Episodes
  • The Sunday Read: ‘What I Saw Working at The National Enquirer During Donald Trump’s Rise’
    Apr 14 2024

    At the center of the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Manhattan is the accusation that Trump took part in a scheme to turn The National Enquirer and its sister publications into an arm of his 2016 presidential campaign. The documents detailed three “hush money” payments made to a series of individuals to guarantee their silence about potentially damaging stories in the months before the election. Because this was done with the goal of helping his election chances, the case implied, these payments amounted to a form of illegal, undisclosed campaign spending. And because Trump created paperwork to make the payments seem like regular legal expenses, that amounted to a criminal effort at a coverup, argued Alvin Bragg, the district attorney of Manhattan. Trump has denied the charges against him.

    For Lachlan Cartwright, reading the indictment was like stepping through the looking glass, because it described a three-year period in his own professional life, one that he has come to deeply regret. Now, as a former president faces a criminal trial for the first time in American history, Cartwright is forced to grapple with what really happened at The Enquirer in those years — and whether and how he can ever set things right.

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    43 mins
  • How One Family Lost $900,000 in a Timeshare Scam
    Apr 12 2024

    Warning: this episode contains descriptions of violence.

    A massive scam targeting older Americans who own timeshare properties has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars sent to Mexico.

    Maria Abi-Habib, an investigative correspondent for The Times, tells the story of a victim who lost everything, and of the criminal group making the scam calls — Jalisco New Generation, one of Mexico’s most violent cartels.

    Guest: Maria Abi-Habib, an investigative correspondent for The New York Times based in Mexico City.

    Background reading:

    • How a brutal Mexican drug cartel came to target seniors and their timeshares.

    For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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    34 mins
  • The Staggering Success of Trump’s Trial Delay Tactics
    Apr 11 2024

    For former President Donald J. Trump, 2024 was supposed to be dominated by criminal trials. Instead, he’s found ways to delay almost all of them.

    Alan Feuer, who covers the criminal cases against Mr. Trump for The Times, explains how he did it.

    Guest: Alan Feuer, who covers extremism and political violence for The New York Times.

    Background reading:

    • On Wednesday, Donald J. Trump lost his third try in a week to delay his upcoming Manhattan trial.
    • But stalling has worked for Mr. Trump in the past.

    For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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    29 mins

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