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Rent Is Still Due in Kushnerville

Rent Is Still Due in Kushnerville

Whispering Woods, a housing complex near Baltimore owned by the Kushner Companies.The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.It was the day after April rent was officially due — April 6 — and Kevin Maddox was officially late. The week before, he had lost both of his jobs within a few days of each other. Both were at food-service warehouses. “My job is to get the food to the restaurants, and if no one’s going to the restaurants, then I’m out of a job,” Maddox said. So he filed for...

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“Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread

“Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Stephan Lewandowsky studies the way people think, and in particular, why they engage in conspiracy theories. So when the observes wild speculation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, he sees how it fits into the historical pattern of misinformation and fake news.I recently wrote about as an investigative reporter assessing the range of unsubstantiated COVID-19 allegations put forth by a controversial researcher. Lewandowsky comes at the video and...

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Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest

Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest

The 45th President and His AdministrationThe U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.President Donald Trump’s signature food aid program is sending less relief to New York and New England than other parts of the country, even though the Northeast has the most coronavirus cases. Some states — Maine and Alaska at least — have been left out completely so far.The regional imbalances are an unintended side effect of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s strategy in hiring private contractors to...

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The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.A former White House aide won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, secured the deal with the Indian Health Service with limited competitive bidding and no prior federal contracting experience.The...

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Wedding Planner, Caterer, “Brand Builder”: Trump’s Food Aid Program Is Paying $100+ Million to Unlicensed Dealers

Wedding Planner, Caterer, “Brand Builder”: Trump’s Food Aid Program Is Paying $100+ Million to Unlicensed Dealers

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.A food relief program championed by President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka is relying on some contractors who lack food distribution experience and aren’t licensed to deal in fresh fruits and vegetables.The contractors on Friday began delivering boxes containing fresh produce to food banks and other nonprofits. Forty-nine out of the 159 contractors picked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deliver boxes containing produce don’t have...

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The Black American Amputation Epidemic

The Black American Amputation Epidemic

Black patients were losing limbs at triple the rate of others.The doctor put up billboards in the Mississippi Delta.Amputation Prevention Institute, they read.He could save their limbs,ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published.in the hospital after a particularly grueling week when Dr. Foluso Fakorede, the only cardiologist in Bolivar County, Mississippi, walked into Room 336. Henry Dotstry lay on a cot, his gray curls puffed on a pillow. Fakorede smelled the circumstances — a rancid whiff, like dead...

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The Sears Headquarters Deal Cost Taxpayers $500 Million. 30 Years Later, There’s Little to Show for It.

The Sears Headquarters Deal Cost Taxpayers $500 Million. 30 Years Later, There’s Little to Show for It.

The True Cost of the Sears Headquarters DealProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to get about our work.This article was produced in partnership with the Daily Herald, which is a member of the .Over the course of 30 years, the taxpayers of Illinois gave Sears the equivalent of more than a half-billion dollars in tax breaks and incentives to locate its headquarters in Hoffman Estates. In return, the retailer agreed to provide good-paying corporate jobs and return millions of dollars in tax payments.Now, as Sears is struggling to survive, the...

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The Trump Administration Is Rushing Deportations of Migrant Children During Coronavirus

The Trump Administration Is Rushing Deportations of Migrant Children During Coronavirus

After seven months apart, a Salvadoran mother and her two young daughters were reunited in Houston in May, although the federal government is trying to deport the girls, both victims of sexual assault.The 45th President and His AdministrationThe U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas...

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Sears’ Headquarters Was Supposed to Turn a Sleepy Suburb Into a Boomtown. It Never Happened.

Sears’ Headquarters Was Supposed to Turn a Sleepy Suburb Into a Boomtown. It Never Happened.

The True Cost of the Sears Headquarters DealProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to get about our work.This article was produced in partnership with the Daily Herald, which is a member of the .On a hot Sunday afternoon in June 1989, two of the most powerful men in Illinois met to watch a ballgame at Wrigley Field — and, if all went well, to make a deal.James R. Thompson, the state’s four-term Republican governor, and Edward Brennan, chairman of Sears, Roebuck & Co., the world’s largest retailer, had been deep in talks for months.The stakes...

