The land was worth millions. A Big Ag corporation sold it to Sonny Perdue’s company for $250,000.

An investigation by The Washington Post has found that agricultural company Archer-Daniels-Midland sold a grain storage plant worth millions for a fraction of its value to Sonny Perdue shortly before he became secretary of agriculture.

How U.S. leaders deliberately misled the public about America’s longest war

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post in 2019 revealed that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable. Nearly twenty years after the war began, President Biden has decided to withdraw troops.

Iran embassy hostages are still waiting for promised compensation forty years after their release

In 2015, Congress passed a law to pay restitution to the Americans taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran from 1979 to 1981. But the funds have run dry.

What climate activists from six countries want to see at COP26

Thousands of people are expected to march in Glasgow, Scotland, to push for climate action and protest the disparate impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities and countries. 

Inside New York City’s supervised consumption site for illegal drugs

The nation’s first sanctioned overdose prevention centers where people can use illegal drugs under supervision opened in New York City on Nov. 30, 2021, as the number of U.S. overdose deaths continues to soar. The sites are supported by state and local officials, but similar facilities were deemed illegal under the federal "crack house statute" by former President Trump's Justice Department in January 2021. Advocates hope the openings spur a shift toward offering services legally nationwide.

Long covid is destroying careers, leaving economic distress in its wake

For patients infected with the coronavirus, long-term fatigue, pain, and other debilitating symptoms are keeping them out of work, creating financial stress and despair.

First Hurricane Matthew, then Florence: A Town in Constant Recovery

The Lumber River has long been treasured, for centuries sustaining Native Americans and the European settlers who sought to build a community in North Carolina. Water from the 133-mile-long river fed fishermen, transported travelers and provided a natural bath for baptisms. 

But the river has morphed into an invasive threat. Two years ago, when Hurricane Matthew hit, the Lumber spilled over its banks and into Lumberton's poorest neighborhoods, carrying away cars and washing out homes. Experts call it a 1,000-year flood. But just 23 months later — on Sept. 14 — Hurricane Florence's historic rains swelled the river again, further devastating the city.

She survived the Charleston church shooting. Now she feels rejected by her house of worship.

Since 1966, at least 1,165 people have been killed in 163 mass shootings across the United States. The numbers are staggering, yet death tolls don’t capture the devastating ripple effects of gun violence on survivors.

A massacre, erased

In the spring of 1989, Chinese pro-democracy activists filled Beijing's Tiananmen Square. For weeks, the protesters, led by students, stood in unprecedented defiance of the Communist regime. They called for respect for human rights and greater political participation amid the ambitious economic reforms spearhead by then-leader Deng Xiaoping. The protests eventually spread to 400 cities across China. Communist Party leaders, however, saw the protests as a threat to their hold on power and the political system. On the morning of June 4, the government sent armed troops to dissolve the demonstration in Tiananmen Square, killing and arresting activists. Though there is no official death toll, estimates range from several hundred to more than 10,000. The day is thought to be one of the bloodiest political crackdowns in modern history.

Riding the bus in a pandemic

In the middle of a pandemic, mostly low-income Washingtonians are riding the bus. It is a lifeline through poorer areas of the nation’s capital where food and services can be hard to reach. And it tells the story of a crisis that existed long before the coronavirus hit.

The improbability of Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi was raised to be holy, not speaker of the House. But the daughter of a Baltimore mayor eventually joined the family trade, running for Congress in her 40s after raising five children. Now, as she turns 80 on March 26, she is the most powerful woman in American history.

'We were all survivors of a massacre': Tiananmen protest leader remembers crackdown

Wu’er Kaixi was a prominent leader of the 1989 pro-democracy movement in China. He and other students led a hunger strike and met with then-Premier Li Peng to demand freedom and dialogue. After the Tiananmen crackdown, Wu'er was listed on China’s most wanted list. Thirty years later, he still lives in exile.

'I'm still trying to understand': Family speaks out after 15-year-old's suicide

During the pandemic, studies have shown a stark increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression among adolescents and young adults, according to the CDC. One in four young adults said they seriously contemplated taking their own life. By speaking publicly about her brother's death, Hannah Zang hopes to normalize talking about suicide and seeking professional help for mental health concerns. Post health reporter William Wan and CDC statistician Sally Curtin comment on the country’s broken mental health infrastructure.

'Our government is gambling with human life'

Without federal intervention, housing experts and advocates warn of an unprecedented wave of evictions in the coming months, and one far more devastating than the round that came after the 2008 foreclosure crisis.

Opinion | Lessons from Ahmaud Arbery's killing that you already knew

The killing of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia on Feb. 23 has punctuated what many African Americans already feel: Fear changes black bodies into threats. This rendition of the poem ‘Black 101’ memorializes the innocent lives that poet Frank X Walker says are terrorized by white rage. Part of this video appears to show Arbery’s fatal shooting. Two white men, Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, have been arrested and charged with murder.

