Cora Currier


Cora Currier was a reporting fellow at ProPublica and previously on the editorial staff of the New Yorker. She has written for the New Yorkerâs website, The European, Letâs Go guides, and other publications. During the 2008 presidential election, she covered the youth vote for The Nation. She has also worked as a researcher for several books on history and politics. Cora graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Social Studies.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Drones

Our reading guide to the development and potential dangers of drones.

Billion Dollar Bait & Switch: States Divert Foreclosure Deal Funds

Under the foreclosure settlement with big banks, states got $2.5 billion to help homeowners. But a comprehensive, state-by-state breakdown shows that almost a billion is going to general use.

Where Are the Foreclosure Deal Millions Going in Your State?

We contacted every state to see how they are spending the money they received from the foreclosure settlement. Here’s the most comprehensive breakdown available anywhere.

Air Force Pilots Balk at Flying the World’s Most Expensive Fighter Jet

The Air Force acknowledges pilots are concerned about the F-22 Raptor’s oxygen-generation system, but the planes are still being flown.

Timeline: How Obama Compares to Bush on Torture, Surveillance and Detention

As the terrain and debate around national security shifts, we took a look back at some of the most controversial elements of George W. Bush’s national security policy, to see how much has changed under Obama – and how much has stayed the same.

News Corp. Exec Considered Enlisting Newspaper Editors in Lobbying Effort

Newly released emails show a News Corp. official suggesting editors at The Times (of London) and The Wall Street Journal Europe push British government officials to approve the company’s takeover of BSkyB. 

ALEC and ExxonMobil Push Loopholes in Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rules

The conservative nonprofit group ALEC has pushed industry-backed model legislation that lets oil and gas companies muddy the waters on disclosure of fracking chemicals.

Big Banks Slack on Maintaining Foreclosed Homes in Minority Areas, Complaint Charges

Housing advocates allege that Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank violated the Fair Housing Act by taking better care of foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods than in black and Latino neighborhoods.

The Best Watchdog Journalism On Fracking

A special edition of Top #Muckreads in advance of a ProPublica Tenement Talk on “The Perils and Promise of Fracking.”

Lack of Competition Stifles Refinance Program for Underwater Homeowners

A new report says borrowers who want to refinance mortgages under the government’s expanded Home Affordable Refinancing Program, or HARP, may not be getting the lowest rates because there’s little incentive for big banks to compete for business.

The Facts Behind the Government's New 'Hospitality' Guidelines for Immigrant Detainees

The government's new standards for more humane detention of undocumented immigrants have been criticized as too cushy. So what are they?

Are White House Housing Plans Really Stymied by the Regulator For Freddie and Fannie?

The head of the FHFA has steadfastly opposed principal reductions, which the Obama administration supports. Can the White House replace him?

Why the Pentagon's New Fighter Jet Will Now Cost More Than $1 Trillion

A new government report raises red flags about the F-35, the Pentagon’s flagship fighter-plane program.

The 24 States That Have Sweeping Self-Defense Laws Just Like Florida’s

Charting expansive “stand your ground” laws like the one at the center of the Trayvon Martin case.

Breaking Down the Mortgage Settlement: How Far Does $26 Billion Go?

How much will homeowners be helped by the settlement? We do the numbers.

Four Whistleblowers Who Sounded the Alarm on Banks' Mortgage Shenanigans

Whistleblower suits settled as part of the government's $25 billion settlement offer a glimpse at the kinds of behavior that ran rampant in big banks' mortgage operations.

13 Reasons Goldman's Quitting Exec May Have a Point

A timeline of SEC charges against Goldman and employees over the past decade.

Sealing Loose Lips: Charting Obama’s Crackdown on National Security Leaks

A timeline of the Obama administration’s aggressive campaign against government leakers.

Ponying Up: How Much Have Big Banks Been Docked for the Financial Crisis?

Nearly four years after the financial crisis, settlements with the big players on Wall Street keep coming out, one after the other. It can be hard to keep track of it all. So who’s been hit, with what, and for how much in total?

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