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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Trump's Plan For Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests At Stores Yields Few Results

Trump's Plan For Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests At Stores Yields Few Results

Trump Plan For Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests At Stores Yields Few Results The White House promised widespread COVID-19 testing at CVS, Target, Walgreens and Walmart locations nationwide. But months later, testing is being offered at only a tiny fraction of their stores.Heard onToggle more optionsTwice now, on and again on April 27, President Trump gathered some of the country's top corporate executives — from test producers to lab processors to major retailers — to tout his plan to make COVID-19 testing widely available. His vision: Blanket the country in drive-through testing sites. The...

June 1, 2020
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Stocks Belonging To Pence Chief Of Staff Could Violate Conflict-Of-Interest Laws

Stocks Belonging To Pence Chief Of Staff Could Violate Conflict-Of-Interest Laws

Stocks Belonging To Pence Chief Of Staff Could Violate Conflict-Of-Interest Laws Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, owns up to $1.64 million in stocks in companies related to the government's pandemic response. This could violate conflict-of-interest laws.Heard onToggle more optionsMarc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, owns up to $1.64 million in stocks in companies related to the government's pandemic response. This could violate conflict-of-interest laws.MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:After Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, entered...

May 28, 2020
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Irregularities In COVID Reporting Contract Award Process Raise New Questions

Irregularities In COVID Reporting Contract Award Process Raise New Questions

TeleTracking Technologies Awarded Coronavirus Data Contract in Irregular Process The administration awarded a contract for a COVID-19 database to TeleTracking Technologies using a process reserved for innovative research. Its CEO had links to the New York real estate world.Toggle more optionsAn NPR investigation has found irregularities in the process by which the Trump administration awarded a multi-million dollar contract to a Pittsburgh company to collect key data about COVID-19 from the country's hospitals. The contract is at the center of a controversy over the administration's...

July 30, 2020
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Government Watchdogs Point Out Poor Implementation Of CARES Act's Oversight Measures

Government Watchdogs Point Out Poor Implementation Of CARES Act's Oversight Measures

Government Watchdogs Point Out Poor Implementation Of CARES Act's Oversight Measures The $2 trillion CARES Act was passed with multiple overlapping accountability mechanisms designed to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. But government watchdogs are pointing out flaws in the system.Heard onToggle more optionsThe $2 trillion CARES Act was passed with multiple overlapping accountability mechanisms designed to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. But government watchdogs are pointing out flaws in the system.SARAH MCCAMMON, HOST:The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill called the CARES Act was passed...

July 15, 2020
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Who Is Watching Over Coronavirus Bailout Spending?

Who Is Watching Over Coronavirus Bailout Spending?

Who Is Watching Over Coronavirus Bailout Spending? As trillions of dollars begin to flow to bail out American industries, who's watching over it? We speak with Bharat Ramamurti, the first to be named to the Congressional Oversight Commission.Heard onToggle more optionsAs trillions of dollars begin to flow to bail out American industries, who's watching over it? We speak with Bharat Ramamurti, the first to be named to the Congressional Oversight Commission.LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:Congress is working to push out more rescue money, mainly for the small-business program, which quickly ran out...

April 19, 2020
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Sen. Richard Burr's Pre-Pandemic Stock Sell-Offs Highly Unusual, Analysis Shows

Sen. Richard Burr's Pre-Pandemic Stock Sell-Offs Highly Unusual, Analysis Shows

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr's Stock Sales Before Pandemic Were Unusual The recent stock sales by the North Carolina Republican were a market-beating anomaly that didn't match his typically middling trading history, according to a new Dartmouth College analysis.Sen. Richard Burr's sale of up to $1.7 million in stocks shortly before the recent market crash was one of the lawmaker's only market-beating trades since record keeping began eight years ago, according to a new study. The , presented by researchers at Dartmouth College, shows just how unusual the North Carolina senator's...

April 16, 2020
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A Month After Emergency Declaration, Trump's Promises Largely Unfulfilled

A Month After Emergency Declaration, Trump's Promises Largely Unfulfilled

In March, Trump Promised Resources To Fight The Pandemic. Few Happened On March 13, President Trump promised to mobilize private and public resources to respond to the coronavirus. NPR followed up on each promise and found little action had been taken.Heard onToggle more optionsUpdated at 10:10 p.m. ET One month ago today, President Trump declared a national emergency. In a Rose Garden address, flanked by leaders from giant retailers and medical testing companies, he promised a mobilization of public and private resources to attack the coronavirus. "We've been working very hard on this....

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April 13, 2020
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New York Attorney General Moves To Dissolve The NRA After Fraud Investigation

New York Attorney General Moves To Dissolve The NRA After Fraud Investigation

NRA Lawsuit: Fraud Investigation Moves New York AG To Seek Group's Dissolution New York's attorney general announced civil action to dissolve the National Rifle Association after an investigation found millions of dollars in alleged fraud by CEO Wayne LaPierre and others.Updated at 2 p.m. ET The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is "fraught with fraud and abuse." Attorney General Letitia James claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that she found...

August 6, 2020
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Whistleblower: TSA Failed To Protect Staff, Endangered Passengers During Pandemic

Whistleblower: TSA Failed To Protect Staff, Endangered Passengers During Pandemic

TSA Whistleblower: Lack Of Coronavirus PPE Left Airport Staff, Passengers Unsafe A TSA official filed a whistleblower complaint alleging the agency didn't properly train staff, making them a "significant carrier" of the coronavirus. An independent agency ordered an investigation.Heard onToggle more optionsUpdated at 3:45 p.m. ET The Transportation Security Administration withheld N95 masks from staff and exhibited "gross mismanagement" in its response to the coronavirus crisis – leaving employees and travelers vulnerable during the most urgent days of the pandemic, a senior TSA official...

June 19, 2020
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Senate Panel Launches Bipartisan Probe Into Think Tank Linked To Butina, Torshin

Senate Panel Launches Bipartisan Probe Into Think Tank Linked To Butina, Torshin

Senate Panel Launches Probe Of Think Tank Linked to Butina, Russian Agent Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee sent letters to the Center for Public Interest, the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department asking for information about meetings with Russians in 2015.The Senate Finance Committee is launching a bipartisan investigation into how a conservative think tank aided Maria Butina, the admitted Russian agent who sought political influence through her ties with the National Rifle Association. Butina to acting as a foreign agent in the United States in December, and her alleged...

February 16, 2019
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