Have lawmakers helped themselves while helping the country? After the nation's financial crisis led Congress to unprecedented economic intervention, The Washington Post began an investigation that pierced the secrecy of the deeply flawed financial disclosure system that governs the 535 men and women who draft the nation's laws. Members of Congress directed millions of dollars to infrastructure projects near their residences and businesses, in some cases paving roads in front of their houses.
"How Rubio Helped His Ex-Con Brother-In-Law Acquire a Real Estate License" is from the Politics and Power section of The Washington Post. It was written by Scott Higham and Manuel Roig-Franzia and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Pharmaceutical companies that manufacture or distribute highly addictive pain pills have hired dozens of officials from the top levels of the Drug Enforcement Administration during the past decade, according to a Washington Post investigation.
In 2015, The Washington Post launched an unprecedented effort to account for every fatal shooting by an officer of the law. Their study has motivated the FBI to action, and changed the way we think of those who serve and protect. After a police officer shot and killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the media began to pay greater attention to deadly interactions between black men and the law.
"Associates of Russia's Putin Had $2 Billion in Offshore Accounts, Report Says" is from the April 03, 2016 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Scott Higham and narrated by Sam Scholl.