Journalism in the Public Interest


Christopher Flavelle

Christopher Flavelle was an intern at ProPublica. He has written for Newsweek, Slate and The Washington Post, and produced videos for The New York Times' Web site. He is also a contributing writer for The Big Money, Slate's new business and economics site. Before studying at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Christopher was chief speechwriter to the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and an assistant editor at The Walrus magazine in Toronto. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McGill University.


Congress Does Repair Job on Stimulus School Construction Plan

President Obama has signed a bill providing federal subsidies directly to school districts for construction, rather than relying on lenders to offer lower interest rates because of prospective tax credits.

Stimulus Spending Cracks 40 Percent

Some $317 billion of the nearly $800 billion Recovery Act package is out the door.

Stimulus Spending Now at $314 Billion

Nearly 40 Percent of Stimulus Paid Out

Anniversary of Stimulus Met with Praise and Scorn

The anniversary of the stimulus brings the government’s claims that it's working, with 2 million jobs created or saved, and brings praise from some corners. Some critics -- and Republicans, of course -- beg to differ.

A Stimulus Birthday Present: Our Spending Speed Chart

A look at the bottlenecks in getting recovery money flowing into the economy.

Stimulus Speed Chart

Just how fast are federal agencies getting stimulus money out the door?

Stimulus Spending Hits $272 Billion—34 Percent of Total

The recovery totals climb, even with outdated numbers on tax cuts.

One-Third of Stimulus Money Spent

After Months of Drought, Stimulus Obligations Bounce Back

There has been an increase in stimulus money committed to specific projects, a big step toward moving it into the economy.

Obama Administration Slows Its Plan to Redirect Pakistan Aid

The U.S. is slowing plans to have Pakistani organizations handle aid money.

U.S. Contractor Announces Plans to Train Pakistani NGOs, On Its Own Dime

After a U.S. move to channel development money through local groups, an American company tries to position itself in Pakistan.

Stimulus Spending Hits $257 Billion, But the ‘Pipeline’ Is Still Emptying

Much money in the recovery plan has not yet been committed to specific projects.

USAID Asks for Help Training Pakistani NGOs Set to Receive U.S. Money

The agency in charge of distributing millions in civilian aid to Pakistan has asked for help training the local organizations that will spend it, saying they "do not meet the minimum standards for managing" U.S. government funds.

Nearly One-Third of Stimulus Paid Out in 2009

Two Cents Short, Company Tried to Cancel COBRA Benefits

A laid-off worker in Florida has to fight to restore his insurance after a mistake worth pennies.

Happy New Year? Fat Chance, Say Some Economists

Some experts worry that as the stimulus winds down, 2010 could become rocky.

New York City Calls for Drilling Ban in Watershed, Rejects State Study

New York City officials have called for a ban on natural gas drilling within the city’s 2,000-square-mile upstate watershed.

Schools Have Trouble Tapping Stimulus Funds

The stimulus program included $11 billion for school repairs and construction, but many school districts haven't been able to take advantage.

State Dept. Responds to Criticisms Over Pakistan Aid Report

A State Department official says it's important for Pakistanis to have "buy-in" to aid programs to foster long-term development.