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Unwanted used plastic sits outside Garten Services, a recycling facility in Oregon. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Recycling plastic is practically impossible — and the problem is getting worse

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The FBI started investigating former UCLA student Christian Secor shortly after the Capitol riot. This surveillance photo of Secor is cited in the government's application for a search warrant. Department of Justice hide caption

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A poll worker sanitizes ballot marking machines at an early voting location in Inglewood, Calif., on Oct. 29, 2020. The Los Angeles County district attorney alleges that the CEO of Konnech, which makes scheduling software for poll workers, improperly gave Chinese contractors access to sensitive employee data. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The Paycheck Protection Program was part of bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Framework and was designed to limit the impact of the pandemic on small businesses. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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How PPP Loan Forgiveness Became a Messy Process with Limited Scrutiny

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A closed barbershop in Cleveland in May 2020. Small businesses were in limbo as the coronavirus outbreak raged and the first round of the government's multibillion-dollar Paycheck Protection Program drew to a close. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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Virtually all PPP loans have been forgiven with limited scrutiny

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, seen here in 2020, said his office had aided in the arrest of the CEO of a Michigan-based election software company on "suspicion of theft of personal identifying information." Bryan Chan/AP hide caption

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Denver Riggleman, a former Republican Congressman, joined the staff of the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. His new book, "The Breach," describes his work on the investigation and his path to politics. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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A new book's behind-the-scenes look at Congress' Jan. 6 Capitol riot investigation

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The book version of "2,000 Mules," the latest project from author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, was abruptly recalled due to an unspecified "error." John Raoux/AP hide caption

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A publisher abruptly recalled the '2,000 Mules' election denial book. NPR got a copy.

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Catherine Engelbrecht, seen here in 2015, founded the controversial nonprofit True the Vote. A new lawsuit alleges that Engelbrecht and True the Vote defamed a small company that makes software for election workers. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Prominent election deniers are facing growing legal trouble

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Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, right, and former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, left, attend a summit organized by the America First Policy Institute on July 25. Meadows and DeMint have both been involved with the Conservative Partnership Institute, a nonprofit raising concerns among tax experts. Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA via Reuters hide caption

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Experts say a Trump-backed charity is pushing the boundaries of tax law

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FBI agents document evidence outside a bureau field office in Kenwood, Ohio, on Aug. 11, after an armed man tried to breach the building. He fled and was later killed by law enforcement, authorities said. WKEF/WRGT via AP hide caption

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Mike Noel at the Heritage Plantation community, June 8, 2022. Noel retired and bought a home in the mobile home park and looked forward to fishing in the ocean 20 minutes away. "I thought I was moving to paradise," he says. Eva Marie Uzcategui for NPR hide caption

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From floods to slime: Mobile home residents say landlords make millions, neglect them

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An employee looks at a vanadium flow battery in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Battery Reliability Laboratory in 2021. Andrea Starr/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory hide caption

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How The U.S. Gave Away Cutting-Edge Technology To China

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Federal judge Dabney Friedrich castigated Capitol riot defendant Brandon Straka for making, in her view, "questionable" comments about his case in public since his sentencing. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Attorney Cleta Mitchell is a senior legal fellow with the nonprofit Conservative Partnership Institute in Washington, D.C. The group has hosted "Election Integrity" summits in key states around the country, which have featured speakers from the Republican National Committee. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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What leaked audio tells us about Trump-linked "election integrity" efforts

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The former UniEnergy Technologies office in Mukilteo, Wash. Taxpayers spent $15 million on research to build a breakthrough battery. Then the U.S. government gave it to China. Jovelle Tamayo for NPR hide caption

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The U.S. made a breakthrough battery discovery — then gave the technology to China

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A new Georgia voting law reduced ballot drop box access in places that used them most

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Kathy Stolz-Silvis was nine years old when her father died, making her and her siblings eligible for Social Security survivor benefits. But she didn't become aware of those benefits until decades later. Libby March for The Marshall Project hide caption

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A tweet by former President Donald Trump appears on screen during a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Court documents reveal this tweet drew rioters to Washington, D.C., that day. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol will focus on the role of QAnon and extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys in its upcoming hearing. Prosecutors have identified the man at the center of this photograph as a QAnon-supporter named Douglas Jensen. Jensen has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Map: NPR tracked four key influencers who appeared at least 308 events in 45 states and the District of Columbia, often with elected officials, candidates, and grassroots organizations. Nick McMillan/NPR hide caption

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Election deniers have taken their fraud theories on tour — to nearly every state

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