The misery of the Carolinas in Florence's wide path of destruction

Before the first arrived, Hurricane Florence's sharp winds and historic rainfall came first for New Bern, N.C., a gracious 300-year-old town that took its name from the capital of Switzerland, went on to invent Pepsi-Cola and lured new residents by its beauty — at the juncture of two picturesque rivers, the Neuse and the Trent. 

When the storm made landfall early Friday morning, rainwater saturated New Bern from above, and coastal seawater overwhelmed it from the ground, surging up those rivers, flipping boats, stranding hundreds in their homes, and showing Carolinians both north and south what was coming next.

Opinion | Andrew Young on John Lewis: 'We chose to give our lives for peace'

Civil rights leader Andrew Young, a former U.N. ambassador and congressman, reflects on Rep. John Lewis and the nonviolent tactics they used in the 1960s.

'Tank Man' photographer: 'I will never forget the laughter'

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people were killed in June 1989, when Chinese soldiers open fired on unarmed civilians in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Jeff Widener’s iconic ‘Tank Man’ photograph came to symbolize the brutality of the crackdown. Thirty years later, Widener shares new details about his experience covering the massacre.

Opinion | The crackdown didn’t just happen in Beijing: A journalist corrects the record on Tiananmen

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people were killed in June 1989, when Chinese soldiers open fired on unarmed civilians in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. But the crackdown didn’t just happen in the capital, says journalist and author Louisa Lim. It happened in cities such as Chengdu, in a square referred to as “Little Tiananmen.” Lim pursued a trail of evidence — eyewitness accounts, contemporaneous records and photographs — to write a book and correct the historical record.

'We shall never surrender': Three days of chaos in Hong Kong

Over the past few days, Hong Kong descended into some of the worst violence yet between protesters and police. But young people upset with China’s influence in the autonomous territory say they are undeterred by the aggressive actions of the Hong Kong police force, Beijing’s growing intimidation and the start of a new school year. The events of the past weekend show how the concerns of Hong Kongers are not going away.

'Part of me died that night': Life after surviving the Charleston church shooting

Felicia Sanders is grappling with an unexpected casualty of the deadly Emanuel AME shooting — the loss of connection to the church that shaped her life. Sanders survived the 2015 shooting by playing dead as a gunman killed nine people attending Bible study. For survivors of mass shootings, their emotional and psychological wounds are often unrecognized. Sanders says the overwhelming media attention and calls for unity and solidarity by the church have not translated into actual emotional support for survivors like her. In her eyes, the church’s leaders failed to privately minister to the most vulnerable, even as they publicly called for forgiveness and healing. Sanders, Emanuel AME senior pastor Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, and Jennifer Berry Hawes, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter of the Post and Courier and author of 'Grace Will Lead Us Home', spoke to The Post about the aftermath of the shooting.

#FreeJason: The inside story of The Post's role in global efforts to free Jason Rezaian from Iran.

For 544 days, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian sat behind bars in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, charged with espionage. His only “crime” was practicing journalism, but he became an unwitting bargaining chip in Iran’s international nuclear negotiations. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how The Post rallied for the return of its reporter and for press freedom everywhere.

How Awkwafina became the breakout star of 2018

This weekend, Nora Lum — known by her fans as Awkwafina — will become the first Asian woman to host "Saturday Night Live" in 18 years and only the second to do so in the show's 43-year history. 

A rapper, actress and comedian, Awkwafina broke into the mainstrem during a pivotal moment for Asian Americans in Hollywood, an industry just beginning to reckon with the importance of representation and inclusion. Most recently, Awkwafina was a part of Jon M. Chu's film "Crazy Rich Asians." which features a predominantly Asian cast and was the highest grossing romantic comedy in a decade, unadjusted for inflation.

Caught in the inferno: How the Camp Fire overwhelmed Paradise

It's been five days since the start of the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. Already miles of land have been burned and thousands of homes reduced to rubble. At least 42 people have been found dead; many of them were trapped in their cars while trying to escape the inferno.

Inside the room for Kavanaugh's testimony on sexual assault allegations

For the first half of Thursday, while Professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, the Supreme Court nominee did not watch. He instead prepared for his own grueling testimony, which consumed the second half of this historic Washington day.

During his testimony, Kavanaugh displayed a full range of emotions: anger at the process, defiance toward Democratic senators and grief over the harm done to his family and reputation. He repeatedly, emphatically denied Ford's allegations.

Inside the room during Christine Blasey Ford's testimony

For hours Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford recalled with composure her memory from a 1982 summer night, when she alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. At the time, they were students at elite prep schools in the Washington area. 

Ford, who has a PhD and studied the effects of trauma on survivors, spoke of the alleged act as a person affected by it personally as someone capable of analyzing the aftermath through the lens of a professional expert.

Gunned down: 24 hours across America

Mass shootings grip our attention, but people are gunned down every day in America. Monday was particularly violent.
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