Isaac Arnsdorf

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Isaac Arnsdorf covers national politics.

His reporting on President Trump's agenda for veterans won the Sidney Hillman Foundation's Sidney Award and the National Press Club's Sandy Hume Award, and was an honorable mention for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.

Before joining ProPublica in 2017, he covered lobbying and campaign finance at Politico. He previously worked for Bloomberg News.

White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi Arabia

The overture follows an intense and secretive lobbying push involving Michael Flynn, Tom Barrack, Rick Gates and even Iran-Contra figure Robert McFarlane.

Trump Appointee Resigns After ProPublica Report

The Bureau of Indian Affairs official was overseeing a loan program that was in litigation over a loan guarantee he obtained while in private business.

Your $20 Million Loan Went Bust? The Trump Team Has a Job For You

A government watchdog found irregularities in a loan guarantee arranged by Gavin Clarkson for an Indian tribe. Now Clarkson is in charge of the program that is on the hook for the mess.

Robert Mueller Subpoenas an Associate of the Man Who Hired Michael Flynn as a Lobbyist

The special counsel wanted to question a Turkish businessman with interests in Turkey, Russia and the U.S. — and ties to people with criminal records.

How Jeff Sessions Misrepresented the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Military Supplies for Police

The attorney general mischaracterized Obama-era restrictions while citing a study that actually says new computers reduce crime more than heavy weapons do.

Lifting the Veil on Another Batch of Shadowy Trump Appointees

The administration continues to quietly hire political staffers — more than 1,000 so far, many of them regulating industries they previously worked for — but we’ve uncovered more identities. “The swamp continues,” says a Trump campaign official who is now a lobbyist.

Pro-Russian Bots Take Up the Right-Wing Cause After Charlottesville

Analysts tracking Russian influence operations find a feedback loop between Kremlin propaganda and far-right memes.

Who Is the Russian Lobbyist Who Met With Donald Trump Jr.?

Rinat Akhmetshin once worked for military intelligence in the former Soviet Union. He says he’s long retired from that work, but some American officials suspect he still has ties to Russian intelligence.

The ‘International Man of Mystery’ Linked to Flynn’s Lobbying Deal

Dmitri “David” Zaikin made Russian energy deals with powerful officials, advised Eastern European parties drifting toward Russia, brokered condos at Toronto’s Trump Tower, and teamed up with the guy who hired Michael Flynn.

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