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Going It Alone

Elias Pompa is the lone deputy in one of the poorest counties in Texas. He is also at the center of the U.S. border crisis.

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"Then I Saw Them Everywhere. Children’s Belongings Were Everywhere.”

How the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 rippled around the world, from the the battlefield of Ukraine to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to the White House.

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A ‘Band-Aid’ for 800 Children

A profile of Nora Sandigo, guardian to hundreds of kids born in America to illegal immigrants.

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In NSA Net, Ordinary Web Users Eclipse Legal Targets

In the latest revelation from Edward Snowden, the U.S. government is shown to collect and retain massive amounts of data on nearly 900,000 people with the most minimal of connections to official NSA targets. The collected information tells our “stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes.”

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Behind the Yellow Door, a Man’s Mental Illness Worsens

A family struggles as a 42-year-old husband, father and son becomes increasingly isolated.

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Opportunity's Knocks

Tereza Sedgwick trains to become a nurse aid, the fastest-growing job in America. It pays just better than minimum wage and has one of the highest burnout rates of any career.

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"Ugh. I Miss It."

One man's transition from military to civilian life.

Previously: Eli Saslow on the Longform Podcast.

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Love and Fire

Serial arson in rural Virginia: a love story.

Previously: The Longorm Guide to Fire.

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Sinkhole of Bureaucracy

In an old mine an hour north of Pittsburgh, 600 federal employees manage paperwork for the government’s retirement system. By hand. On paper. Without computers. The same exact way they always have.

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Last Tango in Tahiti

Hunting Marlon Brando.

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Fatal Indifference

On hit-and-run deaths, and in particular, that of Tiara Nichelle Jackson on the Beltway.

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The Campaign That Rocked Washington

An unlikely bipartisan alliance attempts to get Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Teresa McGovern: A Death in the Cold

“In all his life, this was the moment of his greatest defeat.” On the death of George McGovern’s daughter on a cold winter night in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Tears for Audrey

Eleven years ago, three-year-old Audrey Santo fell into a pool. She nearly drowned. Much of her brain died. She cannot speak, can only barely move. And every Wednesday, pilgrims show up at her family’s house, ready for a miracle.

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Too Much of Too Little

How living off food stamps is making South Texans obese but leaving them hungry.

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HealthCare.gov: How Political Fear Was Pitted Against Technical Needs

Ignored early warnings, political pressure, and a botched Obamacare rollout.

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Marty Sullivan Figured Out How The World's Biggest Companies Avoided Billions In Taxes

A profile of the policy wonk who shone the light and turned the tide on overseas tax havens.

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Hard Work

Why a freshman congressman can’t get his bill passed.

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Hiding in N. Virginia, a Daughter of Auschwitz

The quiet life of Brigette Höss, 80, whose father ran Auschwitz.

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The Meaning of Work

Chris, a 25-year-old black man, tries to get a good job.

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A Butler Well Served by This Election

A profile of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen. This article served as inspiration for the recent movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

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The Wiz

Navigating life as a brilliant teenage girl.

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Jeffrey Levitt Stole $15 Million

“Jeffrey Levitt stole and misappropriated a grand total of fourteen million, six hundred ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred forty-seven dollars and fifty-eight cents. He stole all that. It was the largest single white-collar crime in Maryland history, almost bringing down the state’s entire savings and loan industry.” And it still wasn’t enough.

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A Mother Helps Son in His Struggle with Schizophrenia

A week in the life of Naomi and Spencer Haskell.

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A Mother's Story: The Moon to His Sun

A daughter’s attempt to solve the riddle of her mom.

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The Prophets of Oak Ridge

The story of three peace activists — a drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter — who penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States.

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In Florida, A Food-stamp Recruiter Deals With Wrenching Choices

Dillie Nerios’s job is to convince people food is a right, not a luxury.

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Allen Iverson, NBA icon, Struggles with Life after Basketball

“He has hit rock bottom, and he just hasn’t accepted it yet.” Basketball’s iconoclast is a broke recluse at 37.

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A Nightmare in Real Life

On the American teenager who was kidnapped by Islamic militants while on vacation in the Philippines.

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Food Stamps Put Rhode Island Town on Monthly Boom-and-Bust Cycle

The economics of Woonsocket, where one-third of residents rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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A Vanished Life

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a 30-year-old woman loses most of her memory.

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In Rust Belt, a Teenager’s Climb from Poverty

A profile of 11th-grader Tabitha Rouzzo.

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If You Go Chasing Rabbits...

More than forty years later, tracking down an elementary school crush.

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What Might Have Been

A profile of George McGovern.

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Life of a Salesman

Frank Firetti, a 54-year-old pool salesman in Virginia, and his fading American dream.

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Exodus

A Kosovar refugee must decide between love and family.

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"I Was a Monster"

Ten years after D.C. area sniper shootings, an interview with Lee Boyd Malvo.

