was stoked in plain sight. For weeks, the far-right supporters of President Donald Trump railed on social media that the election had been stolen. They openly discussed the idea of violent protest on the day Congress met to certify the result.“We came up with the idea to occupy just outside the CAPITOL on Jan...

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Trump Administration Pushes Rules Facilitating Religious Discrimination at Work

Trump Administration Pushes Rules Facilitating Religious Discrimination at Work

SharePolitics & ElectionsEnvironment & HealthPrisons & PolicingPolitics & ElectionsEconomy & LaborCulture & MediaIt was the hectic week before Thanksgiving, and Amrith Kaur — the legal director of an advocacy group called the Sikh Coalition — was not prepared for a surprise update from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that could have dramatic consequences for her clients.With little warning, the EEOC published a 112-page overhaul of itson religious discrimination in the workplace. The feedback period was proceeding with no time to spare — she would have to file any comments by...

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Dec 26
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The Trump Administration’s Final Push to Make It Easier for Religious Employers to Discriminate

The Trump Administration’s Final Push to Make It Easier for Religious Employers to Discriminate

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.It was the hectic week before Thanksgiving, and Amrith Kaur — the legal director of an advocacy group called the Sikh Coalition — was not prepared for a surprise update from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that could have dramatic consequences for her clients.With little warning, the EEOC published a 112-page overhaul of its on religious discrimination in the workplace. The feedback period was proceeding with no time to spare — she would have to file any comments...

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Dec 24
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How dozens of Trump’s political appointees will stay in government after Biden takes over

How dozens of Trump’s political appointees will stay in government after Biden takes over

Inexpensive, too! Subscribe today and get a full year of Mother Jones for just $12.It's us but for your ears. Listen on Apple Podcasts.Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.Thank you for subscribing!By signing up, you agree to our and , and to receive messages from Mother Jones and our partners.Can you pitch in a few bucks to help fund Mother Jones' investigative journalism? We're a nonprofit (so it's tax-deductible), and reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget.We noticed you have an ad blocker on. Can you pitch in a few...

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Judge Orders the Release of Data on Emergency Loans for Small Businesses

Judge Orders the Release of Data on Emergency Loans for Small Businesses

Fiscal Responses to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.After a monthslong legal fight over the transparency of one of the federal government’s largest coronavirus relief programs, a judge in Washington required the disclosure of data on thousands of smaller business loan recipients.The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in March, has so far dispensed more than $525 billion in loans that can be forgiven if the...

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Millions Still Haven’t Gotten Stimulus Checks, Including Many Who Need Them Most

Millions Still Haven’t Gotten Stimulus Checks, Including Many Who Need Them Most

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.It’s been 217 days since Congress instructed the IRS to send $1,200 stimulus checks to every citizen below a certain income threshold. And yet, it’s likely as many as 12 million people — including those who most need a financial boost — never got the cash.The reasons include confusion about how the complex program works, IRS missteps, technical snafus and Treasury Department policy decisions that cut out large groups of people altogether. Those who fell through the cracks...

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Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next.

Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next.

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.On a spring day in 2017, Robert Lighthizer walked through the doors of the office of the United States Trade Representative to introduce himself to the career staff who had shepherded American trade policy for a generation. After a chaotic few months awaiting Lighthizer’s confirmation, officials were eager for stability; Lighthizer offered deep expertise in a cabinet full of government neophytes. As a Washington operative with years of experience in international trade, he...

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The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save

The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.in downtown Chagrin Falls, a Cleveland suburb named for a picturesque cascade in a nearby river, little was amiss: Diners in loafers and sundresses dropped off their BMWs and Alfa Romeos with valets before positioning themselves on patios at prudently spaced tables. Teens ranged around manicured parks taking selfies, while well-groomed women dipped in and out of The Artful Yarn, A Bit of Skirt, and other boho boutiques, cryo spas and vintage home goods stores.Main Street...

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Sep 12
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Here’s Why Florida Got All the Emergency Medical Supplies It Requested While Other States Did Not — ProPublica

Here’s Why Florida Got All the Emergency Medical Supplies It Requested While Other States Did Not — ProPublica

Is the United States Prepared for COVID-19?ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.On March 11, Florida requested a cache of emergency supplies from the federal government to protect its medical workers against the novel coronavirus.Three days later, the state got everything it wanted.Other states had only tiny slivers of their requests fulfilled, including some that had asked for them earlier than Florida. Oregon and Oklahoma received only about 10%; New Jersey got less than 6%.This disparity has not been lost on...

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Mar 20
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