Tim Mak

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How Small Tech Company Got $10.2 Million Contract To Build COVID-19 Database

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $10.2 million contract to a small firm to create a COVID-19 database. An NPR investigation finds unusual decisions made in the contract process.

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Exhausting Effect Of FOIA Requests Evident In 'Baseless'

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Nicholson Baker's book misses the mark in an aim to take readers on a quest to discover if the U.S. used biological weapons developed in the '50s — and to examine the failings of public records law.

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Government Watchdogs Point Out Poor Implementation Of CARES Act's Oversight Measures

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The $2 trillion CARES Act was passed with multiple overlapping accountability mechanisms designed to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. But government watchdogs are pointing out flaws in the system.

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DC Statue Of Lincoln Standing Over A Formerly Enslaved Man Sparks Controversy

Saturday, June 27, 2020

A memorial Washington, DC depicts Lincoln standing over a Black man. It's caused a rift between older Black DC residents, who want to keep the statue and younger residents, who want it removed.

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Nearly $1.4 Billion In Coronavirus Relief Payments Sent To Dead People

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The improper payments happened due to confusion over whether dead people should receive the payments from the IRS, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.

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Whistleblower: TSA Failed To Protect Staff, Endangered Passengers During Pandemic

Friday, June 19, 2020

A TSA official filed a whistleblower complaint alleging the agency didn't properly train staff, making them a "significant carrier" of the coronavirus. An independent agency ordered an investigation.

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How Decades Of Bans On Police Chokeholds Have Fallen Short

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A federal ban on police use of chokeholds has been discussed in recent weeks, but NPR reviewed the internal policies of several large U.S. police departments and found them difficult to enforce.

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Protests Over Police Brutality Continue In D.C.

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Thousands of protesters gathered outside the White House in yet another day and night of protests against police brutality, sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Crowds Assemble Across Washington In Mass Demonstrations Against Police Violence

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Near the White House, in front of the Lincoln Memorial and throughout the capital, people are gathering again in what has become a focal point of the nationwide protests over police brutality.

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Facebook Becomes Key Place For Extremist Boogaloo Movement Organizers

Saturday, June 06, 2020

The Boogaloo movement, seeking to start a new American civil war, continues to organize and recruit on Facebook, despite calls for the social media platform to intervene.

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Peace Prevails After Another Night Of Protests For George Floyd

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Despite heavy police and military presence and an extended curfew in many places, protests for George Floyd have persisted nationwide – and the majority of them have been peaceful.

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Trump Promises Dramatic Action To End Violent Protests

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

President Trump addressed the nation and promised to restore law and order, against a backdrop of explosions as protests swirled through Washington, D.C., and across the nation.

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President Trump Addresses The Nation And Walks To 'The Church Of Presidents'

Monday, June 01, 2020

President Trump has made his remarks to the nation on Monday. Right after that, he walked a short distance from the White House to St. John's Church, where a fire had been set during Sunday protests.

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Trump's Plan For Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests At Stores Yields Few Results

Monday, June 01, 2020

The White House promised widespread COVID-19 testing at CVS, Target, Walgreens and Walmart locations nationwide. But months later, testing is being offered at only a tiny fraction of their stores.

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Stocks Belonging To Pence Chief Of Staff Could Violate Conflict-Of-Interest Laws

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, owns up to $1.64 million in stocks in companies related to the government's pandemic response. This could violate conflict-of-interest laws.

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Pence Chief Of Staff Owns Stocks That Could Conflict With Coronavirus Response

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Marc Short has between $506,043 and $1.64 million in stocks that could present conflicts of interest. Watchdogs say he needs to divest or recuse himself from issues that may impact his holdings.

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How The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic Is Similar To The 1918 Flu Pandemic

Monday, May 18, 2020

Close examinations of the 1918 flu pandemic may give some clues as to what could happen in 2020. The U.S. is already seeing impatience with restrictions similar to ones experienced in 1918.

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Sen. Burr To Step Down As Intelligence Chairman During Stock Sell-Off Probe

Friday, May 15, 2020

Sen. Richard Burr will relinquish his role as chairman of the Intelligence Committee, saying he doesn't want an FBI probe into allegations that he engaged in insider trading to distract the panel.

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Millions Of Pigs Will Be Euthanized As Pandemic Cripples Meatpacking Plants

Thursday, May 14, 2020

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on the meat industry, hog farmers anticipate they'll soon be forced to euthanize millions of pigs unable to be sent for processing.

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Relief Payments To The Dead: Lawmakers Demand Answers From Treasury

Friday, May 08, 2020

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the Treasury Department and the IRS how many deceased people received coronavirus relief checks from the government — and what the solution is.

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