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Revenge of the Forgotten Class

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt.

Clay Pigeons: How Lobbyists Secretly Woo Top Election Officials

Clay Pigeons: How Lobbyists Secretly Woo Top Election Officials

Secretaries of state, who oversee ballot measures on topics from gun control to the minimum wage, are increasingly courted by interest groups and industries with billions of dollars at stake.

The Democrats’ Bad Map

The Democrats’ Bad Map

Hillary Clinton looks increasingly likely to win the White House, but her party faces a big obstacle to success in congressional races — Democrats are sorting themselves into geographic clusters where many of their votes have been rendered all but superfluous.

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

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

An investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post finds that Secretary of State Clinton initially pressed to keep civilian programs and listening posts after the U.S. troop pullout in 2011, but then her State Department scrapped or slashed them at the behest of the White House and Congress.

‘White Trash’ — The Original Underclass

‘White Trash’ — The Original Underclass

Waste people. Rubbish. Clay-eaters. Hillbillies. Two new books that reckon with the long, bleak history of the country’s white poor suggest their plight shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country off guard.

The Best Reporting on Hillary Clinton Over the Years

The Best Reporting on Hillary Clinton Over the Years

Hillary Clinton has spent over four decades in the public eye, a journey that has taken her from first lady of Arkansas to front-running Democratic presidential candidate. We have compiled some of the more significant investigative and accountability reports about her career.

What Newt Gingrich Really Thinks of Donald Trump

What Newt Gingrich Really Thinks of Donald Trump

In a private speech recorded in February, the onetime Speaker of the U.S. House, now reportedly on the shortlist to be Trump’s running mate, said Trump would lose in a landslide if he didn’t evolve to be more like Ronald Reagan than Barry Goldwater. He added that no one knows what a Trump presidency

Fire Fight

Fire Fight

South Carolina fire officials decided to make sprinklers mandatory in new homes. Homebuilders overturned the rule with help behind the scenes from Gov. Nikki Haley. It was one more win for an industry that has spent millions of dollars in state capitals to block a life-saving upgrade included in the