Last night’s presidential debate offered a very important lesson: when politicians face enough pushback from accountability journalism, they can be shamed into shifting. Joe Biden’s statement on deficit spending was the result of the pushback our reporting generated a few months ago, when his campaign promoted GOP talking points about the deficit.

This is exactly the kind of thing we are going to have to do day in, day out if Biden wins the election — we will have to constantly and fearlessly report accountability stories about him and his new administration, to make sure they are doing what they promise and to give progressive lawmakers the information they need to hold Biden to his promises.

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Our small team has had an outsized impact in our first six months of reporting. Our journalism successfully pressured New York lawmakers to repeal parts of a corporate immunity law, we’ve brought to light important revelations about Amy Barrett’s climate record and now we’ve helped back Biden off of using GOP talking points.

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