Special Investigations

The Coronavirus Crisis

As the Coronavirus Descended on the Border, the Trump Administration Escalated Its Crackdown on Asylum

The coronavirus presented the Trump administration with the pretext to shut down the border and choke off asylum once and for all.

Online Lenders Are Preying on Desperate Borrowers and Could Trigger a New Consumer Financial Crisis

The surge in fintech lending may have dire consequences for American consumers.

Bad Chemistry

PFAS Contamination Divides an Alabama Town

In industry-friendly Decatur, a longtime production hub for 3M, residents are grappling with a PFAS crisis — and how to hold polluters to account.

Thom Tillis Built the Fire. Now It Could Consume Him.

Sen. Tillis is an avatar for the GOP’s reactionary turn to the right. Now, his proximity to Trump makes him one of the most vulnerable incumbent senators.

Special Feature


The hacked data from 251 police websites represents an unprecedented exposure of the internal operations of federal, state, and local law enforcement.

Disregarding the Virus and Victims’ Families, Trump Rushes to Execute as Many People as Possible

With coronavirus cases on the rise in Indiana, the Trump administration carried out the first federal executions in 17 years.

Baltimore’s Violence Interrupters Confront Shootings, the Coronavirus, and Corrupt Cops

As Baltimore struggles with Covid-19, an epidemic of gun violence, and racist policing, a public health approach to crime is gaining traction.

The Coronavirus Crisis

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, a Flawed Guardianship System Can Make It Impossible to Care for Relatives in Assisted Living Facilities

Adult guardianship is a legally thorny issue that sees seniors placed in assisted living facilities, even when they have relatives willing to care for them.

The Coronavirus Crisis

How Trump’s Deportation Flights Are Putting Latin America and the Caribbean at Risk

The U.S. has forged ahead with deportations amid the pandemic, creating a petri dish for the virus in crowded ICE facilities and then exporting it overseas.

Special Feature

The FBI's Secret Rules

President Trump has inherited a vast domestic intelligence agency with extraordinary secret powers. A cache of documents offers a rare window into the FBI’s quiet expansion since 9/11.