Ryan J.’s Recent Stories
Economy Apr 03Government’s relief program for small businesses off to a slow start
The federal government’s relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start, with few businesses able to apply and some big banks saying they’re not ready to process applications.
Economy Apr 02Stimulus aid for small businesses will go to some big chains
The program was billed as a way to help local businesses retain workers and pay bills. But an expansive definition of "small business" in the law means that it will be open to much more than just Main Street shops.
Nation Aug 24‘Red flag laws’ offer tool for preventing some gun violence
With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington D.C. have now passed “red flag laws” that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous.
Politics Jul 05Beto O’Rourke’s rich father-in-law has both helped and complicated his career
The 2020 presidential candidate might never have made it on the national stage without the help of William Sanders, the intensely private tycoon who is also O'Rourke's father-in-law.
Politics Apr 24Booker releases tax returns showing high charitable giving
Sen. Cory Booker donated $24,000 to charity in 2018 — or more than 15 percent of his income. That contrasts with other Democratic presidential candidates who have reported giving much smaller percentages to charity in their tax returns, often 2…
Nation Mar 13AP analysis: Police routinely deny access to officer video footage
AP record requests for police video were met with a series of denials and failed to unearth video of a single incident that had not already been released publicly.
Nation Feb 10More states adopting gun-seizure laws after Parkland tragedy
In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and…
Nation Oct 31An Iowa diocese covered up priest’s abuse of dozens of boys
The Rev. Jerome Coyle, now 85, was stripped of his parish assignments in the 1980s but never defrocked. And it was not until this week, after The Associated Press inquired about him, that he was publicly identified by the church…
Nation Jul 22Private messaging apps undermine state public record laws
Open government advocates fear that private messaging apps are being misused by public officials to conduct business in secret and evade transparency laws.
Politics Mar 11‘Fake news’ smear takes hold among politicians at all levels
It's become ubiquitous as a signal to a politician's supporters to ignore legitimate reporting and hard questions, as a smear of the beleaguered and dwindling local press corps, and as a way for conservatives to push back against what they…