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Raw Story partners with Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter David Cay Johnston in push for investigative journalism

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WASHINGTON D.C. — RawStory.com announced today it has partnered with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston and DCReport.org as part of a major push into investigative reporting. Click here to learn how you can join.

Johnston won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in beat reporting for his work at the New York Times exposing inequities in the U.S. tax code. Johnston has written seven books, including two about Donald Trump—most recently It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America. Johnston and David Crook, a former Wall Street Journal editor, co-founded DCReport, a non-profit news organization, in 2017.

“Raw Story sees its future in original, reader-supported journalism,” said Raw Story founder and owner John Byrne. “We cannot sit still, and watch publishers abandon their watchdog roles. Advertising alone won’t pay the costs of beat reporting, but that’s not an excuse for publishers to sit on their hands.”

“Partnering with Raw Story promises to provide DCReport with the resources we need to expand our hard-hitting investigative reporting,” says Johnston. “I’m excited about this, and I’m looking forward to reaching many more readers.”

DCReport’s team of journalists will produce content for RawStory.com’s new ad-free subscription program. In return, Raw Story will raise money from readers to fund DCReport’s investigative reporting. Raw Story will host some content exclusively but will make most reporting free for any publisher to use with attribution after 72 hours.

RawStory.com, and a second site, AlterNet.org, will share the cost of reporting with readers in a hybrid model that pairs paid memberships with advertising revenue to support government oversight. Raw Story’s owners purchased AlterNet.org in 2018.

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“Journalism needs re-invention,” said Raw Story Editor and Publisher Roxanne Cooper. “Democracy is under siege. For-profits should support nonprofits in their role as guardians of good government.”

DCReport will produce original stories on financial regulation, taxes, energy, the environment, worker safety and corruption, under the overall title of [email protected] Articles will also continue to appear on the DCReport.org website.

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon

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When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.

And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.

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