Tim Mak
Tim Mak
NPR Washington Investigative Correspondent. Author of the book MISFIRE: Inside the Downfall of the NRA Covering politics/natsec/tech. Also EMT. Gmail: timkmakSource
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A secret tape made after Columbine shows the NRA's evolution on school shootings

A secret tape made after Columbine shows the NRA's evolution on school shootings

Secret recordings of NRA officials after Columbine school shooting show strategy Just after the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, NRA leaders agonized over what to do. NPR obtained recordings of the calls, which lay out how the NRA has handled mass shootings ever since.Soon after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, senior leaders of the National Rifle Association huddled on a conference call to consider canceling their annual convention, scheduled just days later and a few miles away. Thirteen people lay dead at a high school in Colorado. More than 20 were injured. Images of...

Nov 9
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TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do

TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do

Young investors have a new strategy: watching financial disclosures of sitting members of Congress for stock tips. Among a certain community of individual investors on TikTok, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stock trading disclosures are a treasure trove. "Shouts out to Nancy Pelosi, the stock market's biggest whale," said user 'ceowatchlist.' Another said, "I've come to the conclusion that Nancy Pelosi is a psychic," while adding that she is the "queen of investing." "She knew," declared Chris Josephs, analyzing a particular trade in Pelosi's financial disclosures. "And you would have known...

Sep 29
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Across The Internet, A Game Of Whac-A-Mole Is Underway To Root Out Extremism

Across The Internet, A Game Of Whac-A-Mole Is Underway To Root Out Extremism

As Big Tech Deplatforms, Extremists Find New 'Alt-Tech' Ways To Talk Online How are alternative platforms, where extremist ideology and disinformation thrive, monitored? Can we ever really root out extremism in the virtual space or will the targets just keep jumping around?Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsAs big tech companies "deplatform" domestic extremists, the far-right is innovating around this clampdown by embracing and in some instances creating novel technologies, experts say. Mainstream companies such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter were already policing their...

Mar 16
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One Medical's Coronavirus Vaccine Practices Spark Congressional Investigation

One Medical's Coronavirus Vaccine Practices Spark Congressional Investigation

Coronavirus House Subcommittee To Investigate One Medical's Vaccine Practices The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is investigating after NPR reported that the boutique health care provider allowed ineligible patients to skip the COVID-19 vaccine line.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe consequences are deepening for concierge health care provider One Medical following an that found the company administered COVID-19 vaccinations to those with connections to leadership, as well as ineligible patients. The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is...

Mar 2
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High-End Medical Provider Let Ineligible People Skip COVID-19 Vaccine Line

High-End Medical Provider Let Ineligible People Skip COVID-19 Vaccine Line

Concierge Care Provider One Medical Gave COVID-19 Vaccines To Ineligible People Concierge health care provider One Medical has been allowing ineligible people to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Staff questioned what they saw as inappropriate, internal documents obtained by NPR show.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsA national health care provider has administered COVID-19 vaccinations to people deemed ineligible for the scarce vaccine by local health departments, including people with connections to company leaders and customers of its concierge medical service, according to internal...

Feb 24
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How The U.S. Fended Off Serious Foreign Election Day Cyberattacks

How The U.S. Fended Off Serious Foreign Election Day Cyberattacks

Foreign Hacking In 2020 Election Averted; Domestic Disinformation Still A Threat Officials feared the worst on Election Day: foreign-inspired disinformation and hacking. It didn't happen. Here's how government and private cyber sleuths helped keep the system safe.On Election Day, Geoff Brown watched lines of text flow by on monitors at New York City Cyber Command in downtown Manhattan. Brown, the head of the city's cybersecurity operation, was plugged into a bank of virtual conference rooms, checking in with partners at the local, state and federal levels working together to monitor...

November 18, 2020
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Here's Where The Threat Of Militia Activity Around The Elections Is The Highest

Here's Where The Threat Of Militia Activity Around The Elections Is The Highest

Will Militia Groups Disrupt The Elections? 5 States Face The Biggest Threat Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Oregon have the highest risk of seeing increased militia activity around the elections, according to a new report obtained exclusively by NPR.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsFive states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Oregon — have the highest risk of seeing increased militia activity around the elections: everything from demonstrations to violence. That's the conclusion of , a crisis-mapping project, and the research group MilitiaWatch....

October 22, 2020
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Report: Oregon is among 5 states where the threat of militia activity around the elections is highest

Report: Oregon is among 5 states where the threat of militia activity around the elections is highest

In The NewsFive states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Oregon — have the highest risk of seeing increased militia activity around the elections: everything from demonstrations to violence.THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR:That's the conclusion of , a crisis-mapping project, and the research group MilitiaWatch. They worked together to map out potential hot spots for militia-style activities around the elections.Their report looks at states where militias have had recruitment drives and training, where they have cultivated relationships with law enforcement and where there has been...

October 22, 2020
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Weeks Before Virus Panic, Intelligence Chairman Privately Raised Alarm, Sold Stocks

Weeks Before Virus Panic, Intelligence Chairman Privately Raised Alarm, Sold Stocks

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR. The remarks from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr were more stark than any he had delivered in more public forums. On Feb. 27, when the United States had 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, President Trump was tamping down fears and suggesting that the virus could be seasonal. "It's going to disappear. One day, it's like a miracle. It will disappear," the president...

March 19, 2020
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