Justin Elliott

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Justin Elliott has been a reporter with ProPublica since 2012, where he has covered business and economics as well as money and influence in politics. He has produced stories for outlets including the New York Times and National Public Radio, and his work has spurred congressional investigations and changes to federal legislation.

His work on TurboTax maker Intuit won a Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism. He was also honored with an Investigative Reporters and Editors award for a series on the American Red Cross and, with the Trump Inc. podcast team, a duPont-Columbia Award. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in history and classics.

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Government Standards Agency “Strongly” Suggests Dropping its Own Encryption Standard

The decision follows revelations about the NSA’s covert influence on computer security standards.

From Russia With PR

Commentaries published on CNBC.com and the Huffington Post were written by seemingly independent professionals but placed on behalf of the Russian government by its PR firm, Ketchum.

Johns Hopkins and the Case of the Missing NSA Blog Post

The university, which works closely with the NSA, apologizes to a professor after he was asked to remove his post.

What NSA Transparency Looks Like

Disclosures by the spy agency about violations of privacy rules have been almost entirely redacted.

NSA Says It Can't Search Its Own Emails

In response to a public records request, the super-snooping spy agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

Does the NSA Tap That? What We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Internet Surveillance

In a secret effort, the National Security Agency appears to be vacuuming up large swathes of the Internet.

Dark Money Group Spent on House Race, Then Told IRS It Didn’t

A Better America Now had spent money on mailers linking a congressional candidate to "left-wing extremists" and a controversy involving an endangered spider.

Remember When the Patriot Act Debate Was All About Library Records?

The early debate around a key provision wasn’t about anything like mass collection of phone records.

The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency's Snooping

The recent leaks have shed light on one of the darkest corners of the U.S. government -- but when it comes to mass surveillance practices, clarity remains elusive.

Mass Surveillance in America: A Timeline of Loosening Laws and Practices

The evolution of the National Security Agency’s dragnet under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal

As Congress probes why the IRS flagged Tea Party applications, we offer some context on the rise of political social welfare nonprofits.

How the IRS’s Nonprofit Division Got So Dysfunctional

The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement and financial constraints.

IRS Office That Targeted Tea Party Also Disclosed Confidential Docs From Conservative Groups

The IRS’s Cincinnati office last year sent ProPublica the unapproved applications for several conservative groups.

House Finance Chair Hensarling Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall Street

Shortly after becoming chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling held a weekend fundraiser with lobbyists in Utah’s swanky Deer Valley.

In Key Senate Job, Ex-Lockheed Exec Replaced by Ex-Lockheed Lobbyist

As military contractors fight budget cuts, they get a friendly face on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Republicans and Dems Come Together — to Keep IRS From Competing with TurboTax

A recently introduced bill would ban the IRS from offering free tax prep software.

Another Layer to Rendell’s Fracking Connections

Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor who oversaw a boom in the state's natural gas business, is special counsel to a Philadelphia firm deeply involved in the controversial fracking trade.

More Than a Matter of Opinion: Ed Rendell’s Plea for Fracking Fails to Disclose Industry Ties

Rendell, who supported fracking when he was governor of Pennsylvania, urged Andrew Cuomo of New York to get behind the industry in a strongly worded newspaper piece. He left a few details out.

Drilling Deeper: The Wealth of Business Connections for Obama’s Energy Pick

MIT physicist Ernest Moniz is an academic who has also served on boards or advisory councils of large energy companies, including BP

U.N. Think Tank Opening Office in Bahrain, with Bahraini Government Funding

The Gulf kingdom welcomes the International Peace Institute even as it bars some human rights advocates and journalists from the country.

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