In the weeks since the East Palestine train derailment, The Lever has spotlighted the governmental decisions that deregulated the nation’s rail system. That reporting shamed the national press into echoing our coverage — which was soon credited by lawmakers for raising public awareness of some of the biggest rail safety loopholes that were baked into America’s laws by corporate lobbyists and captured regulators.

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