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Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.

Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.By March 14, London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, had seen enough. For weeks, she and her health officials had looked at data showing the evolving threat of COVID-19. In response, she’d issued a series of orders limiting the size of public gatherings, each one feeling more arbitrary than the last. She’d been persuaded that her city’s considerable and highly regarded health care system might be insufficient for the looming onslaught of...

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Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.

Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.

CloseThe U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.By March 14, London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, had seen enough. For weeks, she and her health officials had looked at data showing the evolving threat of COVID-19. In response, she’d issued a series of orders limiting the size of public gatherings, each one feeling more arbitrary than the last. She’d been persuaded that her city’s considerable and highly regarded health care system might be insufficient for the looming onslaught of...

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Another Private Jet Company Owned by a Trump Donor Got a Bailout — This One for $20 Million

Another Private Jet Company Owned by a Trump Donor Got a Bailout — This One for $20 Million

The U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.An Omaha, Nebraska-based private jet company whose principal owner donated generously to Donald Trump and Republicans ahead of the 2016 election received $20 million in taxpayer aid from the federal bailout package passed in March.Jet Linx Aviation, which caters to well-to-do CEOs and executives, was the second private plane company founded or owned by Trump donors to receive federal funds designated for the airline industry under the Coronavirus...

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Whistleblower: Wall Street Has Engaged in Widespread Manipulation of Mortgage Funds

Whistleblower: Wall Street Has Engaged in Widespread Manipulation of Mortgage Funds

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Among the toxic contributors to the financial crisis of 2008, few caused as much havoc as . Huge quantities of them were assembled into securities that crashed and burned, damaging homeowners and investors alike. Afterward, reforms were promised. Never again, regulators vowed, would real estate financiers be able to fudge numbers and threaten the entire economy.Twelve years later, there’s evidence something similar is happening again.Some of the world’s biggest banks —...

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The Trump Administration Says a New Bailout Program Will Help 35 Million Americans. It Probably Won’t.

The Trump Administration Says a New Bailout Program Will Help 35 Million Americans. It Probably Won’t.

The 45th President and His AdministrationThe U.S. Response to COVID-19ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.Within a few weeks, the Federal Reserve will start a $600 billion lending program that the Trump administration will help 40,000 midsized businesses that employ 35 million Americans.The Main Street Lending Program is the next marquee effort of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which Congress passed in March. It is set to begin after weeks of criticism of the first, the Paycheck...

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An Elementary School Repeatedly Dismissed Allegations Against Its Principal. Then, an FBI Agent Pretended to Be a 13-Year-Old Girl.

An Elementary School Repeatedly Dismissed Allegations Against Its Principal. Then, an FBI Agent Pretended to Be a 13-Year-Old Girl.

Sexual Violence in AlaskaProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article was produced in partnership with the , a member of the ProPublica , and , a public radio station based in Bethel, Alaska.BETHEL, Alaska — For some parents, it was the gifts from the principal to young girls and their families that gave them pause. A few too many presents that cost a little too much money. Then began the late-night Facebook messages.Through most of it, the principal of one of the largest elementary schools in rural Alaska...

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The Justice Department Accidentally Released the Name of Saudi Official Suspected of Helping the 9/11 Hijackers

The Justice Department Accidentally Released the Name of Saudi Official Suspected of Helping the 9/11 Hijackers

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.After an extraordinary, two-year battle to keep secret the name of a Saudi diplomat suspected of ties to the 9/11 plot, the Justice Department accidentally disclosed the man’s name in a court filing.The revelation of the Saudi official’s identity, in a federal court filing last week, did little to illuminate links between the Al Qaeda hijackers and the Saudi government, which is being sued for complicity in the 2001 attacks by survivors and families of the victims.In fact,...

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COVID-19 Took Black Lives First. It Didn’t Have To.

COVID-19 Took Black Lives First. It Didn’t Have To.

ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.lived less than a mile from a hospital but, stepping out of his South Side apartment with a 103-degree fever, he told the Uber driver to take him to another 30 minutes away.Charles Miles’ breathing was so labored when a friend called to check on him that the friend called an ambulance. Still, Miles, a retired respiratory therapist, was reluctant to leave his home.Close family support had helped Rosa Lynn Franklin recover from a stroke several years ago, but when she...

