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Past articles by Tim:


Caught in a storm of criticism and internal strife, the NRA meets in Houston

This isn't the first time the NRA has held its convention days after a nearby mass shooting. Some politicians and musicians are dropping out, and gun control advocates are preparing protests. → Read More


The NRA's Secret Tapes

Soon after the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, leaders of the National Rifle Association held a conference call to craft their response. Secret tapes from this call obtained by NPR's Investigations team reveal how the NRA developed what would become their standard response after decades of school shootings. | Listen to the original Up First episode: n.pr/nratapes → Read More


Putin orders troops not to storm Mariupol's last holdout

The Russian president called it a victory, but Ukrainian soldiers maintain control of a sprawling steel plant. Putin said a blockade of the plant will save the lives of Russian fighters. → Read More


Zelenskyy accuses Russians of leaving thousands of land mines in the Kyiv area

Russia has withdrawn its troops from the area around Ukraine's capital, but they've left deadly explosive ordinance in homes, on streets and in fields, posing a deadly threat to civilians. → Read More


Ukrainian officials emphatically reject Russia's call to surrender besieged Mariupol

After weeks of bombarding the city, Russia offered the ultimatum on Sunday: If Mariupol surrenders, it will let civilians leave and humanitarian aid enter. Ukrainian officials refused. → Read More


Ukraine's warzone economy

Russia's invasion has forced Ukrainian businesses to mobilize for the broader war effort. How are the people on the ground adjusting and what are they doing to support themselves? → Read More


A secret tape made after Columbine shows the NRA's evolution on school shootings

Just after the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, NRA leaders agonized over what to do. NPR obtained recordings of the calls, which lay out how the NRA has handled mass shootings ever since. → Read More

The NRA's 'First Lady' Thought Donald Trump Owed Her a Favor. Here's How That Went

A new book chronicles how Wayne and Susan LaPierre used his gun lobbying job as their ticket to high society, bizarre elephant hunting safaris, and millions in questionable spending → Read More


TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do

Online stock trading has taken off, bolstered by easy apps and lower prices. Now, a community of young investors have a new strategy: looking for stock tips from members of Congress. → Read More


The NRA Cancels Its Annual Meeting Again, Underscoring The Group's Uncertain Future

The National Rifle Association called off its annual meeting for the second year in a row due to the pandemic. The cancellation is the latest setback in a series of financial and legal troubles. → Read More


The FBI Keeps Using Clues From Volunteer Sleuths To Find The Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters

In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, a group of volunteer sleuths came forward to assist law enforcement in an unprecedented effort to identify possible suspects. → Read More


One Medical Employees Say Concierge Care Provider Is Putting Profits Over Patients

Employees at the health care company One Medical have accused the provider of mismanagement, less focus on patients and poor working conditions. Company leadership has denied the claims. → Read More


The Justice Department Is Struggling To Bring Capitol Riot Cases To Trial: Here's Why

After the U.S. Capitol riot, there was a sense that the Jan. 6 cases would be straightforward. But defense attorneys describe prosecutors as overwhelmed by evidence and struggling to build cases. → Read More


Some Proud Boys Are Moving To Local Politics As Scrutiny Of Far-Right Group Ramps Up

The future of the far-right Proud Boys is murky after at least 30 alleged members are facing charges in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Now a former member and the current leader describe their plans. → Read More


Report: DHS Division Failed To Analyze Intelligence Ahead Of Capitol Violence

A forthcoming report says DHS officials had the intelligence they needed to predict that the pro-Trump rally would become violent. What was missing was DHS telling the people who needed to know. → Read More


Judge Dismisses NRA Bankruptcy Case, Heightening Risk For Dissolution Of Group

A federal judge threw out the National Rifle Association's bid to declare bankruptcy Tuesday, allowing New York to proceed in its effort to dissolve the gun rights group for alleged "fraud and abuse." → Read More


What We Know About The Suspect Who Planted Bombs Before The Capitol Riot

More than 400 people are charged in the Jan. 6 riot, but one suspect remains elusive to law enforcement: the person who left bombs near the Democratic and Republican national committee headquarters. → Read More


Yes, Capitol Rioters Were Armed. Here Are The Weapons Prosecutors Say They Used

An NPR review of federal charges against people involved in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot shows they were armed with a wide variety of weapons, contradicting a false claim that rioters were not armed. → Read More


Across The Internet, A Game Of Whac-A-Mole Is Underway To Root Out Extremism

How are alternative platforms, where extremist ideology and disinformation thrive, monitored? Can we ever really root out extremism in the virtual space or will the targets just keep jumping around? → Read More


One Medical's Coronavirus Vaccine Practices Spark Congressional Investigation

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis is investigating after NPR reported that the boutique health care provider allowed ineligible patients to skip the COVID-19 vaccine line. → Read More