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In the Aftermath of Fauna vs. Car, a Suburban Butcher Makes Sense (and Some Venison) of a Random World

By day, Dan Brown runs the seafood counter at SuperFresh. By night, he does his life work: clearing, dressing, and sharing road-killed deer.

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'Is He Happy? Is He All Right?'

A profile of Larry King at the height of his fame and on the heels of his sixth divorce.

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40 Years After Watergate, Nixon Was Far Worse than We Thought

The Watergate reporters look back.

In the course of his five-and-a-half-year presidency, beginning in 1969, Nixon launched and managed five successive and overlapping wars — against the anti-Vietnam War movement, the news media, the Democrats, the justice system and, finally, against history itself. All reflected a mind-set and a pattern of behavior that were uniquely and pervasively Nixon’s: a willingness to disregard the law for political advantage, and a quest for dirt and secrets about his opponents as an organizing principle of his presidency.

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The Most Dangerous Game

The parallel lives of a KGB defector and his CIA handler.

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In the City of Cement

As U.S. troops departed, Baghdad in ruins.

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. While on assignment for the New York Times, Anthony Shadid died today in Syria.
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After the death of Jack Kevorkian, Lawrence Egbert is the new public face of American assisted suicide

A profile of the Final Exit Network's former medical director:
In those final seconds before his patients lose consciousness and die, the words they utter sound like Donald Duck, he says, imitating the high-pitched, nasally squeak familiar to any child who has sucked a gulp from a helium balloon. So, this is how a human being can leave this Earth? Sounding like Donald Duck?
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Fuqua School looks to African American football star to shatter racist legacy

An attempt to recruit black students at Virginia’s most famous “segregation academy.”

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Born to Run

On the privilege of being then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.

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Could This Time Have Been Different?

Retracing the early economic steps of the Obama administration.

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Slaying of State Senator's Associate Remains a Mystery in Baltimore

Karen Holloman opened the door of her uncle's apartment with his best friend, Larry Young, a step behind. As they edged inside, she looked to her left and saw the end of her uncle's bed and his motionless feet. "He's been in here asleep all along," Holloman muttered, for a moment annoyed at the worry he had caused by not answering his phone. Her anger froze as she entered his room: The Rev. Marvin Moore lay dead in his bed, a bullet hole through the back of his head, a pool of blood gathered beneath his limp arm.
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Why Not the Worst?

A search for the “armpit of America” ends in Battle Mountain, Nevada.

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Maine senators may not like each other much, but they share love of state, job

A profile of Maine’s two U.S. senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.

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The Hardy Boys: The Final Chapter...

On writing what you loathe. Leslie McFarlane, ghostwriter of the early Hardy Boys novels, was so ashamed of the work he couldn’t even bring himself to name the books in his diary. “June 9, 1933: Tried to get at the juvenile again today but the ghastly job appalls me.”

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Giving Hitler Hell

Arnold Weiss escaped Germany as a kid in 1938, leaving his family behind. He returned seven years later, now a U.S. intelligence officer tasked with tracking down fugitive Nazis. The ultimate revenge story.

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The Wrong Man

The cops thought they had captured a fugitive. They had not. Elias Fishburne was a hairdresser from Maryland and was going to jail.

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Since Dick Cheney Shot Him

What happened next for Harry Whittington, the guy Cheney shot in the face? Not an apology.

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Obama’s Afghanistan Choice

According to this excerpt from Woodward’s Obama's Wars, the president’s military advisors gave him only one option: send an additional 40,000 troops. Obama pushed back.

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The Internet Celeb Who Lives With Mom

A 2009 profile of the guy behind 4chan, Christoper “moot” Poole, his anonymous army of millions, and how it’s all losing him money.

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Three Minutes to Fort Totten

The story of a deadly collision on the D.C. Metro, told from surviving passengers’ point of view.

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Pulitzer Prize Is Withdrawn

On September 28, 1980, the Washington Post published a story by an ambitious young reporter about an 8-year-old boy addicted to heroin. The story won a Pulitzer. The boy didn’t exist.

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This Is War

How USAID workers are trained for work and danger in Afghanistan.

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A Pregnant Woman is Taken Captive [2/2]

A woman posing as a non-profit worker kidnaps a formerly homeless pregnant woman and tries to claim her baby. [PART 2]
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A pregnant woman is taken captive [1/2]

A woman posing as a non-profit worker kidnaps a formerly homeless pregnant woman and tries to claim her baby. [PART 1]
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Deadly Retaliation (2/2)

[Part 2 of 2] The story behind this spring’s spate of retributive murders in Southwest D.C.
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Prelude to a Tragedy (1/2)

[Part 1 of 2] The story behind this spring's spate of retributive murders in Southwest D.C.
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Candidate With A Diff’rence

In 2003, Gary Coleman ran for governor of California. But what he really wanted was to have never come to Hollywood in the first place.

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The Peekaboo Paradox

The dark secret life of The Great Zucchini, Washington D.C.’s most sought after children’s birthday party entertainer.

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Fatal Distraction

Forgetting a child in the backseat of a car is a horrifying mistake. But is it a crime? (A newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner.)