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The Hunt for El Chapo

How the notorious leader of the Sinoloa Drug Cartel was captured:

At eleven-forty-two that morning, Peña Nieto announced the capture on Twitter: “I acknowledge the work of the security agencies of the Mexican state in pulling off the apprehension of Joaquín Guzmán Loera in Mazatlán.” U.S. officials had already leaked the news to the Associated Press, but Peña Nieto wanted to be certain that his troops had the right man. In the summer of 2012, Mexican authorities announced that they had captured Guzmán’s son Alfredo, and held a press conference in which they paraded before the cameras a sullen, pudgy young man in a red polo shirt. A lawyer representing the man then revealed that he was not Guzmán’s son but a local car dealer named Félix Beltrán. Guzmán’s family chimed in, with barely suppressed glee, that the young man in custody was not Alfredo. In another recent case, officials in Michoacán announced that they had killed the infamous kingpin Nazario Moreno, a triumph that was somewhat undercut by the fact that Moreno—who was known as El Más Loco, or the Craziest One—had supposedly perished in a showdown with government forces in 2010. (D.E.A. agents now joke that El Más Loco is the only Mexican kingpin to have died twice.)

PUBLISHED: April 28, 2014
LENGTH: 39 minutes (9825 words)

The Missing American, on an Unapproved Mission for the CIA

An Associated Press investigation reveals that Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran and has become the longest-held American hostage, was working for the CIA at the time of his disappearance, despite denials by the U.S. government. The full story of how it all happened:

In an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules, a team of analysts — with no authority to run spy operations — paid Levinson to gather intelligence from some of the world’s darkest corners. He vanished while investigating the Iranian government for the U.S.

PUBLISHED: Dec. 13, 2013
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5245 words)

The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities

An excerpt from Enemies Within, a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman on the NYPD's secret spying unit:

"Police collected the phone numbers and e-mail addresses from the website. One was for Agnes Johnson, a longtime activist based in the Bronx. 'We were women and mothers who said, "We’re going to hold our money in our pocketbooks," ' Johnson recalled years later. 'That’s all we called for.'

"Confirmation that the activities of the Demographics Unit went far beyond what federal agencies were permitted to do was provided by the FBI itself. Once, Sanchez tried to peddle the Demographics reports to the FBI. But when Bureau lawyers in New York learned about the reports, they refused. The Demographics detectives, the FBI concluded, were effectively acting as undercover officers, targeting businesses without cause and collecting information related to politics and religion. Accepting the NYPD’s reports would violate FBI rules."
PUBLISHED: Aug. 25, 2013
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5701 words)

Trying to Unlock Secrets of Dead Serial Killer

A serial killer is caught, but takes his own life before revealing his list of victims:

"'Why don't you give us another name?' asked Russo, a federal prosecutor.

Keyes was conflicted — he wanted his story out there, but worried about the impact it would have on friends and family (he has a daughter believed to be 10 or 11), says Goeden, the FBI agent. He rebuffed all appeals to bring peace to others.

"'Think about your loved ones,' Doll urged. 'Wouldn't you want to know if they're never coming home?'

"He mulled it over and returned another day with his answer.

"'I'd rather think my loved one was on a beach somewhere,' he said, 'other than being horribly murdered.'"
PUBLISHED: Jan. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2858 words)

Mitt Romney's Dark Knight

"If Karl Rove was Bush's brain, then [Eric] Fehrnstrom is Romney's balls." Meet the former Boston Herald reporter-turned-consigliere to the presidential candidate:

"It was January of 2008, the last time Romney ran for president, and Fehrnstrom was getting in the face of an Associated Press reporter in a Staples store in South Carolina. The reporter, Glen Johnson, had just challenged Romney during a press conference, interrupting him in the middle of a claim that he didn't have lobbyists working on his campaign—Mitt definitely did—and when the press conference was over, Romney rushed after Johnson to press his case. 'Listen to my words, all right? Listen to my words,' Romney sputtered, smiling through gritted teeth. That's when Fehrnstrom stepped in and cornered Johnson in front of a Post-it notes display. 'You should act a little bit more professionally instead of being argumentative with the candidate,' he hissed at Johnson. 'It's out of line. You're out of line.'"
PUBLISHED: April 25, 2012
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4004 words)

Hate Man

From the time he was young boy, Mark Hawthorne understood the power of words. His father was a reporter for the Associated Press and his mother was a school teacher. So when Hawthorne landed his dream job and became a reporter for The New York Times, everything seemed to fall into place. Except that it all fell apart. These days, Hawthorne uses the power of words in a different way. Mostly, it's to say, "fuck you" or "I hate you." For the past 25 years, Hawthorne has lived on the streets of Berkeley, where he's developed a following and is known by the moniker "Hate Man."
PUBLISHED: March 3, 2011
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5499 words)

Obama's Commencement Address at Notre Dame

President Obama's commencement address at the University of Notre Dame on May 17, 2009, as released by the White House.
PUBLISHED: May 17, 2009
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3609 words)