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Susan Collins Backed Down From a Fight with Private Equity. Now They’re Underwriting Her Reelection.

The Maine Republican senator has become the No. 1 Senate recipient of private equity donations.

Charting the Long-Term Impact of Trump’s Judicial Appointments

Beyond the Supreme Court, not only has President Donald Trump appointed judges at a quicker pace than his predecessor, he’s appointing younger judges who may serve for many more years.

How Cops Who Use Force and Even Kill Can Hide Their Names From the Public

Marsy’s Law ensures crime victims the right to privacy. But police departments across Florida and the Dakotas have repeatedly used it to hide the names of officers who use force on the job. And the law may be spreading, too.

West Virginians Were Promised an Economic Revival. It Hasn’t Happened Yet.

The coal industry continues to decline. Natural gas isn’t bringing the prosperity it promised, and now the pandemic has wrecked the state’s economy.

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The Fed Saved the Economy but Is Threatening Trillions of Dollars Worth of Middle-Class Retirement

The Federal Reserve has bailed out the stock and bond markets and stabilized the economy with its rock-bottom rates — but at the expense of Social Security and pension funds.

Inside the Fall of the CDC

How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus.

Electionland 2020: Wisconsin’s Elections Commission, Drop Boxes, Absentee Voting and More

This week’s headlines on misinformation, early voting problems and fixing mail-in ballot errors.

How to “Follow the Money” in an Election

You don’t have to be a journalist or investigator to see who is funding who when it comes to U.S. politics, especially during an election year. Here are some ways to see what’s at play in the national and local races that matter to you.

Cómo seguir la pista del dinero en una elección

No hay que ser periodista o investigador para averiguar quién financia a quién cuando se trata de la política estadounidense, especialmente durante un año electoral. Conozca algunas maneras de ver lo que está en juego en las elecciones nacionales y locales que le interesan.

He Made a Minor Mistake Filling Out an Unemployment Form. Then the State Demanded $14,990 From Him.

State unemployment agencies are discovering errors in payments affecting hundreds of thousands of jobless Americans. Even when the agencies made the original error, they’re taking aggressive steps to get the money back.

How to Follow a Local Political Race

While the presidential race has a tendency to hog the spotlight, there’s plenty more at stake every election year. Here’s help with understanding local races, and how to learn more about the candidates on your local ballot.

Cómo seguir una contienda política local

Aunque la elección presidencial tiende a acaparar la atención, hay mucho más en juego cada año electoral. Aquí le ayudamos a entender las contiendas locales, y cómo saber más acerca de los candidatos en su boleta local.

The Questionable Line Items of Illinois’ COVID-19 Spending

We thought you should know more about how your taxpayer dollars are being spent. Use our look-up tool to examine COVID-19 spending in Illinois.

Trump Got What He Wanted at the Border. Would Biden Undo It?

Democrats agree that Trump’s caused asylum-seekers unacceptable misery. But the goal of deterring people from migrating to the U.S. — which has motivated Trump’s complex web of border policies — has seduced some Democrats, too.

Who Is My Member of Congress? How to Find Out What Your Elected Officials Have Been Up To.

Whether you’re voting on a senator or a house representative in 2020, here are some ways to see what your elected officials have been up to — as well as some background on how the whole lawmaking works (and what it looks like when it doesn’t).

¿Quién es mi representante en el Congreso? Cómo averiguar lo que sus funcionarios electos han estado haciendo

Ya sea que vaya a votar por un senador o por un legislador de la Cámara de Representantes en 2020, aquí tiene algunas formas de ver lo que han estado haciendo sus funcionarios electos, así como algunos antecedentes sobre cómo funciona todo el proceso legislativo (y cómo luce cuando no funciona).

Top FEC Official’s Undisclosed Ties to Trump Raise Concerns Over Agency Neutrality

A top Federal Election Commission official, whose division regulates campaign cash, has shown support for President Trump and has close ties to his 2016 campaign attorney, Don McGahn. Experts said the actions raise questions about impartiality.

Qué hacer si cambia de opinión y decide votar en persona y no por correo

Tal vez solicitó una boleta de votación por correo, pero cambió de opinión y ahora quiere ir personalmente a las urnas. A continuación, explicamos lo que se puede hacer en cada estado si ha cambiado de parecer sobre cómo desea emitir su voto.

Records Show Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts

A review of federal spending data found modifications to contracts have increased the price of the border wall by billions, costing about five times more per mile than it did under previous administrations.

What to Do if You Change Your Mind About Voting by Mail

Maybe you requested a mail ballot but changed your mind and want to vote in person. This is what you can do in every state if you’ve reconsidered how you want to cast your vote.

El atascamiento partidista en la Comisión Estatal Electoral de Wisconsin frustra a electores y funcionarios locales

Este año electoral, la comisión encargada de supervisar la votación de este estado decisivo se ha estancado por divisiones partidistas en una cifra récord de asuntos clave, dando lugar a incongruencias, desorden y retrasos.

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