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Let the sunshine in

Thank you to the Sunlight Foundation’s “Real Time Investigations” project, where Bill Allison and Anupama Narayanswamy are undertaking a massive FOIA inquiry to create a searchable database that would be helpful to other reporters (like me).

Jul 10, 2007
Inside the Newsroom

GOP likes earmarks too

While Democrats patted themselves on the back for their “earmark-free” spending bill earlier this year, some Republicans accused them of sneaking hidden earmarks into the bill. It turns out that some of the GOP critics were lobbying for earmarks behind the scenes.

Jul 10, 2007
Money and Politics


The new Democratic Congress passed a major spending bill earlier this year that it promoted as being stripped of all earmarks and a strike against pork-barrel spending. But even as the bill passed, a joint investigation by CIR and the Los Angeles Times reveals today, top Democrats and members of both parties deluged government agencies

Jul 10, 2007
Money and Politics

Lawmakers go behind the scenes to save their earmarks

After Democrats won control of Congress, they moved to fulfill their pledge to crack down on the controversial practice of lawmakers slipping projects in spending bills without public scrutiny. In February, they scrapped Republican-drafted bills loaded with earmarks and passed a bill that they boasted had none. Among those celebrating the achievement was Senate Majority

Jul 10, 2007

The death toll of a border town

More and more illegal immigrants have been dying as they pass through the secluded and perilous trails in Brooks County, Texas.

Jul 6, 2007

McClatchy probes voting fraud

Reporters hammered out an investigative piece on Patrick Rogers, a lawyer who was involved with the firing of David Iglesias, the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico.

Jul 3, 2007
Inside the Newsroom

Be the next Carl Prine

The PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW wrote up a guide for other journalists planning projects similar to Carl Prine’s investigation into the security of chemical plants and railroads. A condensed list of their advice:

Jul 2, 2007

Meet the man behind the curtain

In public, Dick Cheney wears a grimace. In private, Americans have never been quite sure what Cheney does–until now.

Jun 29, 2007
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