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The Lever

The Lever, Amos Barshad, David Sirota, Freddy Brewster, Helen Santoro, Katya Schwenk, Katherine Li, Arjun Singh

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Latest Issues

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Congress May Cancel Your Automatic Flight Refunds

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The writers behind this newsletter.

  • The Lever

    The Lever’s reporting, podcasts, videos, and live events focus on politics, business and corruption — and how money shapes and distorts economic and environmental policy.

  • Amos Barshad

    Amos is a journalist in New York and the author of “No One Man Should Have All That Power: How Rasputins Manipulate The World.”

  • David Sirota

    Founder and editor-in-chief of The Lever, David is also an Oscar-nominated writer and worked as Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign speechwriter.

  • Freddy Brewster

    Freddy is a reporter and has been published in the Los Angeles Times, NBC News, CalMatters, the Lost Coast Outpost, and more.

  • Helen Santoro

    Helen is a Colorado-based reporter focused on health care. She has been published in KFF Health News, Scientific American, the New York Times, and more.

  • Katya Schwenk

    Katya is a journalist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her reporting and essays have appeared in The Intercept, the Baffler, the American Prospect, and elsewhere.

  • Katherine Li

    Katherine is based in Oakland, California. She has previously been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, SFGATE, and more.

  • Arjun Singh

    Arjun is an award winning audio journalist. Previously, he was a producer and guest host for The Washington Post’s flagship podcast “Post Reports,” and worked at the NPR stations WGBH and WBUR.

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