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How politics and government really work, and why they don’t.

Our series seeks to show how politics and government really work, and why they don’t.

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The Continuing Muddle at a Pro-Trump Political Committee

‘America Comes First’ can’t seem to decide if it’s a PAC or a super PAC, but in either case its federal filings remain problematic.

The Breakdown

Update: FEC Looking at Super PAC That Hyped Penny Stock

Officers of ‘Voters for Hillary,’ which raised money but reported no political expenditures, had close ties to a Las Vegas firm that the PAC purportedly hired to run a call center.

Can the Democrats Be as Stubborn as Mitch McConnell?

Conservatives Plot Their Course on the Rising ‘Sea of Red’ in State Capitals

Rick Perry’s Texas Giveaways

Would Washington’s FDA Fix Cure the Patients or the Drug Industry?

Meet the Candidate For Attorney General Who’s Hunted Quail with Corporate Donors

The Sheriff Gets His Man

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

Would Wall Street Have a Place in a Clinton Administration?

Clay Pigeons: How Lobbyists Secretly Woo Top Election Officials

The Democrats’ Bad Map

Super PAC to Billionaire: We Need More Money to Save a Republican Senate

Fact-checking Trump and Clinton on the Billionaire’s Tax Break

The Surreal Politics of a Billionaire’s Tax Loophole

As ISIS Brewed in Iraq, Clinton’s State Department Cut Eyes and Ears on the Ground

‘White Trash’ — The Original Underclass

The Best Reporting on Hillary Clinton Over the Years

The Best Reporting on Tim Kaine Through the Years

The Best Reporting on Mike Pence Through the Years

What Newt Gingrich Really Thinks of Donald Trump

‘On Like Donkey Kong’: How a Dubious Super PAC Boosted a Questionable Penny Stock

The Best Reporting on Ted Cruz Through the Years

Super PACs and Trump’s Wife: How a Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness in Campaign Finance Rules

The Most Terrific Reporting on Trump

The Referendum That Might Have Headed Off Flint’s Water Crisis

Why Is Mitch McConnell Picking This Fight?

IRS Grants Nonprofit Status to ‘Dark Money’ Group Founded by Karl Rove

The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark

Campaign Donations Reflect the Sharp Split in Congress Among Republicans

The 10 Best 2015 Investigative Reports on Political Money

‘Somebody Intervened in Washington’

How ProPublica is (Un)-Covering Politics This Year and Beyond

Who Turned My Blue State Red?

Hillary Clinton’s Mixed Record on Wall Street Belies Her Tough ‘Cut it Out’ Talk

The Dog Ate My Vote: How Congress Explains Its Absences

Is the Gun Lobby’s Power Overstated?

Bankruptcy Lawyers Strip Cash from Coal Miners’ Health Insurance

How Senate Hopefuls Keep Donors Secret From Voters Until It's Too Late

Insurance Lobby That Fought Hillarycare and Obamacare Now Has Sturdy Bridges to Democrats

Road Hazard: How the ‘Embarrassing’ Gas Tax Impasse Explains Washington

As Hollywood Lobbied State Department, It Built Free Home Theaters for U.S. Embassies

Hacked Sony Emails Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Political Dealings in L.A.

Higher Ed Lobby Quietly Joins For-Profit Schools to Roll Back Tighter Rules

Rapid Rise in Super PACs Dominated by Single Donors

Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network

Super PAC Men: How Political Consultants Took a Texas Oilman on a Wild Ride

Hillary Clinton's Top Five Clashes Over Secrecy

Echoes of Hillary’s Past as Emails Put Her on Defensive