Methane leak explosion

The gas field next door: living amid old storage wells at risk of leaks

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer and environmental issues.  More Americans than previously estimated live within a city block of aged, underground natural gas storage wells, some more than a century old and most of them lacking modern designs to prevent …

People in line at California DMV

States tackle immigration on their home turfs

State legislatures amassed more than 250 bills focused on immigration this year, drilling down on hot topics like sanctuary cities and professional licensing, as well as new concerns including the census question and separating children from their parents at the border.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Trump proposes priority for skilled workers, DNA tests

The Investigative Reporting Workshop continues to track immigration-related news, including the 2020 presidential race and policy changes that have occurred during the Trump administration. Check out our interactive timeline and where the 2020 candidates stand on the topic. In other immigration news: President Trump announced a new immigration plan Thursday that would prioritize highly skilled workers over …

Made in China 2025: the industrial plan China doesn’t want anyone talking about

The plan has become a political flashpoint in the Trump administration’s trade war with China: last fall, Vice President Mike Pence invoked the country’s ire when he lambasted Made in China 2025 — its sweeping industrial planning strategy — as a directive to obtain American intellectual property. Now, at least officially, it’s no longer part …

Trump grants last-minute, year-long extension to Liberian immigrants threatened with deportation

President Trump on Thursday extended a little-known temporary immigration program for Liberians who have lived in the United States lawfully since at least 2002. The move came just days before the protection would have expired, leaving more than 800 long-term residents subject to deportation. The 12-month extension to the Deferred Enforced Departure program was announced …

Tracing political scandals from Nixon to Clinton to Trump

The Investigative Reporting Workshop is co-publishing this essay with Zing.vn, one of the most-read news outlets in Vietnam. The United States is mired today in its worst, most significant and extensive political and ethical wrongdoing since the 1974 Watergate scandal that, after more than two years, resulted in the historically unprecedented resignation of President Richard …