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Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can

Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can

How Youngstown Gave Itself Away for the Promise of JobsProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.This article was produced in partnership with The Business Journal, based in Youngstown, Ohio, which is a member of the .On an unseasonably warm November morning in 2016, Youngstown’s business and political leaders crowded onto a small, scraggly plot of land on the Ohio city’s long-suffering East Side. Reeling from decades of decline, the area was a patchwork of potholed streets, weeded lots, moldering homes and...

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In Some of Ohio’s Most Populous Areas, Black People Were at Least 4…

In Some of Ohio’s Most Populous Areas, Black People Were at Least 4…

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 April 17 in Toledo, Ohio, a 19-year-old black man was arrested for violating the state stay-at-home order. In court filings, police say he took a bus from Detroit to Toledo “without a valid reason.” Six young black men were arrested in Toledo last Saturday while hanging out on a front lawn; police allege they were “seen standing within 6 feet of each other.” In Cincinnati, a black man was charged with violating stay-at-home...

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What Happened When Health Officials Wanted to Close a Meatpacking…

What Happened When Health Officials Wanted to Close a Meatpacking…

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 Tuesday, March 31, an emergency room doctor at the main hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska, sent an urgent email to the regional health department: “Numerous patients” from the JBS beef packing plant had tested positive for COVID-19. The plant, he feared, was becoming a coronavirus “hot spot.”The town’s medical clinics were also reporting a rapid increase in cases among JBS workers. The next day, Dr. Rebecca Steinke, a family...

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Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem…

Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem…

Exploring the Business of TrumpStay up to date with about WNYC and ProPublica’s investigations into the president’s business practices.This story was co-published with WNYC.On May 12, after a six-week delay caused by the pandemic, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the epic battle by congressional committees and New York prosecutors to pry loose eight years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.Much about the case is without precedent. Oral arguments will be publicly broadcast on live audio. The nine justices and opposing lawyers will debate the issues remotely, from their...

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On the Same Day Sen. Richard Burr Dumped Stock, So Did His…

On the Same Day Sen. Richard Burr Dumped Stock, So Did His…

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.Sen. Richard Burr was not the only member of his family to sell off a significant portion of his stock holdings in February, ahead of the market crash spurred by coronavirus fears. On the same day Burr sold, his brother-in-law also dumped tens of thousands of dollars worth of shares. The market fell by more than 30% in the subsequent month.Burr’s brother-in-law, Gerald Fauth, who has a post on the National Mediation Board, between...

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“Did I Mess This Up?” A Father Dying From Coronavirus, a Distraught…

“Did I Mess This Up?” A Father Dying From Coronavirus, a Distraught…

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.This story was co-published with the PBS series Frontline.The voice on the message started out calm but soon faltered. Natasha Roland wanted to report what happened to her father at the Queens Adult Care Center, a home for some 350 low-income elderly and mentally ill adults that I’d described as an epidemiologist’s nightmare in a story the previous week.“They had been telling me since March that they didn’t have any virus cases,”...

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“I Do Not Want to Die in Here”: Letters From the Houston Jail

“I Do Not Want to Die in Here”: Letters From the Houston Jail

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.This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local newsroom that informs and engages with Texans. Sign up for to get up to speed on their essential coverage of Texas issues.The Harris County Jail complex is in downtown Houston, but not of it. From many vantages inside, an inmate can get a pretty good look at the city center, its expanse of glass towers, theaters, arenas, bars and restaurants...

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A Conservative Legal Group Significantly Miscalculated Data in a…

A Conservative Legal Group Significantly Miscalculated Data in a…

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive as soon as they’re published.In an April report that warns of the risks of fraud in mail-in voting, a conservative legal group significantly inflated a key statistic, a ProPublica analysis found. The Public Interest Legal Foundation reported that more than 1 million ballots sent out to voters in 2018 were returned as undeliverable. Taken at face value, that would represent a 91% increase over the number of undeliverable mail ballots in 2016, a sign that a vote-by-mail system would be a “catastrophe” for...

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